Last Updated on 19th October 2013

Every fash bod worth their Manolo’s is well-versed in the beautifying ways of the Resort (also known as ‘cruise’) collections. The go-between offerings from major design houses to fill the wardrobe void between fashion months; once you tire of your a/w wares, resort will rescue you until spring/summer ’13 lands in stores.

For those not accustomed with the over-spilling fashion calendar, resort collections land in stores (and online) around November, and offer pieces with a summery inclination – ‘cruise’ usually referred to the winter vacay-ing ways of the jet-setters, many of whom often hopped on a private jet to go and bask in the Mustique sun rather than slog it out in sleety Sloane Square.

But with time, resort has turned into a teaser for next season, and judging by the latest resort 2013 drops at go-to shopping destination Matches, juicy prints, monochrome and lashings of bold colour will continue to entice.

Whether you’re spending Christmas in foggy Dublin or baking Dubai, there’s nothing to stop you rocking resort’s fabulous fashions. Here are our top three resort looks for different occasions.


 Off to a wedding in the Turks and Caicos Islands? Don’t leave the miserable skies of Blighty behind without packing this multicoloured floral dress in your suitcase. Up the glam ante further by adding a statement necklace to compensate for the strapless style and finish off with a matching clutch.

Winter sun break 

If you’re lucky enough to be dancing at a Goan beach party this Christmas or New Year whilst the rest of the nation sits tight in thermals, then do so in style! We love this alternative cover-up to the traditional kaftan; perfect for popping over a black bikini for a real print pop. No winter vacation would be complete without a pair of desirable flat sandals, even if we do say so with a tinge of summer pedicure-in-winter-induced envy!

Drinks with friends

Power prints played down in darker hues is the way to rock resort right  now, and we love this lace-collared printed T-shirt paired with a simple mini for a stylish alternative to a dress. Pair with ankle boots and a shoulder bag to add a casual edge, and if the London chill proves too much whilst braving a mini, just add tights.

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