Beachy in the City


Wearing: Zara striped tee Quiksilver Womens linen trousers c/o Surfdome, Topshop sandals, OASAP cat hat Henryka rings

A brand that has always been a wardrobe stalwart for me (well, since 2009 at least) is Quiksilver Womens. A more grown up line than their Roxy range, I was employed by Quiksilver when the range was launched and bought into it heavily. I really felt that it had been designed with a more trend led customer in mind; for so long surfwear has been synonymous with bright colours, overt logos and very casual basics and, as a surfer myself, it's true that sometimes all you want to do after a day at the beach is chuck on a hoodie and a pair of joggers. Nevertheless, I was really interested by the launch of this new line as I felt that finally, there was a range of clothing for girls who didn't necessarily want to dress in the typical 'surfer's attire' and Quiksilver had certainly fulfilled that brief; making the range eclectic and comfortable but also chic and more grown up. And I loved it all!

I still have the line books at home from the first season launch and I used it as a reference point for so much of my styling back then as now. I used to dress in a much more layered manner, if I wasn't covered in accessories and wearing about 4 tee shirts I didn't feel like I was properly dressed, but as I've got older I definitely feel that less is more; and that one or two really quality pieces can pull a look together in a much more cohesive way than a whole heap of accessories fighting for attention.

What I really like about the Quiksilver Women's line is their attention to detail. Each garment has a little twist to it, whether that's a curved hem, a unusual fastening, or an breathtaking print. In addition to this, the fabrics they use are always superior; cardigans are a wool and silk blend or a softer handle yarn, blouses are very often silk, the denim is of excellent quality and the coats and jackets are often lined with beautiful fabric. In the case of my Quiksilver beach pants worn here, they are made of linen and cotton blend and have a tiny logo stud on the back pocket, and that's it in terms of branding. That's another thing I love about this brand; the products speak for themselves without being covered in logos!

I got these trousers from Surfdome.com which is an online stockist of over 800 brands-not all surf related, in case you were wondering! They arrived ever so quickly and they carry a huge selection of the Quiksilver Womens range. I've browsed the site before when searching for QSW clothing because up until quite recently, it was really difficult to get hold of it outside of buying it directly from the Quiksilver website, which would be fine but if something you liked was out of stock in your size, it would be impossible to track down. So it's great to have found another really reputable supplier which I will definitely be using again to buy into this brand!

Hope you like this look; I love a simple outfit now and again and this is so easy to wear and comfortable but chic at the same time. The tee is a Zara sale purchase and the hat is quite an old one from OASAP but I've worn it pretty much all summer!

XO Amie
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