SOAK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SUN WITH THIS SUMMER’S BEST STYLES

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Sun’s out, fun’s here. While a swimsuit and a bottle of your most trusted sunscreen are travel essentials, dressing for the Mediterranean requires only the very best in fashion and style. With that in mind, we’ve distilled the summer collections down to let you in on the trendiest must-packs of the season, so you can look forward to a chic season ahead.

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Image: Michael Kors

For the ladies, the biggest summer trend would have to be the surf-chic look. Seen on the runways of Altuzarra, Tibi and Tory Burch, the best looks undoubtedly came from Paco Rabanne’s sci-fi meets shoreline collection. Designed by Julien Dossena, opt for a flirty short dress in a bright color – better if it’s tie-dye – and team that with sensible flats. Better yet, the dress does double-duty for en evening look. Simply throw on a smattering of jewelry and some pumps, and you’re set to inject some gnarly wit into the oft-boring cocktail dress code. Alternatively, Victoria Beckham’s cali-surf look brings new dimension to the laidback dress. Sleek and flattering to most body shapes, her pieces embody a certain je ne sais quois; which if you ask us, is always a good thing to have whether you’re languishing at the Monaco Yacht Show, or partying the night away at one of the Grand Prix after parties.

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Cutout cat-eye glittered acetate sunglasses, $525, Fendi at net-a-porter.com.

Protect your polished peepers with this season’s fab selection of retro-inspired eyewear options. Our money goes to Fendi’s cat-eye-round-lens hybrid shape that’s slowly becoming a signature style for the house. The gold glitter adds a subtle touch of glam to the look, while paying homage to Greece.

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Floral circlet, $995, Jennifer Behr at neimanmarcus.com.

To keep your salt-sprayed hair in check, don’t forget to pack in a floral circlet into your bag. On top of looking like a Grecian goddess, circlets have been trending all season, showing up on the runways of Dolce & Gabanna and Anna Sui. To avoid looking like a runaway bridesmaid, opt for a design that feature lifelike floral shapes as opposed to ornate filigree details. Plus, your crowning glory will take you right onto the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival with the ease and glamour of a style pro.

Rockstar gladiator sandals, $1,475, Valentino at barneys.com.
Rockstar gladiator sandals, $1,475, Valentino at barneys.com.

Pay homage to the home of Hera and other celestial beauties with a pair of no-nonsense gladiator sandals. Not only are they incredibly comfortable to wear, they add an instant voltage of glamour and chic to any look. Pair it with a swimsuit or a chic robe dress for the perfect beachside look.

Image: fellaswim.com
Image: fellaswim.com

Speaking of swimsuits, avoid looking like just another body and go for a bathing suit with sleek design details to stand out from the crowd. Show off your bodacious curves in a black one piece from Fella – we guarantee you’ll be turning heads in this little number.

Images: vogue.com
Images: vogue.com

For the gents, sand-tone colors will put you right on the style map. Shades of beige, wheat and cream seem to be the color of the moment, and Bottega Veneta shows you one way to wear it. Keep your look fuss-free with a fisherman jumper and some luxe jogger trousers. Roll up your sleeves or throw on a white shirt underneath for a more presentable look to hit up a Mediterranean party. If the monochromatic look is too much, swap for a neutral-colored pair of slacks, or take your cue from Canali with an all-white outfit. Either way, beige has never been this current and in style.

Wool blend scarf, $101.50, Missoni at forzieri.com.
Wool blend scarf, $101.50, Missoni at forzieri.com.

Sometimes, an accessory may serve no other purpose than to add a hand of pizzazz to your look, and this is one such instance. Everywhere from Burberry to Paul Smith to Gucci, designers are championing the rakish attitude of menswear with a elongated scarf nonchalantly thrown around the neck. The simplest way to work this piece into your look is by keeping everything else simple. A white linen shirt, navy blue shorts and a pair of well-made sandals is all you need to let your scarf – in this case, a Missoni wrapper – take the spotlight.

Leather sandals, $995, Saint Laurent at mrporter.com.
Leather sandals, $995, Saint Laurent at mrporter.com.

While we are on the topic of sandals, consider investing in a pair of sandals. Not only are they this season’s hottest footwear item, they’ll accompany you on your adventures out in the high seas. Plus, they afford your peds the breathability that closed-toe shoes will never be offer.

“Dylan” 57mm aviator sunglasses, $370, Tom Ford at nordstrom.com.
“Dylan” 57mm aviator sunglasses, $370, Tom Ford at nordstrom.com.

If there’s one thing that style icons Steve McQueen and Paul Newman knew, it’s that a pair of Havana sunglasses are just about as baller as it gets. Such is the case for this pair of Tom Ford sunglasses – not only are you protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays, you’ll show looking like the man of the hour.

Image: ressencewatches.com
Image: ressencewatches.com

While most diving watches will suffice for a yacht show, there is nothing in close competition to the horological beauties that Ressence has been putting out. The Type 3 – the brand’s bestseller – has been touted as the future of watchmaking, and with good measure. Engaging modern techniques and material physics, the Type 3 features a thin layer of oil inside the watch’s face, allowing for reading clarity and reduced friction within the watch’s parts. You’ll find nothing sleeker and more pleasing to look at than this.

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