The first holiday of the summer is always the most anticipated, the one I fantasize about the most and my only excuse for a new capsule beach wardrobe; because let’s face it beach clothes are timeless, almost annoyingly resistant to fashion trends and a pretty good return on investment if we are truly honest with each other.
Despite this reasoning, every destination has its own spirit and fashion aura and one needs to fit in the picture or even melt with the background. For my first holiday of the summer, I plotted for days what to wear in a posh island getaway like Sardinia, Italy … Sardinia what a weird name… my mind went automatically to images of my husband’s BBM status showing a can of tightly-packed sardine fish. Not very fashion-inspiring , so I asked myself: what would Sardinia regular holiday-maker Margherita Missoni wear on her humungous yacht? What would she throw on to wave a big hello to Roman Abramovich who is standing on his terrace admiring the Costa Smeralda?
Traditional limestone houses in Porto Cervo , Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
Beach voile Kaftan doubling up as a dress by DVF, buy here
Vintage Orla Kiely canvas bag
Of course I couldn’t imagine myself dressed in Missoni from head-to-toe because that would be too millionaire-esque nor actually pretend that I knew any famous film directors or footballers for that matter. I took some simple timeless elements and threw them together: nice colourful prints in shades of mint and pastels, crisp white linen and a wide fedora hat rimmed with black ribbon. Of course my bikinis were inspired by nature: deep turquoise green and a coral print which looked perfect against the invigorating emerald waters of northern Sardinia.
The result was quite accidentally a capsule collection of Diane Von Furstenberg pieces, which I am confident I will wear again on some future island holiday, maybe Ibiza or Bora Bora.
White linen romper suit by DVF , White Fedora hat from Shopbop
Porto Cervo, Sardinia , Italy
Vintage macrame cotton belt
White fedora hat from Shopbop
Bop basics, Coral print bikini by Shimmi from TheOutnet.com
Green and pink slippers by DVF
We love these beach-ready pieces for the ultimate island getaway:
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