Cruise collections, resort, holiday, travel, inter-season, pre-season, or Collection Croisiére, if you happen to be French. Whatever you call them, we’re giving you a glimpse into the future with the best, and most wearable, of the cruise collections 2019.

Sandwiched between winter and spring, once specifically targeted for customers who headed off on vacation during the colder months, cruise collections are often more wearable than the haute couture from the main spring and fall shows, and are now big business for the big fashion houses. Here are some of the best looks from the likes of DiorChanel and Oscar de la Renta. You’ll probably find you already have similar pieces, and colors, in your closets.


Chanel showcased easy-to-wear monochrome looks, which included striped pants, logo sweaters and chic berets. It’s a look easily emulated on the high street, with lots of striped pants in stores now.

Stripes - The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |


Dior went for a Western feel on its Los Angeles runways, which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Wild West. Think Raquel Welsh in Hannie Caulder or Cate Blanchett in The Missing. 

The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |


Temperley featured checks, polka dots and lace. Inspired by Kay Petre, who stood at only 4ft 10, but who was a pioneer of British women’s motor racing, there were also lots of chevrons. But, the stand out pieces from the show were tailored plaid pantsuits.

Plaid - The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |

Playful prints

Veronica Etro read The Daydreamer by British writer Ian McEwan with her children. It’s the story of a boy whose imagination is so vivid that he is transported into the wonderful world of Hans Christian Andersen. So, that’s where Etro decided to transport her resort wear too. Possibly the most everyday way to wear the trend is this look (below), which featured psychedelic prints teamed with white pants and a taupe jacket.

Prints for women over 40 |

Pops of color

Not that its star is waning in the slightest, but Oscar de la Renta was thrust further into the spotlight when a certain Meghan Markle asked the fashion house to create a mother-of-the-bride outfit for her mom Doria. Much of the resort collection features pastel colors in the same color pathways as the pistachio Doria wore for the Royal Wedding, but there were also bright pops of primary color. Yellow is bang on trend for SS18 and certainly isn’t going anywhere for 2019.

Yellow coat - The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |

Seventies’ Rome

Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli was inspired by the streets of his native Rome during the 70s for his resort collection. Think blazers with silk shirts, loafers with tassels, ponchos, flared jeans, headscarves, big sunglasses and dresses worn over matching pants.

70s inspired - The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |

Relaxed tailoring

Zac Posen has spent the past three years designing airline uniforms for 60,000 Delta employees. And, the structured aesthetic necessary for cabin crew seems to have had an impact on his latest collection. That’s not to say that his pieces would leave you looking like you ought to be asking if anyone wants tea or coffee at 30,000ft. Not in the slightest. His tailoring has an easier, more relaxed vibe. The key pieces were cropped, wide-legged pants.

The best of the Cruise Collections 2019 for women over 40 |

How much inspiration do you take from the big fashion houses? Which of these looks do you like best? Do you already have similar pieces in your closet? 

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots.




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