THE GREEK ISLANDS are a favourite of the fashion crowd in the summer months, yet no one can pinpoint where exactly that the allure lies. Is it the transparent warm waters of the Mediterranean sea bathing the shores of chic beach clubs and the rocks of Mykonos? Is it the cerulean blue caves of Zakinthos, best seen by boat? Perhaps it’s the bougainvillea-lined streets of Paros, or the breathtaking views from the pastel-hued island of Santorini? Regardless, a summer in Greece calls for very chic sartorial choices. The key lies in the balance of an artisanal, almost rural, look, and elements of understated luxury. In other words; one must always be nonchalant, and never try too hard.
An off-the-shoulder dress will go a long way when paired with thin-laced Greek sandals and large earrings, as will a semi-transparent lace kaftan worn under a bikini. Think about versatility, too. After all, you never know when you’ll end up at chic Scorpios or Alemagou, where the party goes on until the early morning hours. For such occasions, open-back dresses in light colours will look just as good on the beach, as they will at sunrise, after a night out dancing. In any case, always remember: packing should be light and strategic. You’ll live in bikinis, anyway. — Victoria