"Out of Africa“ and into your closet - The only dress you’ll need this summer
If you’re only going to buy one dress this summer, make it the safari shirt-dress.
You don’t have to plan a trip to Africa to wear this season's safari dress - it also works in the urban jungle you call home or the office. But do not hesitate to take inspiration from the ever so gorgeous Meryl Streep in the cult classic film "Out of Africa“ to get in the right mood for this summer’s fashion vibe. There's a reason the dress is popular right now and my guess is it'll be popular for a while and here are some reasons why:
You know the kind of weather when the temperature is sky rocketing from frost to burning the soles of your feet, heavy wind is blowing your hat away and the sun is reflecting off every surface into your eyes? If you know what I’m talking about, then there’s only one fashion item that can stand the test of crazy summer weather and it's the safari dress. A fabric made of sturdy cotton or linen and sure to keep you warm from the breeze while propelling the heat off your skin. Is it magic? It’s about as close as a dress can get to feeling magical.
The safari-dress originally comes in a variety of earth tones that match a variety of skin tones. But if you’re yawning at the thought of even more beige and earth tones this season, grab a coffee. The runways offer you an assortment of different colors ranging from indigo blue to deep desert red and even greens and bright white. Or you can keep it classic by choosing sand or wood tones, which go with every occasion and are extremely on trend. Plus, neutral colors are a safe option for every age group.
How to channel Meryl:
If you’re up for a little jewelry, choose a "wooden“ accessory, such as a bracelet, necklace or chunky earrings to amplify the safari effect. If you don’t love the safari look or want to keep it a little more simple, pair with some sleek and straight-forward gold or silver accessories.
You can easily style the safari-dress over pants or leave the dress unbuttoned over your usual outfit to create some contrast and add a different style factor. Below are some street style inspiration pictures. Or try choosing knee high boots to give the look an edge.
I love to wear my safari-dress to the office with a pair of cute mules and add some jewelry and a little makeup for the evening. This dress is like a basic white tee - it works with every occasion and you can dress it up or down or simply like this:
Tips from Personal Stylist, Edem:
„You can definitely wear the safari-dress to the office. I would pair a heeled shoe with the dress, such as a bootie or classic pumps - stay away from ballerinas or other flat shoes. Depending on the color, keep your shoes subtle and not flashy with a ton of details. A monochromatic look works very well with these shoes from Walter de Silva.“
If you don’t have the safari-dress in your closet already, I wish you happy shopping!