summer fashion beauty essentials

Summer Essentials According To Those Who Know

Quick Q: is anyone else’s seasonal depression subsiding? Warmer weather is upon us and, after this particular year, it really feels like we’re coming out of hibernation. When it comes to getting into the summer mood, we all have different rituals. Maybe it’s taking your beach towels out of storage and fishing the kinda unwieldy pop-up sun-tent out of the garage. Maybe it’s the first sip of a questionably assembled “spritz”—aka the concoction of white wine, sparkling water and ice that you swear a real Italian introduced you to. Or perhaps, it’s staring into the depths of your wardrobe and feeling like you’ve once again, forgotten how to dress when not Northfaced all the way up.

While we’d argue that the best things about summer free: sunshine on your skin, bare feet in the sand, throwing yourself dramatically into the ocean, there are a few summer essentials, in the ~lifestyle~ category that we always return to. Great SPFs are must all year round but especially as we face down higher sun exposure, as are (inclusively minded!) swimsuits. We’d also chuck a reusable water bottle on the list—moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, after all.

To help usher in the new season, Syrup picked the brains of some of the people who make some of our fav summer essentials. Whether you’re in the mood for a great book rec or a new go-to beveragino, these are the summer bits that come highly recommended.

An excellent beach umbrella

When it comes to summer essentials, Basil Bangs founder Krista Huebner won’t go past some excellent lifestyle additions. “My summer essential has to be our new ‘Mineral’ Weekend Umbrella as it reminds me of crystal blue waters and takes me away to the Mediterranean islands. In a close second comes our new Gingham tablecloths to throw on for an easy arvo antipasto and aperitivo hour with mates.”

She’s also a fan of natural and preservative-free wine, like us. Huebner name-checks Winona, “my fave little wine shop in Manly—their new ‘Pash Rash’ is pretty fun and delicious!” You’ll likely find her bushwalking to her new favourite beach, brolly in tow of course.

The Weekend Umbrella – Mineral, $199 from Basil Bangs. Salomon S/Lab XT-6 ADV sneakers, $285 from Farfetch. 2020 Delinquente Weeping Juan Rose Pet Nat, $23 from Different Drop. Macia – Riverside Sparkle Bikini, $135 from Triangl. Shark Earrings, $180 from Sarah & Sebastian.

A chic beach towel

Hello, it’s us. Once again giving you a recommendation for the cute and slightly more eco-friendly option for something you’re almost certainly gonna use this summer. A beach towel! Rupert and Bird are at the top of our “Christmas gift ideas” list with their cute, lightweight beach towels. As well as being very packable and fast-drying, the towels are made of 60% recycled plastic bottles. “A go-to for me is the unisex green Eucalyptus leaf towel from our Australian collection,” shared Edwina Barrington, founder of Rupert and Bird. “Given the Australian bushfires this year, it’s definitely a feel-good print paying homage to our wildlife and most importantly our Koalas.”

Barrington also recommends something that’s on our wishlist for maybe 30 years from now when we own our own sustainably-minded bed and breakfast in the South of Italy. “A genuine game changer for me over this summer is the Coravin wine preservation system—a waste-free and eco-friendly way to preserve a bottle of wine so when you just want that one glass of rose to sip on in the afternoon (on your towel of course!) you can do so sustainably and consciously.” A genius idea, but in the meantime, there’s always a single-serve spritz in a recyclable glass bottle or can.

Eucalyptus / Emerald Green Towel, approx $71.00 AUD from Rupert and Bird. Rosie Rose Spritz, $24.99 per pack of 4 from Dan Murphy’s. Tank Top, $19.95 from Boody. Denim shorts, $280 from RE/DONE. Fizzy Body Scrub, $19.95 from Frank Body. Mini Screen Sunscreen Collection, $70.00 from Ultra Violette.

Warm-weather activewear

So you already know we’re into our sustainable activewear and leggings around these parts. However, it’s getting warmer and *all* yoga classes are starting to feel quite hot. The solution comes once again from our perennial fave, Nimble Activewear. “Our laser cut bike short range is a summer must-have for me!” shared Vera Yan, the gal behind the brand. “I love that they are great to sweat in—they don’t ride up & the laser cut means no sausage leg! But also that they are so good to team them with a t-shirt or shirt for a casual day to day look. These are my current fave.”

For her other top pick, Yan suggests an excellent option for those of us who might not be looking to get drunk in a pool. (She is ~with baby~ rn.) “As the weather warms up, on those sunny weekend afternoons, I am really craving an Aperol spritz and/or G&T. This drink has been my preggo saviour and alcohol replacement!”

Laser Hem Bike Short, $79.00 from Nimble Activewear. Spicy Ginger Beer, $39 for 12 bottles from Capi. Hydro Flask, $44.95 from Southern Man. Organic Cotton French Terry Top in Vela Peach, $69.95 from Patagonia. Recycled Seidler Sunglasses in Naked Crystal, $79.99 from Szade. Quandong Toning Mist, $49.99 from Lowanna Natural Skincare. Tamara Sandal in Black, $425 from Mara & Mine. Adaptogen Inner Beauty Boost, $45.00 from The Beauty Chef.

A truly good multi-tasking hair and body wash

Does anyone else have fond memories of those fruit-scented 2-in-1 shampoos that always promised they wouldn’t make you cry? But did make you smell like the inside of a bag of Starburst lollies? Allow us to offer an upgraded version from the cult sustainably-minded haircare brand Davines. “The Davines SU Hair & Body Wash is an absolute must-have during the Summer months!” Carlotta del Canale, Davines’ Technical Marketing Manager tells Syrup from their Italian HQ. “The gentle, hydrating formula is so nourishing and is perfect for my hair and skin after exposure to the sun. I also love that the product is housed in recycled, carbon-neutral packaging, as it is good for both the planet and the people around me, not to mention it smells absolutely divine!”

We definitely second that scent endorsement, plus it feels nice to eliminate one extra bottle in the shower. (Just low-waste beauty things, you know?) If you’re a perma-beach person perhaps also consider investing in the Davines SU Hair Milk, which has a bunch of UV filters as well as hydrating ingredients to help protect your hair. Yes, even your hair needs protection from sun damage and the elements. This is an excellent option that doesn’t weigh your hair down, highly rec!

She also recommends some choice summer reading, Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. The book explores how the author, founder of a lil company called Patagonia is trying to use their business as a force for good in this difficult late-stage capitalist world.

On that note, shop thoughtfully this summer. Other than hot chips eaten in the afternoon sun, most reeeeally essential things can’t be bought.

SU Hair & Body Wash, $40.95 from Salon Style. Let My People Go Surfing, $35.00 from Dymocks. Refillable Cleaning System, starting from $16.95 from Cove Cleaning. Misa Casa-Print Loose-Fit Shirt, $220.00 from Paloma Wool. Arizona EVA in Black, $72 from SurfStitch. Morphe X Maddie Ziegler The Imagination Palette, $36.00 from Morphe.

Monisha Rudhran (@monishamay) is a writer and chronic Pisces. Formerly at Syrup, she's now a Digital Content Producer at ELLE and marie claire Australia. She’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.