It’s hard to imagine that anything could upstage the looks coming off of the Cannes Film Festival red carpet earlier this month. But while all eyes have been on the big premiere events, the most wearable celebrity vacation outfits of 2019 were actually on a smaller stage. Namely photo calls, the Nice airport, and on the cobbled streets of the South of France.
There was plenty of buzz around Elle Fanning's glamorous Dior look, Kendall Jenner in hot pink tulle debuting the H&M x Giambattista Valli line, or any number of supermodels posing in dreamy confections. But, it’s in the off-duty moments — or as off-duty as a huge international film festival can be — one can glean ensemble ideas that translate for those who live a more low-profile life, but a stylish one, nonetheless. For instance, imagine recreating Iskra Lawrence's white denim-on-denim look every weekend getaway for the foreseeable future. Or perhaps, you'll take a cue from Chloë Sevigny and stick to an all-black color palette for summer, while also experimenting with statement-sleeved mini dresses. The bottom line: Vacation dressing can be a happy medium between Cannes' red carpet glam and what you'd wear for a weekend on the couch. The seven inspired looks below are a good place to let the outfit ideas begin to flow.
The most essential summer vacation outfit is arguably the one that gets you from point A to point B. And for an elevated travel ensemble, Fanning nails the task at hand. This laidback linen suit packs the perfect amount of polish and effortlessness while being breathable, too. The hands-free, hint-of-color fanny pack is also ideal for easily accessing your passport, boarding pass or Dramamine.
Matching sets are great to pack in a carry-on bag because they offer multiple looks in one: Pair them together, as seen on Song, or separate and mix with jeans or a T-shirt with the top or skirt (respectfully, of course).
Another summer-appropriate take on suiting includes swapping in denim in place of something heavier or dressier, like wool or crepe. No extra layers necessary, just a pretty, heeled mule and mini handbag, each preferably in an intriguing texture.
Follow Cindy Bruna's lead on a more mild summer day. Pair high waist trousers with a vacation-ready printed top, ones that's a bit oversized and ready to be tied up and personalized to your liking.
Understandably, the color-adverse may not feel so inclined to throw on pastels or brights come vacation time. Sevigny's sweet (but not overly saccharine) black mini dress and classic loafers offer an alternative. Opt for light materials to ensure you'll stay cool even in a darker hue.
Vacations are an excuse to style a swimsuit with just about anything. For a look that works for beach, boardwalk, or casual brunch, Alessandra Ambrosio's crisp white-jeans-and-white-button-down combination is classic. Feel free to keep things relaxed by pairing with your favorite bikini top and a simple handkerchief to accent your hair, neck, or handbag.