You’ve spent months plotting and planning your perfect holiday. Now that you’ve turned your attention to packing, what are the high-summer staples you’re most excited to wear? Meet the designers behind the dresses on our wishlist.
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t really feel like you’re going on a holiday until you’ve bought (and packed) that special summery dress. The one that makes you feel a little tingle of excitement. Whether you’re hitting Ibiza for a long weekend or collapsing on a beach in Greece for a week, here are the brands we turn to for effortless style when we’re winging our way somewhere sunny.
Peer into the suitcase of any stylish jetsetter and you’re likely to find Asceno sandwashed silk pyjamas, which can just as easily be worn to dinner as bed. The travel-focused collection, designed by best friends Poppy Sexton-Wainwright and Lauren Leask, is also loved by fashion editors for its elegant silk robes, sleep shirts and go-anywhere slip dresses – the latter of which will make the perfect day-to-night piece on your next sunny escape.
THREE GRACES LONDON
The creative force behind the most romantic nightwear on our radar, Catherine Johnson, also designs pitch-perfect holiday dresses and luxury beachwear. Made from the highest-quality linen, cotton and silk, what we love about these dresses is that they’re beautifully simple, while still feeling really special. There’s always a thoughtful, feminine edge to the designs – and the colour palette is grown-up without ever feeling boring.
With dramatic silhouettes and minimal designs, Kalita dresses will make you feel like the most stylish woman on the beach. Quite possibly because are you. Designed by globe-trotting Kalita Al Swaidi , the stylish London-based Texan-Iraqi understands how to nail laid-back glamour – especially when the mercury is sky-rocketing. Their pieces are so utterly beautiful that even though they’re perfect for sundowners, the brand also has a cult following among brides wanting that same relaxed elegance on their big day.
LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ
Fashion editor-turned-designer Lisa Marie Fernandez knows a thing or two about destination dressing, which is the sole focus of her collection. Her endlessly wearable and innovative holiday wear is evidence that she knows how to look cool in the heat. Based in California, when her namesake brand launched in 2009, the designer promptly pioneered the neoprene trend with surf-inspired swimsuits. Fast-forward a decade, and Lisa Marie Fernandez has a cult following as the go-to brand for ultra-feminine dresses, separates and swimsuits.
Chances are you own an off-the-shoulder top. What you may not know is the designer largely credited with the trend is Caroline Constas, who has built her name around classics with a twist. With a focus on creating a travel-friendly wardrobe, she’s also got breezy holiday wear in the bag too. Expect her signature off-the-shoulder silhouette alongside elegant dresses and modern separates, all made from airy cotton in summer patterns such as faded gingham and colourful stripes.
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