There's nothing like a summer wardrobe refresh to prepare for the sun-filled days ahead. But when you can find chic outfits on a budget, it's even better.
To the surprise of many shoppers, that's exactly what they're finding at Aussie budget retailer Big W.
The store's new summer range has just dropped, and there's one "must-have" item that customers are scrambling to get their hands on: the $25 &me Women's Rib Knit Dress.
The form-fitting dress was recently featured on fashion influencer Genevieve Cheah's Instagram page as a wardrobe staple this season. "Absolutely love the neutral colours and the versatile styles in store at the moment, perfect for dressing up or down," she wrote alongside a video of her top picks from Big W's new collection.
Fans instantly went wild for the rib knit number. "The terracotta rib dress — yes, please!!!" one excited fan wrote. "That brown dress is so stunning," stated another, while a third added "BRB on our way to Big W!"
Customers are raving about the seriously extensive range, which includes dresses from $25, sandals from $12, sun hats from $10 and everyday basics from $2.50.
Celebrity stylist and mum Rebecca James has teamed up with Big W to launch their new pieces, saying this year's summer style is all about having a good amount of basics in your wardrobe.
"Denim skirts or shorts like the The 1964 Denim Company Women's Wide Hem Short - Bay Wash ($25) and a tank are super chic this summer. It's the perfect look when you can't think of anything else to pop on. Simply add your accessories, and you're ready to go," Rebecca said.
Colourful prints and textured fabrics are also top of her list when picking summer dresses. "After the cooler months, this is our dopamine hit. Think bright colour blocking and prints. Experiment with your style and show off your personality by mixing and matching colours and prints this summer," she added.
According to Helen Hari, Senior Designer for Womenswear at Big W, affordability and lightweight flowing fabrics were top of mind when putting the collection together. "As we head into summer, Big W wanted to design a collection of affordable pieces capturing trend-inspired prints with effortless silhouettes mixed with lightweight fabrics ready for the warmer weather. From floral midis and linen-blend wraps to rib knit and shirt dresses, there is something for everyone this summer at Big W."
Here are some more of our favourite pieces from the new range:
This linen dress can take you from the beach to the bar with a quick shoe change. The lightweight material will make it a summer go-to.
Available in two colours, this dress is the perfect pretty little party dress for the warmer weather. It's another budget piece that can be styled up with accessories and a pair of heels.
These versatile platform shoes will be a summer staple. The gold accents and textured heels combine comfort and style seamlessly.
Everyone needs some basic plain T-shirts in their summer wardrobe, and at $2.50 apiece, why not get one in every colour?
Sometimes, all you need is a hat to top off an outfit. This woven, natural fedora is practical and pretty so you'll be sun-safe while looking good too.
A bag that is big enough for all your summer holiday essentials? Yes, please. This one is perfect for a quick trip to the beach or as a holiday carry-on.
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