Our Instagrams are already saturated with summer selfies so, when it comes to your own holiday pics, it might just be time to look further afield for style inspiration. Forget overexposed flesh and contrived pouts, here’s how to steal the style of those icons fashion can’t help coming back to – whether you’re unwinding next to a rooftop pool or hiking in the Himalayas. Happy packing!
By Laura Hawkins
The City Hop
Cultural edification tops your weekend wish-list and you’re keen for mornings of museum hopping, followed by afternoons relaxing next to a blissfully refreshing rooftop pool. But sweltering city wardrobes are hard to master, how will you keep your cool?
The destination: Sample a Turkish coffee on the Mandolin Terrace of the newly opened Soho House Istanbul, before exploring the city’s Grand Bazaar and sophisticated Cihangir district.
The icon: Chic Bond girl Tatiana Romanova, played by Daniela Bianchi, an alluring and immaculately turned-out Soviet cipher clerk, based at the Soviet Embassy in Istanbul.
The look: Layers of diaphanous white fabric, protecting both your skin and your modesty. Think white Rosie Assoulin wide leg trousers, espadrilles and a Valentino boxy fit shirt.
The Pool Party
Nothing relaxes and rejuvenates you more than a sweltering several days spent reclining next to a sparkling pool, with an intoxicating read, a long cocktail and a steady stream of late afternoon nibbles.
The destination: A verdant and isolated chateau on Côte d'Azur, within walking distance of rolling vineyards and evening revelry in Cannes or Nice.
The icon: Effortlessly chic Marianne, played by the always seductive Romy Schneider, in tense St. Tropez set erotic thriller La Piscine (1969).
The look: Subtly sexy swimwear (this is the French Riveria, not Coachella), think one shouldered or low backed one-pieces that reveal a seductive snippet of flesh.
The Countryside Retreat
You’ve spent your day scrambling in woodland and playing board games over high tea – maybe even indulged in a spot of croquet. But now you require evening attire with a dash of Evelyn Waugh inspired aristocratic elegance…
The destination: The Michelin starred country house hotel Holbeck Ghyll, offering delectable food and sublime views of the Lake District’s Lake Windermere.
The icon: The immaculate Lady Sylvia McCordle in Julian Fellowes’ murder mystery Gosford Park (2001). She’s the inertia fuelled but secretly seductive wife of murdered philanderer Sir William McCordle, played by ice-cool Kristin Scott Thomas.
The look: Confident Thirties glamour. Opt for Proenza Schouler’s fringed ankle-skimming dresses, sleek kitten heels and glittering, attention-grabbing bling.
The Workout Weekender
You’ve little interest in relaxation; holidays are for combatting the languor of office existence, and engaging in endorphin releasing exercise. Whether you're hiking, running or beachside meditating, your enthusiasm extends to your chic workout get ups.
The destination: Run the mountainous foothills of Verdon Natural Regional Park, climaxing with a dip in the waters of the breathtaking Gorges Du Verdon.
The icon: The tousle haired and sun-kissed Chris Cahill in Personal Best (1982), a champion hurdler who strives to compete in the 1980 Olympic Games, played by Mariel Hemingway.
The look: Vintage style sportswear and practical high performance trainers. adidas Originals, New Balance and T by Alexander Wang are tried and tested team players.