Travellers have different perspectives about clothes. There are people who look at clothes as practical and necessary items that offer protection against the weather, ways to conform to common practices and protocols, and to warrant safety when pursuing active sports and extreme adventures. There are travellers, however, who want “to be seen;” this calls for an updated wardrobe, which is a costly affair. If you are ready to splurge on resort or holiday clothes, what clothes should you be spending on?
Cuba is Inspiring Resort Fashion
For 2015 “resort fashion,” you may want to get the inspiration from Caroline Hallemann who wrote this piece of “infonews” How Cuba Is Influencing Resort Fashion for Travel+Leisure about what’s the latest style and fashion for resort wears.
Hallemann said… “It’s no secret that travel media is thrilled about the loosening of restrictions between Cuba and the United States. Just look to T+L’s bevy of coverage for proof of the industry’s zeal. But this week, excitement for all things Cuban started seeping into fashion industry as well.”
Halleman shares that a resort presentation was shown at the Elizabeth Street Garden, which was transformed into a Havana-like setting, replete with “everything Cuban” – “cocktails, chocolate cigars, street performers, a live band, and impersonators of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.”
The show highlighted Cuban-inspired resort outfits from citrus-colored gowns and fabrics with prints of tropical wildflower to updated versions of classic rumba dress with ruffled hemlines. Meanwhile, a collection made by Proenza Schouler “… referenced the culture of the Caribbean nation, an homage that came from, perhaps, a more personal place.” Other designs were offered by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough inspired by their recent trip to Cuba.
More Swanky Inspiration From Big Fashion Labels
If you are interested in packing your bags with the most fashion forward items from signature labels like Prada, Oscar dela Renta and the likes, check out Fashion Times in its featured Resort 2015.
- The Nautical Theme: “… Some designers and labels like M. Patmos, Tadashi Shoji and Tibi proved that there’s more to nautical fashion than striped shirts. Aside from what everyone knows as “sailor theme” stripes, seashell designs are used along with comfy fisherman and toggle sweaters, and rope detailing. If you are cruising or spending days on a beach or island, this theme can make you look right in sync with the setting.
- Polka Dots: “…Top designers and labels, such as Stella McCartney, Versace, Jenni Kayne, Kenzo, Saloni, Rebecca Minkoff, Ralph Lauren and Fendi all incorporated the print into their latest resort collections.” If you think this design is just feminine, think again as Kenzo and Fendi transform it into masculine look to fit tough-looking male fashion.
- Jumpsuits: “A wide range of designers and labels from Ralph Rucci and Richard Nicoll to Tracy Reese, Halston Heritage and Markus Lupfer all incorporated this one-piece look into their resort offerings …” A good number of the jumpsuit designs are in neutrals and dark shades. If you want this style before November, pick something brighter or bolder.
- Khaki: Top designers and brands – Balenciaga, The Row, Acne Studios and Moschino – are redefining khaki fashion. From trendy trench coats and stylish shirtdresses to must-have monochromatic looks, khaki covered the resort 2015 runways and show spaces in refreshing and playful ways. The result? “Effortlessly cool vibe” that seem to fit in many holiday destinations.
- Fit-and-Flare Dresses: “This flirty garment … is perfect for any summer soiree.” The appeal is based on the fact that it can be worn in both formal and casual events, and can make you stand out as you make the rounds from one spot/event to another… effortlessly.
- Boho: Boho is back with a vengeance! This 1960’s fashion “embracing the free-spirited and nomadic style” has been resurrected by a number of brands and designers. Boho/Gypsy resort offering show a wide range of styles and designs, you’l esily find something to meet your taste – embroidered maxi dresses, peasant blouses, floral prints, caftans, Indian paisley as well as accessories like a wreath of blooms around the head and gladiator sandals.
- Slouchy Pants: “These roomy pants – like the ones shown by Eli Tahari and Emporio Armani – are comfortable but still super stylish and sophisticated as well.” Slouchy pants are quite flexible from casual affairs to more formal dinners, making them a great piece to pack when holidaying on a resort.
- Midi Skirts: With a crop or tank top, you’ll certainly be a looker on board a cruise ship or while lounging on a beach bar with a cocktail in hand. Midi skirt made a strong showing with top labels and designers – Valentino, Gucci, Fendi, Altuzarra, Public School, Fausto Puglisi, Jonathan Saunders and DSQUARED – incorporating it A-line midi skirts into their resort 2015 collection.
If you have asymmetrical tops and skirts, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff, and Roland Mouret are all breathing new life into this design. If you have some of these stashed in your boxes f old clothe, give them a spin for another lease of life; they’re back and hot. For accessories, you’ll do no wrong with metallic ones and bucket bags.