After a fall season awash in tartans, the preference for plaids shows no signs of slowing down. For warmer weather there are crisp plaids for lightweights coats, tailored pants or easy dresses. Plaids are used head-to-toe in matched sets or jumpsuits, or as separates ensembled with florals or other plaids. Yarn-dyed checks look especially fresh for pattern-blocking, as in a twisted dress with contrasting plaid panels. The big plaid shirt is still a statement piece, worn on its own or tied around the waist for a post-grunge layer.

Suzanne Rae Resort 2019
Creatures of Comfort Resort 2019
Prabal Gurung Resort 2019
Isola Marras Resort 2019
Alexa Chung Resort 2019
R13 Resort 2019


Ruching is the new ruffle. Resort 2019 collections are full of these softly dimensional details, used for dresses, skirts, sweaters — and even pant legs. Horizontal placements gently suggest a waist on roomy dresses. Some ruchings are asymmetrical, or are adjustable with strings ties for customizable effects.

Jason Wu Grey Resort 2019
Lorod Resort 2019
Preen Line Resort 2019
Vivetta Resort 2019
Carolina Herrera Resort 2019
M. Patmos Resort 2019



Nothing captures resort informality better than a billowy dress. For next season, designers propose effortless smocks and frocks in delicate shades of white and ecru, adding an unbleached purity to the look. Scarf-tie necks, drop shoulder seams and side slits provide even more ease, and crochet-doily appliqués add dimension. Silhouettes range from shirtdresses to caftans, and lengths go from midi to maxi. The look can be achieved with 2-piece sets as well.

Jil Sander Resort 2019
Tory Burch Resort 2019
Theory Resort 2019
Jil Sander Resort 2019
Oscar de la Renta Resort 2019
Tory Burch Resort 2019