Chic for the city, but ready for resort-living

Stylish jumpsuits and dressy on-trend must-haves to level up on style this summer

summer dresses and jumpsuits

Photography: Luke Kuisis

City life may be the backdrop to your stylish looks – for now, but getting your wardrobe ready for a resort getaway will be well worth it for the inspo and trend factor. Whether you’re getting your mood right for a major island trip or plan to turn weekend shenanigans into little bursts of paradise, this summer is all about looks that could very well be realistic in real life, but are ultimately ready for you to serve your fiercest fashion somewhere in the tropics. To get you set to make the streets your playground in chic shapes, this season, we’ve narrowed it down to three key moods you could start with.

Jump into it…


Summer wardrobe heroes that come through for you even when you can barely come through for yourself, jumpsuits are a holiday-inspired style staple. Whether you’re dressing them up in heels for a day in town or sandals for life by the beach, playsuits and jumpsuits are an easy breezy piece that gives you all the style value at minimal effort. We’d recommend looking into wrap tux, halterneck and utility styles that make that smooth transition between holiday mode and reality, with the right accessories.

Keep it casual…


Dresses with stripes, soft blues, frills and shades of white are just a few ways to elevate casual looks so they don’t fall flat. All reference different key trends at the moment, but still have the classic elements that make them the essentials you could get away with wearing on a boat cruise or running a quick errand.

Show up when you’re invited...


No, the little black dress is not over, but ‘tis the season to try a splash of colour. The playful brights that you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with “dressing up”, though. The secret to flawlessly executing colourful occasion dresses without looking like you’ve stepped out of a box of crayons is to pay attention to the silhouette: a high neck with a slit or a strappy midi dress with a slight peplum are simple shapes that make as solid a statement at an end of year party or a cocktail dinner at your hotel.

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