• vintage shop in Miami Beach. For 11 months of the year it languishes in my closet: too short, too revealing, too gold to look right in London. What is it with these vacation-romance purchases we make while away, that never work the moment we get home? Except, here’s the thing. Put it in Mykonos with a ’70s tan, a frosted lip and Birkenstocks and, suddenly, I feel like I’m Monica Vitti or maybe Paulene Stone. Summer freckles, you know, are part of the ‘disguise’.

    Are you ready, then? Let the dressing up begin. Vacation time is there to let you live out your sartorial fantasies. Whatever it is that rocks your boat, this is the time to explore it. Take the beach. Always a great place to go a bit mad, don’t you think? If you have the hip bones, try Norma Kamali’s bondage-esque one-piece with either the biggest pair of diamond studs you own or, say, a quilted fin silver-toned choker by Anndra Neen. Or what about a gold Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini with Bottega Veneta sunglasses?

    If you are really daring, you could just do the bottoms with a pair of turquoise and diamond earrings from Jennifer Meyer, or one of those fluoro pom-pom and crystal necklaces by Mario Testino for MATE. No way does the serious-jewelry-with-catwalk-style-bikini work round a pool in the English countryside or a Hamptons deck, but on an Aegean beach? With all those super yachts on the horizon and chill-out music in the background? I can’t think of anything more appropriate.

    The hat is another thing I’ll do on vacation that I won’t do at home; ditto very, very short skirts. I am thinking something with a scalloped edge in cream crochet, and a slouchy, sand-hued ankle boot (to negotiate cobblestones) on toffee-colored legs. But isn’t

    “On VACATION, I have a chance to REINVENT myself. Be a bit more ADVENTUROUS”

    there something about the right kind of summer holiday that brings out the inner Alessandra Ambrosio in all of us?

    OK. Not all of us. I have a friend for example, a self-described goth, who recently went on a lovely beach holiday, and suddenly realized, as she was packing for it, that absolutely everything in her suitcase had a ‘dry-clean only’ tag on it. She is a city girl at heart, you see. If this sounds like you, don’t worry, just think about channeling women like Talitha Getty and Marella Agnelli. Or maybe even Endora, Sam’s mother in ’60s TV show Bewitched (now what a style icon she was). Keep it grand. Keep it out of the spin dryer… A kaftan by Oscar de la Renta or Roberto Cavalli, for example. Maybe add a leather bag and a man’s-style fedora, à la Jessica Alba. Now there’s a woman who gives good vacation wardrobe.

    Anyway, must fly. Might need to send a container ahead for all the looks I’ve got going to Mykonos this year – although I will have to dust them down first.”

    How to do



    Top it all off with a man’s-style straw fedora.

    Choose glamor-with-everything metallics.

    A monochrome cover-up for the beach and beyond.

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