What To Wear: On Vacation
Nail the ultimate capsule wardrobe for your getaway with our edit of the most coveted summer pieces that deserve space in your suitcase, from the luxe co-ords you won’t want to take off to the best swim shorts to make you stand out poolside and the love-forever accessories that will perfectly round out your looks.
Even if your day-to-day style tends towards the minimal, a summer getaway is your cue to flirt with pattern and print, especially when it comes to your short-sleeved shirts. Whether you're drawn to pieces with a retro feel like BODE and STORY mfg's offerings or Alanui's bold bandana print, look for shapes you'll want to wear again and again - and if they come with co-ordinating shorts or trousers to offer up more styling options, so much the better. And no suitcase should be without a classic button-down, the ultimate wardrobe staple that works in every vacation setting.
The most important consideration here is fit. They need to look great, of course, but comfort is paramount when you're on vacation so look for relaxed silhouettes whether they have an elevated skater vibe - see Valentino's luxe Bermuda's, Marané’s slouchy linens and STORY mfg's printed cargos. For a more classic, long line chino affair look to Veilance and Meta Camapania Collective, these are pairs that hit just above the knee and are both ultra-flattering and endlessly versatile: perfect for laid-back afternoons but smart enough to look good after dark.
Once you've found your perfect co-ords, you need a polished pair of love-forever leather sandals or slides to complete the look. Luxe slides like Bottega Veneta's coveted quilted pair or Valentino's buckled classics are refined and timeless while Gucci's logoed pair will make a statement and YUME YUME's square-toed suede slip–ons are a more quietly unexpected choice. And a box fresh pair of white trainers, whether Prada's modern classics or Salomon's sought-after offering, will perfectly round out your vacation capsule.
You wouldn't want to limit yourself to one pair, would you? So head for an elevated staple with sporty details from COMMAS or Orlebar Brown. If you’re looking for something more playful - see Frescobol Carioca for elegant shapes in St Tropez-worthy patterns. Burberry's classic checks or MARANT's geometric prints lend themselves to bolder styles whilst length and coverage is all down to your sartorial preference - and if you prefer your cuts more daring, look to Vilebrequin's ultra-comfortable briefs.
Round-out your look day-to-day with one of this season's most desirable cross-body bags, whether Saint Laurent's squishy iteration or Lemaire's signature leather ‘Croissant’. A hat is a packing essential and Prada's bucket will bring all the fashion flair you need poolside, while Jacquemus' baseball cap will be your new where-everywhere favourite. And don't forget the ultimate finishing touch: a pair of statement sunglasses, whether you opt for Bottega Veneta’s oversized shapes or FLATLIST’s classic-with-a-twist tortoiseshell pair.