Top 5 fashion tips for holiday evening chic

Leather bag

What to pack?

Up the style stakes and pack yourself a fabulous evening wardrobe, inspired by the latest resort collections from top designers.

1. Hawaiian prints and florals

2011 has seen even more interest in the resort collections than previous years. Big trends for this season include hawaiian prints and colourful florals. Stella McCartney’s feminine dresses and skirts with moonlit waves and palm prints are a guaranteed sell-out.

2. Dresses

They’re easy to pack, and easy to wear. Hunt down Roberto Cavalli’s silk dresses, or try Temperley London’s crepe kaftans and Chloe’s gorgeous embellished jersey dresses.

3. Lace

Huge this season – dresses, blouses, skirts, wide-legged trousers – you name it, you’ll find it in lace in the shops right now.

4. Fringed and long earrings

Perfect accessorising – think long feathers and beaded earrings.

5. Bags 

The clutch is the number one style to have right now. Not so good for the beach but perfect in the evening when you don’t more than a room key and a lipstick to pop into it.

Check out the Vacation Boutique on Net-a-porter for style tips and beautiful clothes.

Top tips for your holiday wardrobe

If your holiday is looming and you still haven’t hit the shops for this season’s must haves, fear not. These tips from the experts will have you looking like a beach-fit babe in no time.

Catwalk model wearing bikini

Glam up your beach wardrobe

1. Red Editor, Sam Baker offers up her top fashion sites as she searches for the perfect holiday wardrobe in the middle of sale season.

Read Sam Baker’s Hunt for the Holiday Wardrobe at Red Online.

2. Vogue - if it’s beachwear you’re after, check out Vogue’s guide to swimwear trends in 2011. Big news this summer are 60s and 70s inspired bikinis and maillots (swimsuits) in daring nude. Think Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Swap your kaftan for a maxi dress.
  • Don a scarf or over-sized beach hat.
  • Tuck your toes into a pair of metallic sandals.

Get the scoop on what to wear on the beach with Vogue.com’s ‘Surf’s up’

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

Anya Hindmarch three pocket bag

3. Anya Hindmarch’s designer bags are a huge hit with the jet set. Style Passport gives the lowdown on Anya’s top 5 must-haves when packing to go away. There’s a Valorie clutch bag in her suitcase. Find out what else with Wear in the World Anya Hindmarch.

4. The Resort Collection is big news these days for fashion designers. Collections hit the shops in November – just in time for the great Indian Ocean get-away.

Key trends for the coming year include:

  • lace in rainbow colours
  • tribal design
  • neon
  • nautical

Stay ahead with Style.com’s spotlight on the key resort trends emerging for 2012.

5. The Sartorialist – for general fashion inspiration , look no further than The Sartorialist. Since launching the blog in 2005, Scott Schuman’s street style shots have catapulted him to fame. Time magazine has named him one of the biggest design influencers today.

See for yourself, a world of style according to The Sartorialist.

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