Looking for the perfect capsule travel wardrobe or beachwear for a farflung getaway? Our super-sleek cruise collection edit will inspire your investments...
Escaping to an exotic location for some well-deserved winter warmth? Then you’re most likely seeking out those out-of-season wardrobe updates for your getaway. Look to the cruise collections which sit between seasons and give a good indication of the styles many of us will be wearing come spring.
Originally created for wealthy fashionistas, traveling to warmer destinations during our winter, designers compiled capsule wardrobes consisting of wearable pieces to fit easily in their holiday suitcases.
Be inspired for your winter vacation with our ultimate capsule wardrobe edit.
By Kate Matharu
Image: Preen Spring/Summer 2014 Show
Echo the beautiful azure blue waters of your luxury long-haul getaway with Preen’s Lara blue splash t-shirt. The retro floral design will send your mind shooting off to a Hawaiian beach paradise and would make the perfect pairing with a high-waisted crisp white midi skirt.
What to wear at your favourite beachside bistro overlooking the sea? A maxi dress that ups the ante. Detailed embellishment and colour-pop shades in rich pinks and deep purples give Mara Hoffman’s mirror maxi dress the edge. A metallic sandal heel would instantly make your look evening-appropriate.
No cruise collection would be complete without a classic Breton top but Sophie Hulme’s design provides a modern update on the much-loved original. Nautical stripes are overlaid on a sharp white background giving them a 3D depth effect. Slip your favourite wide-legged white trousers in to your case and work the chicest sailor look this season.
If you’ve got on board with fashion’s ongoing love affair with the jumpsuit then for your indulgent winter sun escape Thakoon Addition’s silk-crepe playsuit is your warm weather trend update. Whether you choose to slip on your pool slider sandals to move to the bar or dress up with a sandal heel and clutch bag after dark, holiday dressing has never been easier.
Digital prints make the ultimate in-between season style choice. Once you’ve hit warmer climes, whip those opaques off and enjoy the heat in Peter Pilotto’s fabulous A-line print skirt.
Could there be any other dress more perfect for balmy sunny days in a chic beachside location than Mary Katrantzou’s Babelona? The designer’s unique talent for creating kaleidoscopic visions knows no bounds and this creation instantly transports the wearer to a mesmerising Provencal landscape.
Simple separates and sleek sandals should be the core of your capsule travel wardrobe and Kurt Geiger’s monochrome leather sandals with black uppers and a contrasting white sole will look fabulous against tanned skin with a tailored short.
Mixing neutral hues with a colour clashing tangerine shade works when textures are contrasting and fabrics are this special. Stella McCartney’s lace trim dress is cut in an umistakable A-line shape that walks the line between retro and modern beautifully.
The definitive beach accessory for your long-haul vacation? A delicately embroidered kaftan. Melissa Odabash is the go-to designer for beachwear, famed for her flattering swimwear cuts and boho chic cover-ups.