Even if jetting off to Palm Beach isn’t in the cards for you this winter, there are still plenty of reasons to pay attention to the collections rolling out right now, known as Resort. Typically landing in stores between October and November, resort lines—also called cruise collections—are essentially meant to act as transitional wear between fashion’s “official” seasons, spring and fall.
The concept stems from a time when designers’ wealthy clients would hightail it to warm-weather getaways during the cold winter months, and although that’s not always the case today, resort collections are increasingly important to a label’s financial success: These are the clothes that sell thanks to the fact that they sit on the sales floor the longest—usually five months—and are often more commercial (read: wearable) than what you see on the runways during Fashion Week.
Within the Resort 2016 collections we’ve seen so far—designers present their ranges from late may to July— a few key trends are evident, with flared pants coming out on top. From cropped kick-flares to floor-grazing super-wide legs, it’s clear designers are suffering from severe slim-cut fatigue. And—following both Spring and Fall 2015’s lead—the 1970s are also making their way into Resort wear, with lots of easy wrap dresses, denim bell-bottoms, chevron prints, and floral chiffon.
Of course, what would resort be without a little glamour? At Christian Siriano, models looked like modern-day Slim Arons girls, with Palm Beach-ready brights, headscarves, and candy-colored stripes, while Zac Posen stuck to his signature elegance with structured dresses and ladylike separates.
Despite that fact these clothes won’t hit stores for another four months, we’ve pulled our absolute favorite looks from the collections that feel ripe to be copied now—or at least studied closely so you’ll be ahead of the curve when jet-set season rolls around.