FRESH TAKE

Do re­sort sea­son right.

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HIS­TOR­I­CALLY, Re­sort sea­son has been as­so­ci­ated with loung­ing around Saint-tropez or sip­ping Ne­gro­nis in Posi­tano bars – which is to say, not too read­ily as­so­ci­ated with “real life”. But as we ap­proach 2019 and our at­ti­tudes to­wards shop­ping con­tinue to evolve, we no longer have much in­ter­est in buy­ing pieces to wear for a three-week so­journ, only to rel­e­gate them to the back of our wardrobes along with our suit­case.

Ver­sa­til­ity is ev­ery­thing, which is why we were par­tic­u­larly smit­ten with the Re­sort 19 col­lec­tions. They just felt so… wear­able. Chanel showed fresh white two-pieces with sim­ple boater hats (and lay­ered strings of pearls – it is Chanel af­ter all), Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo gave the blazer a sum­mer-ap­pro­pri­ate up­grade in eg­gshell linen, while Fendi made its sig­na­ture mono­grammed jumpers feel fresh in a cropped and sleeve­less V-neck de­sign. Paired with high-waisted blue denim jeans, the lat­ter will be your best friend on those not-hot-enough-for-shorts sum­mer week­ends.

Closer to home, Zim­mer­mann made retro shapes feel more modern than ever, lay­er­ing polka-dot blouses un­der all-in-ones, and Matin re­minded us of the en­dur­ing style chops of khaki shorts. (With a linen shirt? Check. White tee? Check. Black one-piece cossie? Check.)

Are you read­ing this think­ing, “Well this is all well and good for week­ends but what about work?” Re­sort may feel like an an­tiof­fice sea­son, but to write-off its cor­po­rate po­ten­tial is to se­ri­ously un­der­es­ti­mate it. Chloé’s ivory slip dresses look just as good with tai­lored blaz­ers and pumps as they do with strappy flat san­dals. And a pair of wide­legged pants from Her­mès are as likely to elicit com­pli­ments in the of­fice kitchen as they are over brunch with mates.

As with ev­ery­thing we’re fawn­ing over, the power is in how you wear it. Get cre­ative – and ig­nore the rules. E

“The POWER is in how you wear it”

San­dals, $670, HER­MÈS, (02) 9287 3200 Sun­glasses, $260, HOLLY RYAN X PARED, paredeyewear.com Hat, $150, AV­ENUE, av­enuethe­la­bel.com Dress, $1,100, ZIM­MER­MANN, zim­mer­man­nwear.com

Bag, $945, GUCCI, 1300 442 878 Shirt, $1,100, ZIM­MER­MANN, zim­mer­man­nwear.com Shorts, $295, MATIN, matin­stu­dio.com

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