Finding Your Perfect Summer Party Outfit

Oxford Womenswear
A foreign concept to the majority of the world but we Australians experience a warm and balmy summer Christmas whilst the rest of the world rugs up in thermals and huge coats. December and January are the two months synonymous with endless barbeques, pool parties, beach soirees and afternoons spent on rooftops sipping cocktails with your squad. The thing that almost every lady says the moment after they RSVP their attendance for an event is “I don’t have anything to wear” – story of my life. It’s the story of every girl’s life.

I’ve put together three outfits suitable for every summer party you may attend this silly season and I’ve styled them with a brand that many wouldn’t immediately associate the words summer and party with. I walked into the Oxford store with the goal of structuring a story around how to look elegant and polished without looking like a librarian this summer. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to just put together outfits in under an hour. I’ve traditionally thought of Oxford as the place to shop if you wanted to land your dream job with a corporate but who knew I could find outfits like these?! Their designs are sensible (not librarian sensible) and stylish at the same time.

Oxford Skirt

Look 1:
I’ve chosen to style a bold printed skirt with a plain linen shirt for a look that can transition from a day at work to Christmas celebrations. This can be styled either with some cute boots or a pair of mules. I’ve gone with a pair of velvet boots to add another texture to the overall look.

Wearing – Shirt – Grana, Fleur Pleated Skirt – Oxford, Velvet Boots – Ego Official, Sunglasses – Fendi, Abby Earrings – Oxford

Oxford Womens Outfits

Oxford WomenswearLook 2:
Nothing screams summer like a crisp pair of white shorts and a panama hat. I decided to style this with a vest and opted to use the tie that came with the shorts as a belt to add a little shape. A fresh pair of white kicks to channel the sport luxe theme will dress down an otherwise refined look. It’s the fashion equivalent of a no make up, make up look – I guess this is where the oxymoron of smart casual comes in.

Wearing Petra Sleeveless Vest – Oxford, Madeline Patch Pocket Shorts – Oxford, Panama Hat – Sarah J Curtis, Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo, Sneakers – Adidas, Tomika Leather Cuff – Oxford


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Oxford Playsuit

Look 3:Oxford Playsuit
A beautiful playsuit can be styled for a day event with a gorgeous hat and some boots or dressed up in the evening
with a pair of thin-strapped heels. Afternoon soirees would be perfect as you will have the hat until dusk and then lose it for the after dark shenanigans.

WearingMolly Mosaic Print Playsuit – Oxford, Panama Hat – Sarah J Curtis, Ankle Boots – Balenciaga, Bag – Kate Spade

So for all my non-Australian readers, enjoy the FOMO because I’ll be flogging images of me in the sunshine this Christmas and working on my epic tan lines.



This post has been in collaboration with ShopStyle and Oxford.


Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Christine

    I love all three of these looks! They are all so different, yet perfectly styled. That skirt with the velvet boots is amazing and girly, and I love the vest and the Panama hat as well. Obsessed with those boots with the romper too! xoxo, Christine

  • the first look is so awesome girl! Love the velvet booties and that cute mini skirt! Bisous, Josie

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    The skirt in the first outfit is so pretty!! can’t wait to go back to Oz and have my summer time next month:)


  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    As one of your non-Australian readers (and fans) I’ll be looking forward to all those summer pictures coming up while I’m freezing my behind off in Sweden (and yeah, it tends to get kinda chilly here during winter, haha).
    As for your outfits they are so sophisticated, yet fun. Hence what we call smart casual just as you pointed out. 🙂
    GREAT styling sweetie!

  • I love the first outfit because I’m a huge fan of velvet!!

  • And this is the moment where all your non-Australian readers (like myself) become seriously jealous of your balmy Christmas haha – although I guess I do love my chilly weather for the holidays. It’s all I know! You styled these outfits brilliantly, doll. I’m especially loving the third look. Definitely something I could see myself wear!

    Stephanie //

  • Haha “without looking like a librarian” ???? I have a friend from Australia and we discussed exactly that…the fact that Christmas is during the summer. It blows my mind!!! I love those white shorts and the playsuit. Oxford has great pieces and you’re right, not librarian looking at all!

  • I honestly don’t know if I can pick a favorite outfit because you’ve slayed all of them!! The blue boots of the first, the vest of the second, and the hat of the last, they’re all great!!
    Jordan xx

  • Fernanda Samaia

    you look absolutely gorgeous

  • Fernanda Samaia

    You look absolutely gorgeous in every single outfit here babe! I totally understand what you mean though cause I grew up in Brazil and we have the same weather as Australia for the most part!


  • Tiffany Grace Devereaux

    I can totally relate to this as a SoCal girl. Last Christmas I was still sun bathing in the beach. I try to “make up” seasons with my outfits haha. I like your solutions much better. Omg those white shorts and that jumper and that hat! Your truly stunning as always. You make it look so easy!!

  • Totally swooning over your #2 look — it’s so effortlessly chic. So neat that your summer is during our “winter” months, I’m so envious!
    Xx, K

  • Girl!!!!! Those booties are to die for! I so look forward to your posts – major style inpso! love it babe!

  • Jo

    Even though I don’t live in Australia, I can relate to the warm Christmas as Texas is pretty warm all year long. And we Texans love barbecue too. I love all these summer party outfits you shared, those blue velvet boots are my favorite!

  • Your style is so refreshing! I love the choices you’ve made. I think it’s so interesting how the weather is the opposite of us over there. Christmas in summer weather? How does Santa handle that velvet suit and climb down the chimney in all that heat haha?

    xx Yasmin

  • Helen, I love look one and two! The skirt from look one and the pink top in look two are so nice. You look so gorgeous. As an Aussie living in the USA, I miss a summer Christmas. Enjoy the warmer weather. I’m slightly jealous. Hope you have a great rest of your week.
    – Elise xx

  • Love the looks!
    Especially the blue velvet booties are too good.
    Can’t wait to see all your summer outfits to dream away with when it just keeps getting colder over here haha.

    x Fiona

  • Babe you are seriously crushing all the looks, love how you styled them! I need that skirt and the boots 😉
    And as always you look stunning.
    xx, Kusum |

  • Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt Trend

    Oh i love them all. So jealous that’s summer for you.

    xoxo, Rachel

  • Deddeh Howard

    Girl that first outfit is my favorite. The colors on that skirt gives me so much life. Oh and you’re so beautiful!!

  • I love all these looks! I have to say we’ve got non stop rain here in West Coast Canada so I’m very jealous of your lovely sunny Summer weather right now! Summer outfits are the best!

  • Those velvet booties!!! I cannot take my eyes off of them! I have a similar pair in purple and love them hehe. Great looks Helen! Love your style xo, sharon

  • I find it so hard to wrap my head around summer Christmases in Australia! My pen pal from Australia first told me and I was so flabbergasted! Love all these looks especially the skirt in look 1! I think my favorite is look 2 ????

    XOXO Jenn

  • I can’t decide which look I like more! love em all
    xx francesca

    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  • I love your choices! So crazy it’s summer over there and almost winter here! Your stunning!!!!

  • How do you look fabulous in everything you style? I love that printed skirt but my fave look of the three is the second one!

  • Atsuna Matsui

    I’m particularly in love with your style the blush vest with the white pieces dear. You look amazing.


  • Lily

    Ahhh stop this is so perfect!! I’m needing those velvet booties – I love!

  • I love your boots! I ordered those back in Sept and have yet to wear them here. I love your outfits, especially the wrap shirt and hat. So chic. Great options!


  • Bernice Abuan

    I adore the blush blouse featured in look one and two! What are your other favourite pieces from Oxford?

  • All three of these looks are amazing!!!! I’ll have to definitely bookmark this for next Summer because it will definitely be freezing cold here in NYC during the holidays!

    xoxo, Jo

  • Nina
  • Love these looks babe! Im definitely gonna check out the store. Ive never actually been in there so will be fun to see what i can take away for this party season. xx

  • Marcy Yu

    Love this post babe! You have Such a great style! Love the first look ????❤️

  • Ah, I love your style! Especially love the skirt by Oxford and the booties by Sarah J Curtis!

  • I grew up in Michigan (frozen tundra), so when I moved to Southern California after I graduated college it was so weird to have sunny and warm Christmases… But oh so lovely!


  • These looks are so effortless and chic! Even as a blogger I feel like I’m always saying “I don’t have anything to wear!” Enjoy the sunshine!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly |

  • Marissa Pedersen

    Oh I wish it was warm enough in Seattle to wear these outfits! I love that pink one especially, but they’re all adorable.

  • Linh Dao

    It’s definitely still summer in LA so I love your summer look! They are all so well thought out! Super cute! I love the colorful skirt and then that pink vest is so cute!!


  • Ariel Theresa

    soo jealous!! lol I adored the second look!!! You look soo fabulous in all of them, and are all great options. There are even ways for us battling the cold to wear similar items if we throw some tights in there. Winter whites can be posh too. Enjoy that warmth!

  • Samantha Sito

    You style all these looks PERFECTLY!! It’s fall-turning to winter here in Vancouver and you are making me jealous of your Aussie summer!


  • Babe! I absolutely love your skirt and outfit one. All the outfits are styled so perfectly and suits you so well. I wouldn’t mind celebrating Christmas in warm weather ????

  • Paige Strand

    Whoa I saw outfit 1 and was like “this will be my fave,” and then I saw outfit 2… Great choices!

  • Mariann Yip

    I am obsessed with your outfits! And you’re making me miss summer since it’s getting pretty chilly here in NYC!


  • Oh those blue boots are mad, Oxford is the way to go. I like how you styled all three.

  • Yuena

    Totally not fair how you look and own every outfit you put on. <3

    With love,

  • That white blouse is perfect!!!

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