As a country known for picturesque beaches and relatively sunny weather all year round, there's little wonder Australian designers excel when it comes to creating summer collections. After all, if there's one thing Australians inherently know, it's how to dress for a warmer climate. Between swimwear-focused brands and minimalist resortwear labels, Australian designers have a reputation globally for creating coveted warm-weather essentials that fashion girls love.
Though, don't just take my (relatively biased, Australian-born) word for it. Industry insiders agree, as recently there has been an increase in influencers dressed in dreamy Aussie brands. From Brittany Bathgate sporting the ultimate LBD (long black dress) by SIR the Label to Bettina Looney in an enviable floral maxi by Matteau, it is clear that influencers everywhere are appreciating the contemporary Australian sensibility. Christopher Esber has caught the eye of Camille Charrière, while Monikh has shown an affinity for multiple Australian designers, supporting Albus Lumen, Lee Mathews and Bec + Bridge lately. Keep scrolling for seven Australian brands that absolutely excel when it comes to summer style.
Founded by Australian sisters, Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen, Matteau's ethos focuses on simplicity and the belief that less truly is more. Its clean swimwear silhouettes and timeless dress styles are made to be appreciated for years to come.
SIR the Label
Based in Bondi Beach, SIR the Label was created to fill a gap in women's wardrobes. With an acronym that represents separates, intimates and ready-to-wear, the brand aims to create feminine pieces inspired by muses of the 1970s.
With a focus on quality fabrics including linen, silk and cashmere, Sydney-based designer Lee Mathews creates modern, feminine pieces with interesting silhouettes and contemporary details.
Bec + Bridge
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Founded by friends Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston, Bec + Bridge is produced locally in Sydney and creates coveted summer dresses the fashion set loves, often consisting of floral fabrics and flattering, feminine silhouettes.
Specialising in sleek tailoring and contemporary designs, Anna Quan is all about reinterpreting the classics. Her tailored shirts and blazers are a particular favourite amongst Australians in the know.
Translated as “white light” in Latin, Albus Lumen creates effortless summer staples you'll want to wear all season. Inspired by a vintage aesthetic, the collections are created in quality fabrics including linen and cotton blends.
Know for unique silhouettes and unexpected accents, Christopher Esber mixes masculine and feminine codes to create collections with a thoroughly modern point of view.