What to pack: Resort wear for honeymoon glamour

What to pack: Resort wear for honeymoon glamour
Your resort wear wardrobe needs at least one pair of knockout shoes. Heels by Freya Rose

Resort wear pieces for effortless honeymoon glamour need to earn their keep. From fabulous heels and the perfect beach-to-restaurant coverups to chic statement accessories, we’ve got the honeymoon packing covered

Words Libby Norman

Resort wear is having something of a renaissance at the moment, thanks to the popularity of cruises, year-round holidays and destination weddings. This is great news for honeymooners who want to continue the style statement they made on their way down the aisle by planning some heavenly honeymoon dressing.

Forget the old-style resort wear – there’s nothing pressed, tailored or buttoned up here. Instead, contemporary holiday wardrobes are all about sleek pieces that can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood and the occasion. Best of all, these pieces transcend the seasonal fashion round, meaning that they are great investment pieces for holidays and summers to come.

1. The beach cover-up dress

Seraphina London’s gorgeous collection of block and screen printed textiles made in India are translated in Somerset into effortlessly wearable pieces that are cool and timeless. The Asha off-the-shoulder dress has a leaf booti print, self-tie belt and is made in pure lined cotton. A cool cover up for the beach, it’s also smart enough to wear out to dinner. Just accessorise with a light tan. £135; seraphinalondon.com

2. The frivolous bikini

Made in Italy, and designed to be comfortable as well as fun to wear, Azur Bikini’s collection is easy to mix and match – although we love the print on this Lady Rose design so much that we think it should be bought as a set. Fabulous, frivolous and with more than a dash of la dolce vita glamour, it is just what you need for those honeymoon poolside moments. Add a colourful cocktail to finish off the look. €53; azurbikini.com

3. The knockout honeymoon heels

Whether you’re exploring the delights of Italy or hitting the beach, you need to find room in your case for one pair of knockout heels. Our vote is for a design that can dress up anything from jeans to a simple summer shift – go for a bold colour pop or metallic hue as an alternative to traditional white. We simply love these Freya Rose Michaela shoes in lipstick red. Made of suede with a neat ankle strap, they have a memory foam lining to keep you comfortable into the small hours. £225; freyarose.com

4. The classic femme fatale shades


You can’t pack too many pairs of sunglasses, but you need to carry at least one pair that will go with anything you pack. Cool grey mottled shades from Black Eyewear channel a 1950s jazz vibe – just the thing for a spot of nonchalant people watching from a chic hotel terrace. Accessorise with a straw hat for Audrey Hepburn elegance. £167; blackeyewear.com

5. The designer sunhat

Nothing says holiday like a fabulous hat – large enough to give you much needed shade and add an air of mystery as and when required. We love Awon Golding’s summer collection for its fabulous shapes, strong colour palette and – most of all – for putting the fun back into high-summer dressing. Awon’s studio is in London and she’s a go-to name for hats for everything from Ascot to the smartest society wedding. Chickory £465 and Garland £615;  awongolding.com

6. The luxe lingerie

British lingerie brand Dora Larsen has put a spring in our step with a colourful range of undies that look good enough to wear as outies. So, in the unfortunate event that your bikini is still drip-drying when you need to catch a few early morning rays on the bridal-suite balcony, rest assured this Vanessa longline bra and low-rise knicker set will not put you to shame. Bra £56 and knicker £32; doralarsen.com

7. The uncrushable knit dress

James Lakeland has returned to his roots in luxury knits, and this fabulous tennis-style dress is a classic example from the spring/summer collection. Made of luxury lightweight yarns produced in northern Italy, this capsule selection of timeless pieces will keep you cool, hang beautifully and can take you from breakfast on the terrace right through to dinner. The quality and ease of packing make them perfect for resort wear, and they are smart enough to see you right through the summer social calendar at home. jameslakeland.net

8. The chic white sandal

A chic flat white sandal is the perfect finish to any resort outfit and Tweety ticks all boxes for style with its soft white nappa leather and metallic details. The sandal is part of New York label Stuart Weitzman’s bridal collection of gorgeous shoes – all of which will earn their keep on honeymoon too. Prices start at £235; stuartweitzman.com

9. The luxe tropical prints

The new Kalmar resort wear line captures the spirit of 1970s boho style and founder Karen Ruimy is inspired by her Moroccan heritage. We love the bold graphic and tropical prints, featuring on everything from skirts and kaftans to swimsuits. Find the collection at Matches Fashion and at Harrods. kalmarlifestyle.com

10. The sporty-meets-sexy swimsuit

Frills and ruffles are great for poolside glamour, but if you want to show off your honed butterfly stroke or try a spot of diving you need a serious swimsuit. The Heidi Klum Swim range includes sporty-meets-sexy numbers such as this Sun Muse Shimmer design with plunge front and comfortable and supportive straps. Elegantly understated, it’s in a flattering shade of blue that will also show off your tan. £119; selfridges.com

11. The bold accessories

Bold costume pieces can bring your outfit and your tan to life and take up very little luggage space. We love the Mishanto Cutting Edge collection for its combination of burnished metallics and semi-precious stones. Garnet Veneto Hamsa cuff (left) £179 and Hamsa ring £65; mishanto.me

12. The go-anywhere frock

The Amalfi Collection from Me & Maya offers easygoing pieces that are perfect for dressing up and down, including crisp shirts and kaftans. This floaty Julie dress with paisley design at the yoke and long sleeves is perfect for those days or evenings when you want a little more coverage without feeling too formal. £225; meandmaya.co.uk

13. The eye jewellery

Whether you want to view the ocean through rose, violet or champagne-tinted spectacles, there’s no doubt that a pop of colourful eye jewellery can work wonders for your resort ensemble. We love the Finest Seven collection in glorious rainbow shades – your main problem is picking just one pair. £340; finestseven.com

14. The statement scarf

A scarf is essential for effortlesss resort wear accessorising – but make it large and lavish so you can wear it as a beach cover up, shawl or turban. Kate Liegeois creates beautiful digitally printed and hand finished silk scarves inspired by both her Cornish home and her travels to exotic destinations. This year she is donating 15 per cent from the sale of each scarf to House of Hope, Chandigahr, India, a refuge for homeless and parentless children. She’s also working with them by teaching art and design. Faraway and Cornish collection scarves £185; kateliegeois.com

15. The grand voyager luggage

Perfect for the grand voyager and way too smart to stow in the loft afterwards, Charlotte Olympia’s gloriously retro leopard-print hard-bodied luggage collection is every indecisive packer’s dream. There’s even a specially designed case for shoes – oh my, temptation indeed. If you’re going to invest in the whole set you’ll have to opt for a cruise or charter a plane, but these signature pieces will certainly cut a dash at resort check in. Upgrade here we come! From £995 for the vanity case. charlotteolympia.com


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