Looking for fashion inspiration ahead of your Greek holiday? Look no further. Culture Trip asked Xeni Kouveli, the stylist and blogger behind The Style Love, to give her expert tips on how to achieve flawless summer fashion. Read on for how to get great Greek island style.
Citing the transferable power of the swimsuit, Xeni Kouveli advises that upping your swimsuit game will keep you feeling fresh all day. “You can wear it from day to night, from the beach straight, to dinner, to dancing, to evening walks and then, who knows, maybe even back to the beach again for a romantic night swim.” In terms of brands, the blogger cites MAAN swimwear and Boogalloo swimwear as two failsafe options. If you’re coming through Athens there’s plenty of great places to check out Greek swimwear designers.
“Scarfs can be worn as skirts, as tops, as accessories, you can even turn them into bags!” Says Xeni, suggesting that a transferable and multi-functional wardrobe is key to nailing the island look. “They’re airy, loose, light weighted and often printed with beautiful patterns and colours. One scarf can be used for endless looks!” If you’re looking for inspiration, check out Greek A Totem Fur Elita.
“The looser the better! And co-ord sets are the perfect companion for the Greek islands. Because they’re comfy and flowy, they can cope with all kinds of extreme conditions, from the Aegean wind, to rain or the boiling heat… Plus, co-ord sets help you can cover up your belly after eating that extra souvlaki!”
“Replace your huge carry-on bag with an easy, grab-and-go bag. You want to travel light and have both hands free to take as many pictures as you can!” For a Greek take on this staple accessory, Xeni suggests Elena Karavasili‘s cross body bag. Perfect for exploring the islands all day and night.
Finding a great pair of summer sandals is essential for staying fashionable and comfortable at the same time, Xeni tells us. “You can either go for the classic Greek leather ones or the modern version with comfy soles.” Whether you’re exploring Plaka, climbing Mount Lycabettus, drinking in Koukaki or dancing around Metaxourgeio, sandals are your Greek city staple.
“Styling a city look is all about accessorising!” says Xeni, whose blog is full of tips on how to maximise your look. “Layer your sea shell necklaces, your bracelets and your anklets. Gold coloured jewellery is perfect because it suits your island tan.” If you’re looking for new pieces to invest in, The Style Loves blogger suggests Hermina Wristwear, Sophia Papakosta, Kozic Jewels and Waldberlin.
“Basket bags are super stylish, the it item which can be worn from day to night. They can work either with a casual look but also look great with formal wear, giving dressed up looks an extra twist.” For ultimate Greek style points, Xeni says: “Choose Greek brand Zenais Greek brand, Cult Gaia brand or find a traditional basket from the Greek craftsmen at Psyri area in Athens.”
“I love this this ultra violet Liana Camba skirt. It’s sophisticated and chic, but also fun. Best of all, it can be layered on top of pants too!”