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Sassy Mama Style: What to Wear to Beat the Heat!

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We all know the summer slug feeling, when the days are a little longer, the sun’s a little stronger, and things start to get a whole lot hotter. Summer has arrived loud and clear mama, and thankfully, there are some go-to items to get us through those sweltering times! Natalie and Gabriella, the fashion duo from The Duality have come up with some outfit inspo to get us through the sweltering heat in style. So whether you’re running around a playground, sipping a sea breeze beachside or having a hot date with the hubby, you have some easy outfits that will make sure you look glam while on the go, mama!

SMHK-whatsassymamawants-collage-natalie-03 Tibi Camisole – AED 847, Bassike Midi Skirt – AED 1,102, Zara Nude Heels – AED 125, Catbird Stacking Rings – AED 180, Jerome Dreyfus Leopard Print Bag – AED 3,660

Natalie: All white is a huge trend for summer – it’s minimal, clean and sophisticated. This Tibi camisole is a piece I throw on all the time in the humidity – it has a loose fit and is made from very light silk but the racer-back lends an athletic touch. Midi skirts are the popular new skirt silhouettes and Bassike is an amazing Australian label that also makes beautifully cut tees and perfectly slouchy jeans. Pair this combo with some nude Zara heels, simple Catbird stacking rings from The9thMuse and this racy little Jerome Dreyfus leopard print bag before running out the door — perfect for mamas on the go! 


T by Alexander Wang Tee – AED 675,  Sol Sana Leather Sandals – AED 308, J. Crew Market Tote – AED 245, Topshop Floral Skirt – AED 75, Miansai Leather Bracelet  – AED 294, Mara Hoffman Printed Swimsuit – AED 1320, J.Crew Tassel Necklace – AED 740

Gabriella: If you’re a little hesitant when it comes to donning shorts, a skirt is a great alternative to keeping cool and looking good. The cut of this skirt is flattering as it is not overly figure hugging, but enough to give shape. I’ve kept accessories to a minimum, opting for striking leather sandals instead to give personality to the outfit. The Miansai white leather bracelet adds a bit of a summer touch with the delicate anchor hook. For a focal piece, this J. Crew necklace is spot on. Make a statement with this Mara Hoffman one-piece swimsuit, high on my wish list. A straw bag is synonymous with hot weather, and J. Crew have created a more refined version to wear way beyond the beach. From bug repellant to antibacterial wipes to small toys and snacks for the kiddos, this bag will become your go-to for daily wear!


Malene Birger Dress – AED 600, Retrosuperfuture ‘Panama Oracle’ Sunglasses – AED 1,095, Porselli A.P.C Ballerina Flats – AED 825, MISCHA Jet Set Tote – AED 606, Sam Edelman Caged Leather Sandals – AED 477, Zimmermann Printed Bandeau Bikini- AED 881, Tamarillo Bangles – AED 95

Gabriella: I love this silk dress, not only for the wrap neckline but also for its desert colour. It’s casual chic, light and breezy for humid summer days. Plus, whenever it’s hot, it is often just easier to throw on a loose dress, especially when you’re traipsing around the city running errands and picking up the kids from school! Add some lightweight handmade Porselli shoes and some colourful bangles to make it a little more playful. Slip into the caged leather heels to take it from day to night. I’ve been wearing Retrosuperfuture sunglasses for a while, but I definitely have my eye on these matte resin ones; the shape is classic. If you’re like me and seem to carry a hundred things on you at any one time, then this MISCHA tote is the one for you – it’s the perfect size for a busy urban mama.

SMHK-collage-natalie-02      Cos Striped Tee – AED 75, J. Crew Sandals –  AED 879, Zara Bermuda shorts – AED 95, Louis Vuitton Mansur Gavriel Bag – AED 1819

Natalie: If you can’t be on a boat this summer, then you may as well dress like you’re on one. Cos is my favourite place to find reasonably priced striped tees – they have a few every season. The stacked heeled sandals are practical enough to spend all day in but the heel and elegant straps mean they are impressive enough to go out for a drink. And whilst I’m still not sold on the bucket hat trend, you should definitely try the bucket bag as brought back by Louis Vuitton. The Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is perfect in its simplicity!

SMHK-collage-gabriella-03-01Anthropologie Tank -AED 147, Asos Shorts – AED 70, Helen Kaminski Hat – AED 1010, Verena Berlisg Bag – AED 1,100, K.Jacques Bikini Wrap Sandals – AED 972, Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee Scent – AED 450, Hervé Van Der Straeten Gold Cuff – AED 1,234, Mara Hoffman Swimsuit – AED 838

Gabriella: I love mixing and matching prints – you can wear the top and shorts together, not to mention with any other basics you have. To accompany, K.Jacques make great sandals, and these are perfectly delicate. You can forgo makeup, but don’t miss out on perfume – Frédéric Malle scents are beautiful, and this one seems apt, paying tribute to its name, ‘Mediterranee’. Be different from the rest with a unique handmade Mochila bag by designer Verena Berlisg. Throw on a gold cuff and a Helen Kaminski hat as the final touches.

natalie & Gabriella

image001Gabriella and Natalie are two friends based in Hong Kong, who share a mutual appreciation for handbags, Alexander Wang and xiao long bao. They are the Founders of The Duality, a website that chronicles the dual nature of their wardrobes – going from work to play and day to night in the busy mecca of HK. Check out more of their fab style solutions on their Facebook Page and Instagram!

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