You don’t have to be a wine country fashionista to want to look your absolute best when cruising through the vines of Bordeaux. When getting ready to tour through wine country it's important not only to think about comfort but also to look polished - especially out of respect for the winemakers that are welcoming you into their homes. Picking the right outfit will also come in handy when combining wine tasting activities with lunches or dinners and you wouldn’t want to feel underdressed.
Just a few tips to keep in mind. Footwear will probably be the most important part of your outfit, remember that your feet will be carrying you around during a day of touring and wine tasting. Also, accessories such as pashminas, sunglasses, bags and hats will come in handy when strolling around the outdoors. That said, I've put together 3 fabulous looks following my favourite fashion trends of Spring-Summer 2013, which should be useful when packing your suitcase before setting off to wine land.
Looking sophisticated while staying comfortable and classy is easy to do and sets a respectful tone when participating in winery visits. Times and styles of wine tours vary but they can be long, even when you're having a great time! A great spring look would be inspired in an equestrian style outfit; this would include some leggings or inspired riding pants, a long or short sleeve blouse - if you go for short you might want to take a light jacket as well (just be careful not to spill red wine on it ;)), and riding boots. If you prefer to go for a more sporty look and would like to take a walk on the wild side, you should definitely wear some caterpillar boots and either a blazer or a bomber jacket - which is really trendy for spring 2013. These will come in handy when visiting the cool wine cellars and when going straight from whole day tours to dinner as temperatures drop at night.
Credits: Leather riding pants, David Lerner; Shirt, BGN; Boots, Etienne Ainger; Statement necklace, Hive & Honey; Messenger bag, Tory Burch
If your style is a bit more girly and flowy skirts in the wind are your thing, an outfit that could totally go with your style and the scenery would be a short sleeve dress with some big frills (spring is all about the statement frills) with some espadrilles (again think comfortable shoes - as much as we all love our pumps and wedges they do not make for very good wine touring companions), a straw hat and some elegant shades. Remember to wear layers such as a colourful spring pashmina to cover yourself when walking inside cellars.
Credits: Dress, Just Cavalli; Lace espadrille, Valentino Garavani; Straw hat, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Tom Ford; Pashmina, Alexander McQueen
For those of you who love outdoor activities and enjoy the thrill in wine travel, this category is for you. The good news is, there are ways in which you can look both sporty and chic at the same time. Loose baseball shirts are in style right now. Pair your favourite one with some print leggings and wedge sneakers.
On day two of your adventure, if you decide to go on a boat ride, take could out a yellow tank top with a tuxedo white and black pant and a pair of nautical shoes or espadrille flats.
Credits: Baseball shirt, Victoria's Secret; Print leggings, ASOS; Backpack, Michael Kors; Wedge sneakers, Ash; Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters
One final tip: don't forget to enjoy the day tasting beautiful wines feeling like the wine country queen you are!