It’s official: vacations are go again – and our neglected suitcases have never been happier.
Now’s not the time to go low-key with your holiday looks. Embrace your long-awaited return to vacations with resortwear statement makers that are made for parading around the beach/pool/hotel.
From Staud’s Hawaii-inspired co-ord to Agua De Coco’s postcard swimsuit, these high summer pieces should evoke pure joy.
Here’s what to wear for those ultimate ‘hello, vacation vibes’ moments.
Nothing says I’m-so-ready-for-a-beach-vacation like a summer co-ord. Make it one with a Hawaiian-inspired print and Staud’s matchy-matchy set epitomises the holiday mood. In vibrant blue with a playful print that’s worthy of the zoom feature on Instagram, we love the Kai halter-neck top and Kona maxi skirt. Wear them together for major vacation vibes, or team the maxi with a white tee or knotted shirt for a more casual take.
Partner this with: Kona printed maxi skirt, £258
If you’re into muted beach ensembles, turn up the volume via your accessories. A super-wide brim sunhat might be a pain to pack but the payoff is worth it when you’re feeling like a movie star on your sunlounger. Missoni Mare’s statement straw hat is the ultimate outfit brightener with its rainbow tones. The big brim also gives you bonus built-in protection to shield your face from the sun. Wear it with all-black so you can really show off your stripes.
If you’re about to cure your palm tree withdrawals by jetting off, pack a vacation-ready mini that you can dress up or down. Agua by Agua Bendita’s Lima Tropico mini features an iconic palm tree print that pops against the deep navy base. In breezy linen with tiered mini A-line skirt, it will keep you cool even in super-balmy climates. Style it with sliders for daytime and elevate your look with strappy wedges for sundowner cocktails.
A super-wide brim sunhat might be a pain to pack but the payoff is worth it when you’re feeling like a movie star on your sunlounger.
Poolside cocktails (oh how we’ve missed you) are worthy of a wanderluster one-piece. We think Agua De Coco’s retro postcard-inspired print swimsuit is something to write home about. With thick crossover straps, flattering open back and fitted bodice, it’s almost too good for the beach. Double it up as a vacation bodysuit and throw on a pair of neutral shorts so you can wear it après-pool.
Not just found on sandy beaches, shells have made it onto shorts, too. Mary Mare’s white Biarritz pair feature a statement orange shell print inspired by luxe coastal towns. Made from light, breathable linen with a high-rise waist and handy side pockets, they can be dressed up or down. Team these beachy-but-smart shorts with anything from bikini to tee to overshirt to majorly up your poolside posing game.
If you want a beach bag with personality, check out Loewe Paula’s Ibiza arm candy. Evocative of the island’s bohemian mood, the blanket stripes on this striped raffia basket bag are inspired by the iconic boutique Paula’s, set in the heart of Ibiza’s Old Town. Crafted with skinny top handles and stamped with the brand’s embossed logo patch it’s a designer tote that doesn’t look too try-hard for the beach. Style it with relaxed separates – or a mismatched bikini – and head for the nearest sunset.
Every suitcase needs a bold maxi dress to throw on for sundowners – and be the main event in your holiday snaps. Kalmar’s Calypso dress is like a tangerine dream. In 100% natural linen, it’s cool but oh-so statement thanks to its floaty silhouette. Just add a strong sea breeze for maximum impact. With an asymmetric statement frill across the hem, keep your footwear simple, or better still, just go barefoot.