Voluminous separates reflect a nonchalant but elegant approach to staying cool over summer.

For those sitting on the fence over the kaftan, several designers have picked it up and run with it for summer, delivering versatile styles. Beautiful linens and crisp cotton kaftans provide a fresh take on volume for summer, appropriate for not only the beach but, when thrown over a pair of jeans and sandals, the perfect blueprint for easy, laissez-faire dressing.

The play on proportion extends to the multitude of oversized shirt dresses, slouchy trans-seasonal knitwear and billowing palazzo-style pants. An oversized light knit dress, for example, is transformed from cosy to terrific with the addition of slingback heels and a pair of statement earrings for formal occasions.

Other accessories that enhance voluminous separates include Miss Crabb's irreverent shoe collaboration with Mi Piaci, arriving in stores in the next few weeks, including a pink patent leather peep-toe mule (also available in red) - an easy way to balance out the bulk and add a sense of occasion to otherwise casual pieces.

Harman Grubisa silk dress $480. Miss Crabb x Mi Piaci mules $300. Flash Jewellery ring $169 and earrings $185.


Knuefermann dress $385. Royal Republiq loafers, $285, from TK Store. Juliette Hogan sunglasses $399.

Juliette Hogan shirt $349. Harman Grubisa drawstring pants $399. Miss Crabb belt $180. Citta Design tote bag $69.90. Karen Walker lace-up shoes $415.

Camilla & Marc shirt $440. Knuefermann palazzo pants $369. Juliette Hogan silk scarf $269. Kathryn Wilson slingback heels $299. Flash Jewellery earrings $185.

Kow Tow knit dress $299 and cardigan $349. Kathryn Wilson slingback heels $299. Dyberg Kern earrings, $229, from Smith & Caughey's.