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By Madushi Rajapaksha



Summer depicts the brighter things like sunflowers flowers, red and white checked blanket picnics and Popsicles on a stick.

The best thing about the dawn of this warm weather, for me, are the floppy hats, flip flops, frozen yoghurt from the good market and obviously the fact that florals can be flaunted the best during this season.

Although everything above was exaggerated, this post isn’t about the usual floral print tops and baskets that one picks out for the summer. As much as I love the summer, I am very choosy with my florals and would mostly add smaller elements of it into an outfit. This is what the look is about. Keeping up with summer without looking like summer.

It says summer diva I suppose.




The style steals for this look are the hat and the clutch. This House of Lonali clutch is an up-cycled beauty that has been made with discarded material and turned into something of much more value.

The brand takes up-cycling to such a fashionable level! Being similar to recycling, it is also an environment sustaining method. All this was simply inspired by her college fashion project for ethical fashion.



This hat has been on my ‘to buy’ list for like ever. It was pretty tough to find a plain colour without any bows and multi coloured ribbons.  Thanks to Odel I found mine. Sadly, no special story behind this piece.



Pair a black top with blue denims to keep the day look going. Another pair of black jeans would just say anti-summer. I’d love to wear this with a high waist denim or even a denim skirt. (Both on the ‘to-buy’ list.)

As for the black top, the off the shoulder feature keeps it in balance with the black floppy hat. Off the shoulders are just a summer thing!



This look is perfect for a day time affair like shopping, brunch or even a casual drop by to your neighbour’s house. Overdressed much. Just kidding about the last one.


Do pay a visit to the ‘House of Lonali’ store down Stafford Avenue and grab one of their bestselling clutches. They have ones that would match your day time looks and the night time ones as well! All this for such a reasonable price. Don’t forget to take a peek at the stylish range of foot wear and clothing that you can choose from.


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