WORDS BY DAISY SCOTT
The time has come for you to get on your vacation (or adventure) — wherever that may be. To help you get your vacation wardrobe ready — or even inspire, we’ve compiled our list of beach-ready dresses and essentials that make your trip memorable.
So, from rope-detail sandals, sustainable beach-ready shirts to an iconic but super cute mini bag. We're giving you all the options, so there's no need to forget anything when you're packing.
Get Airport-Style Ready
Getting up early and catching a flight to your dream destination, doesn't mean you should compromise on your style, or comfort.
Choose to keep it simple (but always on-trend) with a pair of adidas YEEZY "Pure" slides that have been living in our minds since they came onto the scene in 2015, but don’t stop there! Finish off your airport look with a pair of YEEZY GAP ENGINEERED BY BALENCIAGA fitted sweatpants made from 100% cotton for both men and women.
Wanting to take your departure lounge look to another level? NANUSHKA and Prada have a wealth of options waiting for you — from organic cotton striped shirts to abstract-jacquard polo shirts. What’s even better is that you can re-wear these pieces to the beach for optimum style points.
Life's a Beach
Before you're relaxing, listening to the waves lap against the shore — you’ve got to ensure your style is making its own waves.
Although shoes aren’t (exactly) necessary on the beach, it’s always best to have a pair ready in waiting. Our choices? These Off-White Crisscross espadrilles — moving away from their signature bold branding, these espadrilles come in a tonal beige with a subtle logo print decorating the crossover strap to the front, it’s an easy way to sartorially reference the white sands! However, bring pops of sunshine with these nostalgic Gucci Double G sandals.
Emilio Pucci continues to be the first stop for vacation-ready styles. Maybe it is the brand’s references marked by the founders’ travels, or it’s the playful abstract prints of the: Onde, Itinerari and Astrolabio (all inspired by Palio of Siena, Bali Batiks, African and Sicilian mosaics). What are we choosing from the brand? The Plantani-print tunic dress for its versatility and lightweight cotton design — its long raglan sleeves, and tunic design, allows it to be worn on city adventures too.
Before you think that’s all you need — we believe that a little bit of fun can really lighten up a vacation wardrobe (and make a great Instagram post). We think that Palm Angels got it right when they created the Sun of a Beach tank top — it’s tongue-in-cheek, but it’s also the perfect option for a long-days on the sun loungers thanks to its 100% cotton fabrication. What more could you need? That's it, beach-wear —tick!
Discover the City
Exploring a new city is not only good for the mind, but also for your wardrobe. Take inspiration from your new surroundings and bring that into your vacation-packing.
The only way we would want to explore a city’s hidden treasures or walk along the esplanade is when we are wearing a pair of Bottega Veneta panelled slip-ons and have the Valentino Garavani Rockstud rope sandals waiting for the next adventure. The rope-detailing of the Valentino Garavani's brings nuance to your style choices.
For her, we choose the Versace scarf-panel denim dress. Why? Because it’s an effortless option that can be dressed up or dressed down, dependent on your itinerary. Its cotton-blend means that it's comfortable all-day-long, but the aspects of frayed-edging and scarf-panels brings the dress alive.
Now, for him. Casablanca continues to reign supreme when it comes to your summer wardrobe — thanks to its bright punchy motifs and silk styles that keep you coming back for more. This time, we want to add the Wave-logo print silk shirt to your suitcase. Its timeless classic collar and straight hem means that an icon in vacation wardrobes is to come. Can you tell it's one of our favourites?
Okay, so walking around a city means that a pair of sneakers must make it into the suitcase. But as it might be a hard choice, we’ve made it easy for you. Look to Golden Goose for Super-Star low-tops and signature Boost 350 sneakers courtesy of adidas x YEEZY. Both of their neutral tones make them the perfect pairs to match your entire wardrobe.
It is time for you to really show off your style — whether you want to match the atmosphere of a romantic dinner, or you want to spend the night dancing with your new-found friends. We’ve got options for you.
Dresses continue to be our go-to for any event — it’s no exception when it comes to eveningwear. We’re thinking this Versace logo-print pleated dress and MISSONI Zig-Zag V Neck dresses are the ultimate options. Both pieces are full of color and vibrancy — helping to match the same atmosphere of the evening events.
“What should I match the dress with?” We hear you ask. No need to worry, Valentino Garavani have you at the forefront of their mind. These Rockstud No Limit sandals bring elevation to any outfit — this black iteration is our top choice, as they show off the brand’s gold-tone Rockstud embellishments, a key motif for the house. Plus, they can be worn with any of your outfits — home or away.
When it comes to handbags there’s only one option that we are still thinking about. That’s the Le Chiquito courtesy of Jacquemus — plus, you can now buy this in your favourite color. Our top choice? We personally think the Le Chiquito Osier leather and raffia shoulder bag and Le Chiquito linen suit your vacation style. But that’s just us.
Don’t think we’ve forgotten about him! We believe that a shirt can make any look. We’ve chosen the NANUSHKA Neesh floral-print silk shirt for its versatility and eye-catching prints.
Okay, we’re nearly there! One more step before your vacation-ready wardrobe is complete.
Don't Forget These
Although these pieces aren’t essential, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about them just before you pack.
This beach towel is anything but basic. The Casablanca logo-print beach towel must be the choice for you. Its pastel tones means that it will be easy to spot from the beach, and who says you can’t have fun with your beach accessories. We sure didn’t!
Okay, so maybe we said that these aren’t essential. But keeping protected from the sun really is a serious matter! ELIURPI brings avant-garde energy to your accessory wardrobe — if you’re super serious about shading (and making a fashion statement) from the sun, we would go for Le Grand straw sun hat. However, if you’re into something a little more accessible — look to the Sailor straw sun hat.
Now that you have all the essentials to get you ready for your vacation — what are you waiting for? Get on that plane!