The Ultimate Guide for ‘Resort Casual Wear’

Seemingly oxymoronic nature, the phrase “resort casual wear” may cause anxiety if you’re going to a cruise or resort. Though the ‘resort casual’ dress code is often lumped together with business casual or cruise wear, remember that there are things you can wear at a resort that wouldn’t be appropriate for a casual business meeting, and cruise wear that you couldn’t get away with at a resort. Apart from checking your cruise line’s dress code before packing, keep on reading for our ultimate guide for resort casual wear that will make your looks appropriate at a country club, golf club, or resort.

Trade your casual navy jeans with a pair of chic trousers.

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When it comes to ‘resort casual wear’ denim jeans are not typically appropriate, although expensive, on-trend pairs may be acceptable in certain fashion-forward settings. You can, of course, wear khakis, linen pants, slacks, and culottes, flared pants, and straight-leg pants that look dressier than a pair of jeans. However, you should exercise discretion in your necklines, so better opt for moderate V-neck, crew neck, off-shoulder and such and skip those cleavage-baring necklines.

You could never go wrong with shirtdresses.

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Shirtdresses are a casual yet chic style of dresses you could never go wrong with. You may opt for maxi dresses with slits, as well as knee-length shirtdresses that look just appropriate on your setting. Though you could wear it with straw hats and summer totes during the day, you’ll likely need more formal attire for evening events.

Look effortless with rompers and matching sets.

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Since you won’t want to look overdressed in a casual setting, going for chic rompers, jumpsuits, and matching sets can be great to look chic. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, you may resort to a lightweight romper, sling bag, strappy sandals, and chic sunglasses to complete your looks.

Top your sundresses with chic yet casual toppers.

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Though you’re typically expected to wear dresses or skirts in situations that call for resort casual apparel, you could never go wrong with casual toppers like a denim jacket, lightweight cardigan, or even cropped shirt that will add some effortless vibe to your looks. Classy, knee-length summer dresses, and skirts are always a good way to go. Just aim for crew neck or boat neck necklines and wide straps to keep your looks decent.

Incorporate summer-inspired prints into your style.

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Wearing tropical inspired patterns, palm prints, floral prints and other summer-inspired prints can be great to look creative on your resort looks. A gingham print tea dress may be great if you wish to channel some vintage or retro vibe while keeping your style breezy and chic at the resort. Just go for outfits with forgiving silhouettes and skip those body-tight and clingy ensembles that will make you look uncomfortable.

Don’t forget wearing cool and functional accessories.

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Straw accessories, such as hats and bags, are the perfect complement to resort casual wear. You may skip wearing stilettos and heeled sandals, and resort to casual cool footwear like espadrilles and strappy sandals that look chic yet effortless. With our style guidelines, you’ll be able to look fashionable and appropriate on your summer getaway with friends.

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