Straight from the runways, Resort 2018 saw almost every designer look to bright colours and bold prints when presenting their collections down the runway. Escapism is the key with resort, so every outfit should have you dreaming about other things! At Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri swept the audience off to the SouthWest, while Karl Lagerfeld brought the Greek ruins to the middle of Paris for Chanel.
In this week’s post I’ll show you how to recreate a minimal resort look with the existing pieces in your wardrobe, so you don’t have to go out and buy a new wardrobe! Let’s face it, resort style can be limiting and isn’t exactly an all year round look, so just work with what you have. Traditionally the resort trend has always consisted of bold colours, in-your-face prints and long, flowy dresses.
However, with this particular look that I have recreated, I wanted to do a different take on resort by keeping a practical element to the outfit and something that will be easily adaptable for multiple occasions. While a black dress may not scream resort, it is through the accessories and styling that will take your look to the next level.
To recreate this look, start by selecting either one black dress from your wardrobe or if you’re looking to invest in different styles then keep reading below for tips. Now, the difference between your Summer resort style black dress compared to the classic ‘LBD’ is the fabric. The dress I am wearing is crafted from linen which makes for the perfect beach/waterside look, the traditional LBD is made from more luxe fabrics that give it its identity.
This particular dress is from the brand Lulu Rose which is stocked in Myer, the dress is a shift style and features a bow which ties at the back and sits perfectly, owing to the linen fabric. The structured fit of the dress is ideal as it gives off a very polished finish, yet has a relaxed element which is perfect for the waterside venues.
Remember, there a no rules for resort and white is definitely a resort wardrobe staple so don’t be afraid to wear white. If you don’t already own a black linen dress and are looking to invest in one, then try stores such as Country Road who often produce minimalism collections that can be worn both day and night.
Other stores such as Dotti and French Connection also bring out day dresses which would be perfect for recreating this outfit. Whilst this style of dress is very structured, the loose and flowy maxi dresses can also be great options if you prefer and can just as easily be styled any way you like.
In terms of accessories, they will ultimately set the tone for the look and determine the purpose, so choose carefully! Start by working out the type of hat that you want to wear with the look, I opted for a cream panama hat with a black grosgrain bow trim from H&M as I like the classic monochrome combination. A hat is not only practical for the Summer season but is also a great addition to the outfit and instantly turns a simple black dress into something appropriate for resort attire. Next, I chose to pair a tan high-waisted belt with the dress for extra interest and which also brings together the hat in a way that sets the tone for the resort look.
The belt that I am wearing is available from kookai. A tan high-waisted belt is a great way to break up dark colours and can even be worn with tops. Keeping with the theme of tan and cream, I also wanted to pair a neutral wedge with the outfit. Not only are wedges one of the most practical shoes to wear for a beachside venue but they also help to keep the outfit casual enough for the day time. Steer clear of black shoes and black bags as they will instantly give the outfit a dressed up feel and can look heavy for the resort look. For an alternative you can try wearing a flat sandal instead of a heel. Finish your look off by pairing a clutch with the outfit for ultimate minimal style.