Going to a resort? We've got your dress codes decoded!

Farhana Chowdhury
Filed on October 16, 2020

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You've booked a staycation at a resort you've been eyeing for weeks and the date is finally closing in! But have you packed the right goods for your resort wear? Here are some outfit inspo to get you looking fab as we crack down resort dress codes.


Formal Resort
You must be thinking, who'd walk into a resort just to suit up, right? Well, formal resort often applies to five-star hotels that aim to live up to a certain standard. This means you need to elevate your way as if you were going to attend a destination wedding or even a cocktail party at a luxury venue. Go for fashionable pants or a fitted skirt and pair these with a classy blouse. Accessorise with minimalism jewellery, a clutch, and of course, vogue heels.

Resort Evening
The resort evening wear is one step above resort casual, where you will be ditching t-shirt and tank tops for blouses, elegant rompers or jumpsuits and linen shorts and trousers. Flip-flops are out of the question. Instead you will be switching them out for strappy sandals and ballerina flats. You can get away with boho accessories though, and a nice floppy sun hat.

A common resort attire that applies to various areas of a hotel. With resort casual, think outfits that would suit a laidback restaurant when having lunch with friends. This also means you can loiter around the venue in swimwear, however, you will need to cover up with a sarong or kaftan. Regular casuals also include cute denim shorts, flowy dress, or rompers paired with stylish sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes.

Elegant Casual
Step up a notch from the previous style and you've got elegant casual. This may sound a bit confusing, but stay with us! There's more focus on elegance than the typical happy-go-lucky wear. Just as you're up'ing your look, your shoes will follow - meaning weave in some heels and wedges to complete your OOTD. Best way to envision this code is as if you are going to attend dinner at an upscale restaurant or a country club - a bit dressy than your regular group dinner.


You may be stunned at the variety of codes hotels have, but we're sure you've booked a resort that aligns with your kind of getaway. In any case a friend or lady love had the upper hand in selecting the venue, we've got some suggestions to charm your way throughout your staycation.

If you're into comfortable wear, this code might be your favourite one, and you've got most outfits ready to be packed right away. This theme often applies to venues that boast a beach, so you're free to slip on your favourite monotone t-shirt, denim shorts and flip-flops through the property - whether you're lazing out by the shore, or rolling into a restaurant for dinner.

Resort evening
This is where you bid your band shirts goodbye. Upgrade your outfit to an open collared shirt with shorts. Linen and cotton are your best friends - with linen being a great breezy cool option, and cotton being an all-rounder. Whether you incorporate them as a top or bottom, you're sure to hit it off. And yes, you can get away with tropical shirts under this category, but switch your sandals for closed toe flats.

Elegant Casual
Step up to luxurious fabrics. Under the resort evening code, you will be wearing light jackets paired with well-constructed shirts - mandarin collars are always in trend! - comfortable but well-tailored pants or knee-length shorts, and loafers. Twill fabrics, notably chinos, are your best friends, coupled with versatile linens and cottons. For the hair, try a sea salt spray for a tousled but controlled look.

Formal Resort
Suit up, gentleman. Make sure your shirts, trousers and coats are freshly pressed, the shoes are polished, and you've got that tie or bow at hand. Formal resort wear is all about taking on the 'dress to impress' aura and a great moment to truly show up and show off. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. His outfits mostly consisted of waistcoats and formal shoes that work great for formal resort wear.

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