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The Fashion Memo

The ultimate staycation style guide

When it comes to vacations this year, travel restrictions are encouraging people across the globe to look a little closer to home. So whether your idea of a blissful getaway is an action-packed adventure or more geared towards total relaxation, we have your capsule closet sorted. By MEGAN LOGUE

Model wears bikini top and pants, Bondi Born; hat, Sensi Studio; bikini top and briefs, Marysia; sunglasses, Givenchy. Illustrations throughout, Meriç Canatan

Seaside stay

If you’ve spent lockdown dreaming of white sandy beaches and you’re lucky enough to be heading off to one near you soon, you’ll want to make sure your look matches your heavenly surroundings. When it comes to finding stylish and flattering swimwear, look to New York-based label Marysia. Founded in 2009 by former ballerina and surf fanatic Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, it’s been a favorite of fashion editors since launch, thanks to its understated designs and clean lines. Pair its signature scallop-edged bandeau bikini with a Panama hat and Givenchy’s cool square-frame sunglasses for a timeless vacation look.

City break

Whether your itinerary revolves around visiting culinary hotspots or cultural landmarks, a city break is ideal for experimenting with head-turning pieces by exciting new names. London-based label Tove, for instance, launched only last year but has already become a favorite with fashion insiders – and the versatility of the label’s elegant summer dresses makes packing light a cinch. Pair its mood-enhancing marigold design with gold jewelry and embellished kitten heels for an enviable day-to-night look, suitable for all manner of occasions.

Model wears dress, belt and bag, Cult Gaia; dress, Tove; sandals, Cult Gaia; bag, Mark Cross; necklace, Alighieri
Model wears shirt, shorts and boots, Bottega Veneta; shirt, Acne Studios; T-shirt, Nanushka; jeans, Re/Done; boots, Ganni

Mountain lodge

Some people’s idea of the ultimate vacation is doing absolutely nothing, while the mere thought of spending a week sedentary sends others running for the hills – literally. And hiking in the mountains is a fail-safe way to re-center yourself. Given that hiking boots are a major trend this season, this is a look you can take home with you, too. Take Ganni’s technical design, which beautifully combines form with function. Finished with a utility-style jacket and a slogan tee, this makes for the ultimate hiking ensemble. When you’re back in the city, simply pair with summer dresses and mini skirts for maximum style mileage.

Country retreat

There’s nothing quite like the clean air of the countryside to reawaken your senses and replenish your soul. Going off the beaten track is synonymous with a slower pace of life and so your style should follow suit, which means you can forgo frippery in favor of more comfortable pieces. A cozy yet chic cardigan, such as Etro’s jacquard-trimmed number or Arch4’s cashmere style, will set the tone. Team yours with straight-leg jeans in a classic indigo wash and box-fresh sneakers for a look that strikes the balance between refined and relaxed.

Model wears jacket, top and jeans, Nili Lotan; cardigan, Etro; hoop earrings, Loren Stewart; sneakers; Veja; jeans, Citizens of Humanity
Model wears swimsuit, Marysia; Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Mask; blue swimsuit, Zimmermann; flip flops, Tkees; African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil

Spa break

When it comes to packing for a spa stay, less really is more. After all, you’ll be spending most of your weekend in a robe. A stylish one-piece and a pair of easy flip flops – Tkees’ leather versions are suitably luxe – are all you need for pottering from your bedroom to the pool lounger in style. Our top tip? Maximize on this much-needed moment of calm by packing high-performance beauty products that give your skin a welcome treat, too. Dr. Barbara Sturm has a cult following – and for good reason. Her gentle yet highly effective products work with your skin’s natural processes, resulting in true health and radiance – so consider popping her indulgent face mask into your travel cosmetics case.


The models featured in this story are not associated with NET-A-PORTER and do not endorse it or the products shown