Fashion alert: the nine biggest resort 2019 fashion trends

Martin Grant Resort 2019
Martin Grant resort 2019.

Ah, resort. What is there to say about the season that sits on the retail floor the longest? Resort has come to encompass, well, everything. Its sartorial aesthetic runs the gamut of destination getaway to glitzy holiday and through to cold-weather fare. With product delivery as early as November and remaining on shelves through the holidays, it’s become one of the most commercially important seasons known for best of’s and rejiggered classics.

This time around saw an upbeat injection of creativity and emphasis on color and statement prints across a range of diverse silhouettes. Even though most of our 150-plus fashion reviews for the season have been on a showroom appointment basis — with the exception of luxury players such as Gucci, Chanel and Dior staging elaborate shows — a lot of the looks here could just as easily live on the main season runways.

Graphic stripes

Resort 2019 Trend: Graphic Stripes
From Left: Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, MSGM, and Ports 1961.

Designers proved that a classic can always be reworked for modern day, churning up stripes in graphic form onto knitwear, shirtdresses and fur coats alike.


Resort 2019 Trends
From left, BY.Bonnie Young, Baja East, Christian Siriano, and Bande Noir.

A quiet relative of sequins, shimmery metallics are a more approachable alternative for the holiday party rounds.

’90s matching sets

Resort 2019 Trend: Nineties Matching Sets
From left, Chanel, Versace, Iceberg, and MSGM.
(Giovanni Giannoni /WWD / Aitor Rosas)


The Nineties have made a comeback now for a few seasons. Here, luxury brands such as Chanel and Versace amp up the fun and ease with daring twinsets.

Poppy plaids

Resort 2019 Trend: Poppy Plaids
From left, Cynthia Rowley, House of Holland, Jill Sander, and Tibi.
(Cynthia Rowley / William Eadon / WWD)

These aren’t your classic men’s wear plaids. Designers implored a bold sense of color for a head-to-toe statement.


Resort 2019 Trend: Khaki
From left, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Pringle of Scotland, Oscar de la Renta, and Claudia Li.
(Oscar de la Renta / Geore Chinsee / WWD)

Designers plied the traditional trenchcoat fabric into inspired designs.

Mixed florals

Resort 2019 Trend: Mixed Florals
From left, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Louis Vuitton, House of Holland, and Valentino.
(Valentino / George Chinsee/ WWD / Louis Vuitton / Giovanni Giannoni)

Playful and flirty dresses with multiple floral patterns afforded the springtime trend some depth.

Cinched tailoring

Resort 2019 Trend: Cinched Tailoring
From left, Mugler, Marina Moscone, Sara Battaglia, and Chalayan.

Instantly slimming, suiting with dramatic waistlines work across myriad events and seasons.

Saturated colors

Resort 2019 Trend: Saturated Colors
From left, Rochas, Prabal Gurung, Sonia Rykiel, and Victor Glemaud.

A crossover trend from spring 2018, designers such as Prabal Gurung and Victor Glemaud noted a bold hit of color is a fast track to a positive demeanor.

Built-in layering

Resort 2019 Trends
From left, Fendi, Hellessy, Natasha Zinko, and Adeam.
(Fendi / Simone Lezzi / WWD)

This is one of the more creative trends of the season, with designers such as Sylvie Millstein of Hellessy and Hanako Maeda of Adeam experimenting with singular pieces that give the appearance of layers.