When you consider the stunning beaches, palm-lined mosaic pathways and favourable seaside location, it’s easy to see why King Luís I chose Cascais as his own personal summer retreat. The extravagant villas, ornate mansions and manicured gardens left over from the presence of the Portuguese nobility and high society maintain an aura of royalty and today it’s seen as one of the world’s most luxurious destinations. By all accounts, Cascais is one of Europe’s best kept secrets – the traditional Portuguese charm, wonderful architecture and world-class dining scene are only bolstered by the stunning coastline. However, the busy marina injects the town with a splash of life every summer and while still retaining that same feeling of exclusivity. With the intense sun of a Portuguese summer and a cool breeze, you’ll not only want your outfit to prioritize comfort, but also reflect the beautiful surroundings and laid-back nature of Cascais.
From the gothic architecture to the hillside landscapes, it’s easy to fall in love with the picturesque nature of Portugal. While the traditional-style Portuguese pavement is certainly visually lovely, these cobblestone streets are can also be a pain to walk in. Many times, they’re slanted, slippery when wet and are simply a nightmare for heels. Instead, opt for a pair of ballerina flats which offer the perfect middle ground of elegance and comfort.
The Jimmy Choo Beige Suede Lucy Ballerina Flats are a great nude option while offering a chic pin-buckle ankle strap, while the Prada Pointed Toe Ballerina Shoes boast a timeless pointed toe infused with modern appeal. Light and pink, the Lanvin Pink Pearls Ballerina Flats are a more classic option that will blend nicely against the pastels of the Portuguese coastline.
The Portuguese lifestyle by nature is relaxed and slow-paced, and light and loose-fitting clothing will reflect just that. Day dresses in particular are a great option to remain comfortable under the intense sun and reflect the free-spirited style of the Mediterranean. Stripes are a fantastic way to stand out while staying on top of this season’s trends, whereas classic floral-print sundresses are never a bad idea.
If you’re looking for a splash of color, look no further than the All Things Mochi Amanda Floral Maxi Dress, whereas the Monse Back-to-Front Effect Shirt Dress shows that our current obsession with stripes is not going anywhere. The Nili Lotan Floral Slip Dress is a subtle option that can be worn day or night.
By day Cascais ushers in a climate that is hot and dry, but the close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means less extreme weather than most Mediterranean countries. It also means a cool breeze at night. A light jacket – be it leather, denim or a blazer – may not the first thing you think of when it comes to Portugal in July, but you’ll definitely be glad you packed something.
The Chloé Long Sleeve Button-Up Jacket contains an essence of chic daywear while the Blazé Milano Double Breasted Blazer is a similar option that exudes a more formal look. The Saint Laurent Leather Classic Moto Jacket is your classic option for those looking to radiate a youthful energy at night.
White Linen Shirt
The highly breathable nature of linen is not only great for the sunny and breezy coastal climate of Cascais, but white is a great choice of colour that will bode well against the sparkling golden sand, deep blue waters and pastel-hued architecture. The laid-back appeal of linen in general is sure to match the nature of Cascais itself, whereas tucked into a pair of chino pants ensures a dressier look for dining at night.
If you’re looking to stay on-trend, the HOPE White Linen Air Clean Shirt is a great option with its spread collar and single-button barrel cuffs. The NN07 Derek Button-Down Collar Linen Shirt boasts a relaxed fit enhanced by a back box pleat, whereas the Theory Kier Grandad-Collar Linen Shirt is an easy-to-wear option that works well with everything from jeans to chinos.
The Lisbon area is one of the sunniest in all of Europe and a pair of sunglasses will undoubtedly be your absolute best friend in Cascais. For a vintage look with its own timeless appeal, look no further than a pair of round frames. The retro look has made a complete comeback in the past couple of years and certainly separates you from the rest of the pack, especially if you opt for a colourful tint.
Timeless and lightweight these Cutler and Gross Round Frame Acetate Sunglasses offer a round frame with fitted blue-grey gradient lenses. For a more universally flattering shape, the Bottega Veneta Round Frame Acetate and Gunmetal-Tone Sunglasses have you covered with a gunmetal-tone arm. For those looking to add a little more color at sea, the Cartier Eyewear Round Frame Silver and Gold-Tone Sunglasses offer impeccable attention to detail.
Like most coastal countries in the summer, it’s wise to stick to the basics, as neutral colours, simple patterns, clean fits tend to work best. When it comes to standing out and making a statement in these environments, the key lies in the understated and subtle embellishments that will pull the entire outfit together. For the gentlemen, look no further than the watch on your wrist to pull off that smart-casual Mediterranean look.
This Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph B46mm in brimming steel is a chronograph specialist, whereas Rolex GMT-Master II is simply a yachting classic. On the other hand, the handcrafted NOMOS Glashütte Tangomat GMT epitomizes the aforementioned timeless elegance.