Summer 2020 is all about staying local (staycation) and most importantly, safe. While we may not be visiting our usual haunts on the French and Italian Riveara or sailing around the Greek islands, we can still stay fabulous and of course, extremely chic. Just because we’re staying close to home doesn’t mean we have to hang around in our sweatpants. Honey, that was so Spring 2020! Getting dressed up makes us feel better, and makes wherever we do go feel that more special.
Summer in the city
Cities can be so busy and hot during the summer, so keeping comfortable while stylish is key. Many of the typical summer events like music festivals and rooftop concerts won’t be possible due to social distancing. So get out and explore the city by foot. Go for walks when it’s quiet outside and reaquaint yourself with the local architecture, and don’t forget to look up. You’ll be amazed at all the new details you’ll see.
It’s a perfect time to explore without tourists, in fact you can be a tourist in your own city. Do all the things you never make time for when you’re busy visiting other places. Be inspired, and also keep cool in galleries and museums during your staycation.
This year’s trend for the chunky “ugly” sandal is perfect for taking long walks in the hot city without sacrificing style over comfort. Infact, if you can pull off this season’s Chanel sandal you’re a bonafide fashionista!
Bucket hats are another tricky, yet key trend of the 2020 staycation, and Prada’s iconic sporty nylon styles can be found in a plethora of colours. Perfect for keeping you cool in the heat or protecting you from any inclement weather. And of course, if you’ll be out in public spaces you might want to invest in a chic mask. I love this neutral one with gold chain by Second Wind.
Treat yourself to a local getaway this summer and staycation in the great outdoors. A few days away being sorrounded by nature is just what we all need. If you head inland, away from the coast it will be much quieter and easier to maintain social distancing. Embrace those heavenly sorroundings in your fashion. Think oversized, creamy cashmere, and soft, flowy dresses. I’m envisioning glorious Jane Austin pastoral scenes soundtracked by Taylor Swift’s new album folklore. Ethereal lanscapes, dreamy music and luxurious fabrics, ah heaven!
A silk slip is perfect for summer, and will take you into atumn and winter with some layering.
I’ve been thinking about those fur lined slide sandals that Phoebe Philo designed when she was at Céline. Not available to buy in the shops anymore, but can be found on the resale market. The ideal quarantine footwear, as you can be comfortable yet feel really chic and fashionable.
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the coast this staycation, get out into that perfect blue sea and let the salty water make your hair beachy, wavy. I’m relaxed just thinking about it! Chartering a boat is a great way to social distance, and get away from it all.
Resort style was all over the place on the runways this year. There were polka dots, lace, strong shoulders, lots of bright colour, basically, anything goes! However the stores are still favouring all over monotone and neutral, natural fabrics a la Jacquemus. One of my favourite swimwear brands is Eres, not only do they come in the most fabulous colors, but the shapes are so flattering, and will last you for many summers to come. Barcelona milinery brand Eliupri have the most sensational hats for summer. Ideal for protecting you from the sun and getting that perfect instagram shot!
If the farthest you plan on going this year (on your staycation) is your balcony or garden, wear something fabulous, even if no one else will see it. Cocoon yourself in soft, luxurious fabrics. Silk Co-ords (matching top and bottoms) can be so chic and an elevated look for staying home. Sleepwear brand For Restless Sleepers has beautifully elegant silk pyjamas and loungewear in rainbows of colour and print.
Most importantly, wear what makes you smile, and if you’re not going anywhere, escape through fashion. As the late, great Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland always said. The eye has to travel!
Text by Pamela McKillop
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