My Top 10 Simple Summer Style Essentials

How do you love to spend your summer days? Make sure that you’re 100% summer ready with My Top 10 Simple Summer Style Essentials!

Whether it’s drinks in hand, poolside with a good braai going while you watch the sun set in the distance, sunny picnics in the park, long days on the beach, or rooftop parties with friends – with so many options, it’s impossible not to love summer!

And I’m sure that with the heat we’ve been getting recently, you’ll take a dip in the sea or pool at least once this summer.

Here are My Top 10 Simple Summer Style Essentials:

  1. Shades

    This is always my top priority. Set aside a budget and invest in a pair of Polaroid shades that protect your eyes from UV rays. Mine, pictured here, are Ray-Ban clubmaster browline glasses from Sunglass Hut*. They are slim and elegant whilst being a fashionable and practical, eye catching accessory (excuse the pun). Stock up on some cheaper ones as backups (Cotton On usually runs year long in-store specials on their shades) – I always keep a pair in my car.


  2. Maxi Dress

    When temperatures heat up, it can be too warm for anything but the lightest clothing possible. From beach days to rooftop parties, the simple summer dress is our go-to outfit. The maxi dress is suitable for any body type and any occasion. This pretty little peacock feather dress pictured below is from The Online Dress*, which imports all their products from Thailand. Products are made specifically in the styles and beautiful fabrics they have chosen. So if you’re looking for that authentic tropical summer look without traveling too far, check out The Online Dress for a range of gorgeous items to suit your summer style.


  3. Hat

    Hats are a MUST under our harsh African sun. Everyone needs a hat to protect them from the sun, whilst looking stylish as ever. They’re also great for covering a bad hair day; but if you’re not a hat person, at least carry an umbrella. I got the hat pictured below from Marks & Spencer*, on my trip to India (which I will share in a future post).


  4. Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is a given! Protect your skin from sunburn and apply sunscreen once every hour. Rather tan the safe way with self tan; such as Caribbean tan or Vita Liberata. The sunscreen pictured here is Nivea Sun*, which I prefer because it’s so easy to apply and not as sticky as other sunscreens. Fellow blogger Rachael from Topknotch, recommends the Eucerin Sun Fluid range which offers great facial sunscreens that don’t make your face oily – the perfect choice to wear comfortably with makeup. Read her review here.


  5. Cozzie
    The one-piece has come back into fashion in a big way. It’s also really comfy and generally flattering. You can shop a wide selection on Spree at the moment, ranging from classics to risqué. I found this gorgeous classic black cozzie with gold detail, at Woolies*.costume-one-piece-cozzie
  6. Shorts

    For some these are a no brainer, for those of you who usually shy away from them, give them a try! Who cares what people think. Have you seen some of the super cute shorts that are available right now?? My floral pair pictured below are from Pick n Pay Clothing*, believe it or not.


  7. Beach Towel

    Use your towel to make a statement with a trendy graphic print or sassy saying. The one pictured below is one of my original designs**, available for purchase here.


  8. Tote Bag

    For trips to the beach or picnics in the park, you’ll need a bag that carries all the essentials, without skimping on style! I’m personally a big tote fan and basically carry one around every day like an extra handbag. The one pictured below is one of my original designs**, available for purchase here.


  9. A Good Read

    I recently made a decision to read at least ten of the greatest books of all time, according to Google. I’m starting with To Kill A Mockingbird* which I received as a gift last Christmas and have not had time to read. I’m SO excited that I get to read it now, finally 🙂 If you’re not a book person, catch up on the latest edition of your favourite magazine.


  10. Water bottle

    If you’re going to spend a day in the sun, keep hydrated with your water bottle on hand. Not only is water great for maintaining great skin, hair and general health – but it also quenches your thirst like nothing else can. Even though we still have water restrictions in place, at least now you won’t take it for granted.Most water bottles seem to be quite expensive, strange shapes and weird colours. I’ve been using this one from Clicks*, for everyday use; because it’s inexpensive (under R50), simple, lightweight and won’t break when I accidentally drop it.


*GIVEAWAY* Enter here to stand a chance to WIN the dress pictured in #2! XX CLOSED XX Congratulations to Erica Isaacs who has won this beautiful dress! Winner was officially announced on Friday 12 January via the Facebook page.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  1. This competition is only open to residents of South Africa.
  2. Competition entries start on Friday 5 January 2018 and entries close at midnight on Thursday 11 January 2018.
  3. Once entries have closed, the winner will be selected by myself, using a random number draw.
  4. Winner will be announced on the Peaches in the Wild website, as well as Instagram and Facebook accounts during the course of the day on Friday 12 January 2018.
  5. The prize will be delivered via courier to a valid physical South African residential address provided by the winner. This will be done within 2 months following this competition winner announcement and correspondence with the winner.
  6. The winner will be contacted through their Facebook page. If the winner does not respond within 3 working days, the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected.
  7. Only one valid entry per participant will be counted.
  8. The prize is presented to and accepted by the winner as is, no exchanges and non-refundable for cash.
  9. The dresses are ruched, which means the bodice is elasticated and stretches to fit you. This spaghetti strap dress in particular fits a South African size 30 to 36. Find out more about the dress here.
  10. Immediate family members of Peaches in the Wild and The Online Dress will be excluded from valid competition entry.

This post is not sponsored by the Online Dress, however they are sponsoring the gorgeous prize.


© Content and designs created by Peaches
*Photography taken by Peaches
**Photography courtesy of Society6

Header design created by Peaches
Header source image by Adam Birkett


  1. cirstenvandenheuvel

    Such a beautiful exquisite and sophisticated dress it’s just my style this dress. Fingers crossed 💓

  2. Veronica

    I love your images so much!! They’re so much fun! I completely agree with your list! 🙂 I’m not a huge dress person, I love my jeans even in summer but I have really been enjoying maxi dresses 🙂

    1. Peaches

      Thanks Veronica, it’s great to get such lovely feedback! 🙂 Being able to throw on one item of clothing and look great means I just can’t resist how effortless and comfortable a maxi dress can be, but I totally get you, I also find myself wearing jeans in summer haha, every girl loves their denims.


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