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What to Wear on Summer Holidays

Feature: Quick Read
Words by JOSEPH BOBOWICZ

Holiday dressing is an artform. When your wardrobe is restricted to a single suitcase, two if you’re lucky, choosing the right clothes is more important than ever. Destination and genre of holiday is key. The warm air of a Mediterranean riviera demands a certain manner – like the Italian concept of sprezzatura, it’s effortless yet sartorial. Meanwhile, when chilling beachside, you can swap your linen suit for patterned shirting, tonal separates and nautical nods. Follow our lead.

Alanui shirt, Balmain trouser

Alanui shirt, Balmain trousers

A little improvisation goes a long way on holiday. Itineraries change, the weather flips, the best laid plans... well, sometimes you need to flex with it. You’ll be thankful for a wardrobe that can adapt. Welcome aboard mismatched sailor stripes that carry from croissants at the hotel to spontaneous walks along the promenade. Or bandana-like graphics that tell a tale of daytime excursions as much as they do a beach party. Gladiator sandals keep the look mature. Sling a cross-body or tote bag over your shoulder for your phone, SPF and novel, and start exploring.

“Packing light doesn’t mean skimping on style; lean into clashing prints and embrace an artfully thrown-together approach”

Packing light doesn’t mean skimping on style. Lean into clashing prints and embrace a thrown-together approach.

A little improvisation goes a long way on holiday. Itineraries change, the weather flips, the best laid plans... well, sometimes you need to flex with it. You’ll be thankful for a wardrobe that can adapt. Welcome aboard mismatched sailor stripes that carry from croissants at the hotel to spontaneous walks along the promenade. Or bandana-like graphics that tell a tale of daytime excursions as much as they do a beach party. Gladiator sandals keep the look mature. Sling a cross-body or tote bag over your shoulder for your phone, SPF and novel, and start exploring.

Scenic settings call for filmic wardrobes. Channel fifties charm with Cuban shirts and the seaside blues of The Talented Mr. Ripley. For true Positano panache, chino shorts and raffia accessories nail preppy-rustic, while tropical climates meet their match in Rio de Janeiro’s Frescobol Carioca beach fare. As your linen casuals dance in the ocean breeze and the yacht docks into another island, you’ll be glad you put your trust in summer’s hero items. Protagonist energy? Embrace it.

Nanushka shirt, SMR Days shorts, Church’s shoes, Orlebar Brown hat

Nanushka shirt, Smr Days shorts, Church’s shoes, Orlebar Brown hat

Sun-kissed skin and beachy hair always look good. Better yet when accentuated with the right palette and accessories. Natural, tonal hues win the day here. Elsewhere, blink-and-miss-it details – Nanushka’s intricate poplin embroidery, for example – whisper luxury. Wide-brim hats and shades, while practical, are also brilliantly cool. Let’s face it, it’s nice to need them.

“Presented with an opportunity to relax and gather your thoughts, set the tone with collected neutrals such as sand, stone and dusty brown”

It’s time to relax, slow down and collect your thoughts. Set the tone with neutral hues such as sand, stone and dusty brown.

Sun-kissed skin and beachy hair always look good. Better yet when accentuated with the right palette and accessories. Natural, tonal hues win the day here. Elsewhere, blink-and-miss-it details – Nanushka’s intricate poplin embroidery, for example – whisper luxury. Wide-brim hats and shades, while practical, are also brilliantly cool. Let’s face it, it’s nice to need them.

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