What To Wear: On Vacation
Wherever you’re heading on your summer getaway, make sure you pack like a pro with our expert guide to the effortlessly cool dresses, flawless swimwear and elevated accessories that will make you look and feel incredible from sunrise to sunset and beyond..
An easy silhouette and an effortlessly cool spirit are the keystones of a dream vacation dress. The best will work hard to earn their place in your suitcase, slipping seamlessly from day to night and every possible occasion with a quick switch up of accessories. The simplicity and and shirred detailing of Matteau, Peony and St. Agni's offerings make them the ultimate throw-on-and-go cover-ups while the quiet elegance of Jacquemus and Johanna Ortiz's wrap dresses will keep them in your wardrobe season after season. Make STAUD’s super-sexy slip your go-to for glamour after dark.
Nailing the perfect capsule of bikinis and one-pieces is arguably the most crucial part of vacation packing. The key? Choosing classic, easy shapes with elevated details and in uplifting shades that you'll want to wear on repeat - see Jacquemus' tangerine swimsuit, Hunza G's olive green bikini with its tortoiseshell ring detailing, Marysia's scalloped edges or Christoper Esber's timeless triangle. And for something more statement-making, look for daring cutouts and striking silhouettes as seen at Reina Olga and Oséree.
Fashion's love affair with the elevated basket bag shows no sign of waning anytime soon. Look to the likes of Prada, Saint Laurent and Valentino for roomy totes that will hold your suncream, book and everything else you need beach or poolside. Jacquemus' baskets and Jil Sander's crocheted bag are a more dainty option for day to night styling while Bottega Veneta's squishy leather bags in vibrant shades will bring sophistication when night falls.
The perfect vacation footwear hits the sweet spot between comfort and luxury and is endlessly versatile to boot. A pair of leather slides - offered up this season by everyone from LOEWE to A.Emery - will work with everything from your swimwear and cover-up to your dresses, and with your wardrobe favourites when you get back home. If you want to give your look a lift, reach for St Agni's leather wedges which will bring a polished edge to your laid-back pieces or Bottega Veneta's raffia heels, set to be a love-forever summer staple.
On vacation your outfit's finishing touches are never going to be far away so they deserve as much thought as the rest of your look. A great hat is a summer - and skincare - essential so pick one that you'll want to wear on repeat, whether that's a classic baseball cap, a boho-spirited, crocheted bucket or a perfectly chic straw affair. And, given that it's impossible to have too many sunglasses, your getaway is the perfect time to play with unexpected shapes and colours whether you lean towards Jacques Marie Mage's statement-making cat's eyes or Chloé's 70s-inspired oversized shades.