Spring is knock, knock, knocking on our doors already so we thought what better way to beat the last few weeks of winter blues than with an easy-to-follow guide to summer. From bikinis and fabulous summer fashion to self-tan and hair essentials, we’ve got everything you need to get summer ready! So without further ado, here is the WomenStuff guide to getting summer ready.

1. Become a beach babe:

We all know that summer means pool parties and beach holidays so your first step to getting summer ready is to invest in the perfect swimsuit. We love the new summer 2015 swimsuit collection from Banana Moon. With a beautiful range of one-piece and two-piece swimsuits available, there’s one for every type of gal.

BananaMoon Bikinis

The Banana Moon SS15 collection places a big emphasizes on exotic and adventurous prints and takes inspiration from Latin American folklore and colours. Bikinis and one-pieces are adorned with bright colours, vibrant patterns, as well as stand-out energetic florals and graphics.

The Banana Moon SS15 Collection will be available at select boutique stores nationwide (including Yacht Squadron, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town) as well as the Banana Moon concept store in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. 

2. Fake it ’till you make it:

We all know that the sun can be bad news, but that doesn’t change the fact that some of us still want golden brown skin in the summer time. If you still have nightmares from that bad self-tan application in 2004 then you need to get with the times because the self-tanning world has really stepped up its game.

Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata Untinted self-tan lotion – R521.25 on promotion from Vita Liberata online store. Usually R575.

These days brands like Vita Liberata are offering clients salon-quality tanning products that will give them professional results every time. We love the Vita Liberata tanning range because their products are organic and non-toxic and work like a dream. Unlike most other tanning products this stuff conditions and nourishes the skin after application and leaves your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

3. Go all natural

Taking care of your locks in summer can be a tough chore – especially if you’re the type of lass who is always in-and-out of the ocean or swimming pool. We say, forget the flat iron and go all natural instead! Embracing the beach waves look will save you loads of time this summer, which means more time for you to relax poolside with friends and family.

EVO products

This summer we’ll be using EVO’s Salty Sea Dog salt spray and Liquid Rollers Curl Balm. These products are perfect for embracing the beach babe look and will ensure that your hair is in tip-top shape all summer long. The sea-esque salt spray gives your hair salty, beach-based texture and a matte finish and is perfect for all hair types while the curl balm is best for moisturising and styling curls. The balm holds curls together and protects against frizz and flyaways. Say Hi to EVO South Africa on Facebook for stockist information.

4. Show a little skin

After a long winter all wrapped up in boots and sneakers it’s time for your toes to come out and soak up the sun. Summer is the time for pretty sandals, pumps and showing off your marvelous pedi. We’re all about the peep-toe this summer and will be wearing them in the form of pumps and high heels.

Peep toe pump MRP

We love these super affordable peep-toe pumps from MRP. They come in 4 colours; blue, gold, brown, and white are will set you back just R89.99! At that price, you can afford to buy all four and pair them with everything in your wardrobe.