What To Pack: Editor's Pick

The February Suitcase Hotlist

It might be Valentine’s month but you don’t have to embrace romance via actual hearts and flowers. The new spring collections are full of romantic silhouettes and subtle slogans to make your heart burst.

From Chinti & Parker’s heartfelt maxi skirt to HVN’s signature Morgan dress scrawled with love notes, we’re a big fan of February fashion that doesn’t scream ‘will you be my Valentine?’ but rather whispers it in the most unexpected ways.

Here are the pieces to fall in love with this February.


The easiest way to navigate uber-romantic silhouettes – without going OTT – is via black and white. Romance Was Born’s gingham blouse has a high ruffled collar and puffball sleeves that’s crafted from whisper-weight taffeta but the unexpected gingham gives it a contemporary twist. Wear it with leather pants or go coordinated with the label’s matching pleated gingham midi skirt.


Roses are red… and hearts are blue. Meet the most modern way to do romantic print via Chinti & Parker’s fresh sky blue maxi. This 100% silk voluminous skirt is made for vacation days with a vest top. Featuring a beautiful looping heart print, the silhouette features a flattering deep basque with soft gathering and a tie detail at the waist. For head over heels romance, try wearing it with the matching heart print blouse.



When it comes to statement earrings, go with ‘the bigger the better’ philosophy and make them count. Step forward Dannijo’s crystal-encrusted heart-shaped drop earrings. Pare them down with a fluffy sweater and minimal make-up to let your ear bling do all the talking. (Featured image: Dannijo)



Forget roses, the mood for spring/summer is all about lilacs. Needle & Thread’s ‘Love of Lilacs’ collection of ethereal dresses is inspired by the heartfelt poems of Emily Dickinson written in the 19th century. We adore this delicate lilac print dress on contrasting black which will look just as good glammed up with heels, or dressed down with ankle boots and slouchy knit. 


Zimmermann’s latest resort collection is not to be ignored if you’re seeking an uber-romantic aesthetic. This shell-pink broderie anglaise linen co-ord is top of our suitcase wish list. Hold the shorts back for hotter vacation days and wear the blouse now with skinny jeans to flaunt those statement blouson sleeves to the max. 


Like something that’s just stepped off the pages of Pride and Prejudice, these Brock Collection mules have romance written all over them. In black velvet with floral embroidery jacquard bow, wear these heels for a match-made-in-heaven girly contrast to a pair of casual boyfriend jeans. With a low kitten heel (hello, comfort), they’re perfect for date nights with your very own Mr Darcy. 



If the language of love is your thing, this HVN signature Morgan dress in sunshine yellow is made for your spring/summer wardrobe. Look closely at the print and elegant Love Notes are scrawled across the dress saying ‘I love you’ in a multitude of languages (ticking the boxes for being stylish and educational). An ode to classic 1940s day dresses, wear it with sneakers to give it a modern day spin. 





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