Woman in summer hat on the beach

Resort chic wear is casual and breezy, but plenty chic. Just because you're near the water or at an outdoor event, it doesn't mean you have to skimp on the glamor, so read on to see how resort chic wear plays out for men and women while on vacation, attending a casual wedding or on a boat.


Everyone should opt for light neutrals paired with bright, sunny colors. Khaki, shades of white and ivory with seafoam, orange, bright pink and yellow all look lovely when near water, which is usually where resort chic wear is required.


Lightweight, breathable fabrics are what you want. Cotton and linen are clear winners, and women can also wear jersey blends.


Women can wear maxi dresses in a bright shade, or a printed sundress. Kick up the glam factor with gold jewelry such as large cuffs or a big cocktail ring, which gives even a simple cotton dress a polished look. Shoes shouldn't be fussy, so go for a wedge or flat sandal.


Think JFK on the beach. A relaxed button-up and rolled-up trousers play out well in any resort chic setting. For footwear, opt for a boat shoe or loafer, and if you're on the beach, a leather flip-flop is a nice balance.


If it's an event where children are attending, the idea should be to dress them in a casual version of their Sunday best. Keep with the idea as adults, and remember that if the event is outdoors, the children will most likely be playing, so make sure to dress them accordingly.