Right now the idea of leaving behind the cold of winter for some southern hemisphere sun is extremely appealing, even if it does mean a wardrobe 180°, swapping cashmere for cotton and thermals for thongs.
But with spring just around the corner, now is actually a great time to begin the investment into your new SS15 wardrobe. So here is what you need to pack for a winter sun capsule wardrobe fit for any sunny sojourn or if you just want to get ahead for next season...
This is the place to indulge in your very own castaway fashion fantasy, and you simply need a suitcase full of bohemian beach spirit to do so. With spring's seventies throwback, channeling such a haute hippie vibe with billowing tie die maxi gowns, sheer chiffon kaftans and folksy print blouses should be an effortless endeavor. Look to designers including Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci and Valentino who all took a louche and laidback yet elegant approach to their SS 15 collections. And once the sun goes down, kimono gowns and delicate oriental florals as seen at Marni and Gucci, make a refreshing change for after dark elegance, but still with that effortless and natural goddess appeal.
For a city and beach break in one, Dubai and the UAE is the ultimate destination. And because of its hotter then hot desert climate, not only will you find yourself yacht lounging in your black and white Chloé one piece or beach bunnying in spring's must-have languid and sheer marine blues, but also layering up to brave the air conditioned beach hotels, shopping malls and restaurants. Revel in this opportunity to wear the more robust of spring's must haves including anything suede or denim (look to Gucci for new ways to wear this blue hue), palazzo pants, culottes (we love Céline's cropped flares), white skinny flared jeans, a lightweight zesty wool coat and all things structured and utilitarian.
This is the destination to max out on all things bright and beautiful. Do not be afraid of the new season neons, brights and clashing shades and prints. Don ultra bright floral bouquets on dresses, skirts, tops and swimwear – both Chanel and Michael Kors went brighter then bright with their floral offerings, and flaunt either head to toe colour or fierce, fabulous colour blocking. Red is hot this summer as is cobalt blue, and pretty much anything primary, neon or electric. But if you prefer a more subtle approach to colour, go for a simple colourful statement cuff, necklace or pair of wedge heels.
This little patch of paradise in the Indian Ocean calls for a subtle, minimal and effortless elegance. And while it might sound a little clichéd, white is the epitome of such chic island style and there is plenty on offer this season. From romantic and wistful virginal whites including broderie anglaise and fine lace delicate dresses as seen at Chloé, Erdem, Valentino and Cavalli to the more structured yet still pretty and feminine dresses at Michael Kors and tailored whites at Stella McCartney, white oozes simplistic chic. And if you only pack one pair of shoes, make it Chloé's wedge gladiator sandals.
Cape Town is a truly diverse destination encompassing a melting pot of cultures, styles and activities, from ocean antics to urban beats and this needs to be reflected in your capsule wardrobe. Spring's stripes whether nautical or not are a must both sipping cocktails at Camps Bay (wear with cute city shorts) or wine tasting inland (team with cropped trousers or double up on your stripe intake as seen at Altuzarra and Emporio Armani). Seventies esque bohemian luxe dresses and artsy and folk prints work well both beach front and downtown and for something with a bit more panache, this is the place to bare all with graphic slits, cut outs, off the shoulder necklines and sheer panels. Look to Stella McCartney and Céline for wearable flesh exposing separates.
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