Get Dressed Up

Our current collection of dresses on SurfStitch is definitely something to rave about. With a wide variation of shapes, styles and brands, no matter the occasion or the level of formality (if any), we’ve got you covered.

The casual day dress

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Simple, comfortable and sequin-free, the casual day dress is a dress you can throw on before heading to the shops along with your Converse shoes or wear to the beach over your bikini with a pair of Havaianas. Flattering, easy and cute.

DayDresses

Nunui Patchwork Dress | Vanishing Elephant Denim Pinafore Dress | Tigerlily Tuileries Mu Mu Dress

The shift dress

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This one’s a little more versatile – worn with your boots or Vans during the day or dressed up with a pair of heels and a clutch bag in the evening. With straight lines and a loose fit, the shift dress shape is flattering and an all-round winner!

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Stussy Cyprus Tee Dress – White | Lee Reflector Dress | Nunui Spring Dress

The skater skirt dress

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This style hugs and accentuates the waist line and elongates and slims the legs, and is perfect for that night out or special event.

SkaterDresses

Bebe Sydney Tournament Fit and Flare Dress | Cameo Your Song Dress – Black | Stylestalker Prom Date Dress – Off White

The bodycon dress

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Tight, slim and daring, the bodycon dress is a number reserved for after-dark. With a tight and figure-hugging fit, wear this dress with a pair of heels and a confident attitude!

BodyconDresses

Lee Break Up Dress – Black Street | Wrangler Morning Glory Dress – Navy Stripe | Jorge Constrictor Dress – Reptile

The midi-length dress

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This length is trending hard, bringing a new level of sophistication to the traditional bodycon dress. This shape flattering length generally sits a couple of inches below the knees and acentuates the curve of your hips.

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Ladakh Future Floral Dress | Maurie & Eve Voices Cross Dress – Static | Bebe Sydney Ornamented Bodycon Dress – Musk

The maxi dress

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Feminine and perfect for everything from the beach to a backyard barbeque, the maxi dress is comfortable and versatile.

MaxiDresses

Tigerlily Jurneaux Maxi Dress – Leopard | Isla By Talulah Soft Sunsets Maxi Dress | Isla Collective Long Sleeve Split Dress – Ink Navy Stripe

Imagery from Harpers Bazaar, Free People Blog, Miss Pool, Sincerely Jules, Lipsy and others unknown.

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Last days of Berlin

In our last few days of Berlin, Lauren, Ellie, Fliss and I headed out to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The camp is located about 35km outside of Berlin, and takes about 45 to 60 minutes to get out there, depending on what train you catch (we caught the fast train – all day ABC zone pass for 7.20€). We went out with a tour group called Sandemans New Berlin, and the tour was called Sachsenhausen Memorial Tour (14€), and it was well worth the money. If you don’t go with a tour you can pay for an audio guide whilst you’re out there (I would recommend it), but having a tour guide made it really interesting as he was able to tell us extra stories and facts.

The day out there was one of mixed emotion. It was incredibly hot when we headed out (lather up in suncream) and none of us had eaten lunch, which is probably not the best way to start a tour as heavy as this one. Walking through the gates and seeing the sign of “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work makes you free) was so sad. I found it really hard to comprehend that over 200,000 people went through this camp – the numbers are just too huge. And that doesn’t even include the extra 60,000 that were imprisoned in the camp due to the Soviets post WW2. We walked past the mass grave to those who were too weak to go on the ‘death march’, we entered the infirmary where a number of horrible tests were implemented on prisoners – such as infecting 11 children with hepatitis to see the effects, forcing prisoners into cold water to see how long it would take them to die of hypothermia, and what effects amphetamines would have on the soldiers – again, tested on prisoners. We saw the barracks that were made for approximately 150 prisoners but houses closer to 500, we saw the execution pits, and what I thought was the most confronting; station z. Station z was where the guards took prisoners to kill them. The complex was equipped with ovens (they could get through about 600 bodies in a 24 hour period), it had a smaller gas chamber, and it had a room where the prisoners, whilst standing against a wall to be “measured” by a “doctor” (usually a guard in medical clothes), would be shot in the back of the neck through a hole in the wall by another guard in a hidden room behind the wall. I cannot fully describe the camp through a blog- nothing can convey the ugliness of the place, nor the sterility with which the actions were carried out.

We got back into the city from our day out and absolutely crashed – a combination of extreme heat, lack of good and just being generally overwhelmed with information and horror/emotion meant it was a pretty early night for all of us!

Our last day in Berlin, Lauren and I hired out bikes! We headed down to the East Side Gallery – the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall that remains standing today – and took in all of the street art on it. Most of it is amazing art work, such as the one below, but most of it has also been graffitied with pointless things – don’t know why people feel the need to do so!image

We hopped back on our bikes and rode off to climb up the Victory Tower (nearly for squished by a bus on the way!). It’s only 3€ to climb to the top, and the views are beautiful- it’s much cheaper than heading up the TV tower, so if you’re keen for a view I’d definitely recommend the Victory Tower. Our last act of the afternoon was to visit the DDR museum. The DDR museum (7€) is an interactive museum that shows what life was like in the GDR – I.e. Life in East Germany. We really enjoyed the museum, and it’s well worth a trip (who doesn’t love an interactive museum!) but it was very crowded which did unfortunately take away from the experience.

As Ellie is heading back to Sydney and Fliss is heading to London, we all had drinks and dinner as a last night celebration. We headed out again into the Mitte area, and had a (gigantic) beer at a huge German beer garden – it was massive! It is the definition of the word beer garden! It was a place called Prater Garten – cheap beer and yummy food! Our final hurrah was at a Vietnamese restaurant just down the road from the beer garden – delicious and cheap cheap cheap food! I had sushi, pho and a cocktail all for less than 13€! Bargain!

We left Berlin early morning and arrived in Dresden a few hours later. We were too early to check in so had to chuck our bags in a storage room for a while, and I’m lucky that I had my valuables in cases – my day pack ended up on the bottom of the pile with who knows how many packs. I’ve been using a Lifeproof Nüüd case for my I-pad – and it’s amazing. I’m pretty sure I could throw it at the wall and it would be fine (don’t worry, I won’t test that theory!). They also do I-phone covers if you’re a bit more prone to dropping valuables (like me!).

I can’t report much back to you about Dresden yet as we’ve only gone for a quick stroll before checking in, but from first sight it’s a really beautiful city. It got completely bombed to ashes during WW2, but everything was rebuilt pretty much as it was before. From our initial stroll around the city I did notice a few things: a man in 3/4 length denim jeans (not something I’d seen before!), a lot of ladies in completely colour matching outfits (one even matched her lipstick), and a lot of people on crutches (I blame the cobblestones – pesky suckers if you’re not concentrating!).  So as I said, unfortunately I can’t really report on anything useful yet. We have 2 nights here and then we head to Prague, so I’ll fill you in from there.

Until then! :)

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Leopard Obsession

We thought this trend wouldn’t hang around, but it most certainly has. From footwear to bags to dresses and even swimwear, leopard print is just as big this season as it has been for the last few.

How so, you ask? It’s been changed up a bit, with bold and unexpected colours and larger and more graphic prints. Check out some of our SurfStitch leopard favourites and check out some inspiration we’ve come across.

L-DRESSES

Tigerlily Jumeaux Onesie – Leopard | All About Eve Feline Shift Dress – Leopard | Finders Keepers Paper Ships Dress – Leopard1

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L-BIKINIS

Tigerlily Neo Leopard Tara Tri Separate Top – Indigo | Tigerlily Earthy Leopard Tara Tri Bikini Top – Earthy Leopard | Stone Fox Swim Finn Separate Top – Leopard

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L-SHOE

Vans Womens Sk8 Hi Shoe – Leopard Black | Windsor Smith Tempt Leaher Sandal – Ocelot Pony | Windsor Smith Slide Flat – Ocelot Pony

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L-ACC

OBFive Big Cat Cruiser – Leopard | 3D Fins XDS 5-0 Fullbase Tri Fin Set – Snow Leopard | Minkpink Paparazzi Sunglasses – Grey Leopard Smoke Grad

Imagery from RStyle.me, Lonny, Fashionsy, Community Stylecaster, Pretty Designs, Who What Wear and others unknown.

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SUMMER IS COMING…

It’s not here yet, and early morning temperatures wouldn’t suggest that it’s on the way, but we here on the Gold Coast (who are lucky weather-wise to say the least) can see the tell-tale signs. Having passed the shortest day, the length of the sun being up in the sky is increasing, we’re piling on less snow gear for our morning walks (ha ha) and we’re seeing plenty of brand new Summery arrivals dropping on SurfStitch.

Get your Summer dresses, accessories and swimsuits ready, because it’s nearly here… Summer is coming! Enjoy some Summer inspo to get you in the mood, and shop some of our favourite ‘it’s nearly here‘ pieces!

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BIKINIS

Zulu and Zephyr The Zulu Tri Cup Bikini | Neontide Mercury Sun Underwire Bra Bikini – Sunset Red | Rusty Bubble Bikini – Strawberry

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SWIM SFS

Stone Fox Swim Bambi Separate Top – Tahiti | Stone Fox Swim Hudson Separate Pant – Tahiti | Stone Fox Swim Mia Separate Top – Birds | Stone Fox Swim Tucker Separate Pant – Birds

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TOPS

Stussy OG Swirls Tee | Lioness Hurricane Love Womens Lace Top – White | Rip Curl Pineapple Xpress Tank – White

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DRESSES

Rhythm Picnic Party Dress – Sky | Finders Keepers Simple Life Dress – Leopard Bright White | Finders Keepers Simple Life Tee Dress – Hibiscus Black

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Imagery from JLD Newsletter, Popsugar, Camille Styles, Shop Style and others unknown.

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WOMENS TREND: PRINTS THAT POP

We here at SurfStitch all love our statement pieces that make our outfits pop, and there’s no better way to do it than with a stand-out print! From florals to geometric shapes to indistinguishable shapes, make sure your wardrobe is equipped with printed pieces you love as we head towards the Spring season.

From monochrome to mixed-up brights, the louder your print, the better. Check out some of our perfectly printed inspiration and shop some of our favourite womens printed new arrivals – with everything from dresses to shorts and even footwear to get you started.

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DressesDRESSES

Lee Reflector Dress – Reflector | Cameo Alone Tonight Dress – Monochrome Rose | Keepsake Chained Mini Dress – Black Rose Cluster

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Tops

TOPS

Billabong Floral Heat Top – Bikini Red | Tigerlily Jurneaux Top – Leopard | Minkpink Gingham Games Games Womens Womens Top

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Shorts

SHORTS

Minkpink Pursuit Denim Short | Zulu and Zephyr Oceanfront Sweat Short | Finders Keepers Atlantic City Short – Hibiscus

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Pants

PANTS

Volcom Alexa Pant – Navy | Finders Keepers Begin Again Pant – Leopard | Tigerlily Soraya Pant – Marble

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Shoes

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Lipstik Toffee Sandal – Floral | Havaianas Slim Prints Animal Thong – Sand Grey Pink | Vans Womens Old Skool Shoe – Floral

Imagery from Julia Kostreva Blog, Ivana Revic, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Who What Wear, Sincerely Jules, Vogue, Atlantic-Pacific and Everything You Love to Hate.

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SurfStitch Swim Preview 14 Has Landed

As we wait for the weather to heat up, brand new drops from the biggest and best brands in swimwear keep turning up. We’ve done you all a favour and put them together on display on incredible models Kate and Zoe, styled to perfection and shot on the sunny Gold Coast.

Follow us from dawn to dusk with your first look at Summer swimwear that’s new to SurfStitch, with the SurfStitch Swim Preview 2014. Get a taste for what’s to come with some of our favourite shots from the campaign, plus the full video. Check it out!

Love what you see? Shop the entire campaign here.

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Shop Swim Preview 14

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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: Acid Washed Muscle Tees

This week in our mens and womens new arrivals, we’re loving the acid wash trend coming through on muscle tees! Our items of the week are both charcoal singlets, with a mens muscle tee from Billabong and a womens singlet from Tigerlily.

Worn with denim or leather, this wash is going to be a huge Summer trend, so take a look at some acid washed inspo and shop our items of the week on SurfStitch!

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Mens item of the week:

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Billabong Custom Muscle – Black

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Womens item of the week:

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Tigerlily Patrice Tank – Washed Black

Imagery from Vanessa Jackman & Etsy.

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Items of the Week: Washed Denim

This week we’re so excited by the launch of our 2014 Denim Guide that we had to choose our mens and womens items of the week from new arrival jeans!

This washed and distressed denim look is a key trend this Winter, and we love this G-Star Raw style in both mens jeans and womens jeans. Paired with a tee and some Converse or even dressed up, this versatile denim is an essential addition to this season’s wardrobe. Check out our inspiration and items of the week.

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Denim Guide for your right fit, trend, brand and everything in between!

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Our womens item of the week

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G-Star Raw Lynn Skinny Jean – Light Aged Destroy

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Our mens item of the week

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 G-Star Raw Arc 3D Slim Jean – Light Aged

Imagery from Street Style Seconds, Guy Look, Style Snooper Dan and other unknown.

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Womens Trend: Wistfully White

Maybe it’s because the low Winter temps are making us dream of a Summer sunshine, or maybe it’s because this colour accentuates your tan and brings a new element of sophistication to your wardrobe, but we are currently crushing on the colour white.

Top to toe or with other colours and textures thrown in the mix, wistful whites will have you thinking of Summer in the South of France! Add a fedora and a mens style leather watch to your white dress or complete for that Euro Summer look. Take a look at some wistfully white inspiration we’ve come across and shop our favourites.

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Three of Something Gradient Cami – White | Jaggar LA Pant – White Denim | Converse Womens Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Shoe – White

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Outfit2

Minkpink Sleepless City Tunic Dress – Off White | Windsor Smith Fend Leather Sandal – White | Minc Collections The Pendulum Necklace – Silver

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Outfit3

Billabong Secret Moon Top – White | Zulu and Zephyr Ethereal Skirt – White | Birkenstock Womens Arizona Sandal – White

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Imagery from Harpers Bazaar, WhoWhatWear, La Dolce Vita Blog and others unknown.

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Womens Trend // Geometric Prints

We’re talking patterns, clean lines and shapes so precise your math teacher would be proud. Geometric prints are back for another round this season, and it looks like, the bolder; the better.

From large shapes like the Stussy jumper below, to smaller prints on dresses and pants, this trend has been popping up left, right and centre in SurfStitch new arrivals. We love pops of colour among all of the monochrome this Winter, so check out some inspiration and shop our favourites!

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Stussy Hanneli Sweater – White | Billabong Vapor Pant – Black | Tigerlily Cote Dress – Black

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Cameo From Time Dress – Navy Lattice | Minkpink Wild Inbetween Dress | Bluejuice Bermuda Triangle Dress

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Tigerlily Manche Cardi – Patchwork | Bless’ed Are The Meek Define Top – Ivory Black | Isla By Talulah Once Again Dress – Animal Print

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Imagery from Elle, Harpers Bazaar and others unknown.

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