Everyone should opt for light neutrals paired with bright, sunny colors. Khaki, shades of white and ivory with seafoam, orange, bright pink and yellow all look lovely when near water, which is usually where resort chic wear is required.
Lightweight, breathable fabrics are what you want. Cotton and linen are clear winners, and women can also wear jersey fabrics.
Women can wear maxi dresses in a bright shade, or a printed sundress. Kick up the glam factor with gold jewelry such as large cuffs or a big cocktail ring, which gives even a simple cotton dress a polished look. Shoes shouldn't be fussy, so go for a wedge or flat sandal.
For Men, a relaxed or tropical button-up paired with rolled-up trousers, linen pants or dress shorts play out well in any resort chic setting. For footwear, opt for a boat shoe or loafer, and if you're on the beach, a leather flip-flop is a nice balance.
Basically they are saying you should wear something that would be appropriate at a nice resort. So no jeans, shorts, flip-flops or tennis shoes. Men should wear a nice pair of linen or dress pants and a collared shirt (short-sleeved would even be fine) and any closed-toed shoe (besides tennis shoes) would be acceptable. If they want to dress a little nicer (ie. jacket) that's fine, too, but Jamaica is warm so it's not typical. Women can wear a simple dress and sandals or even nice capri pants and a pretty top would be fine, too. They just want people to put some effort into it and not show up in the same clothes they wore by the pool all day!
It states Resort Chic for Bayside and the Verandah. At both of these restaurants men can wear nice shorts and shirts. My hubby would wear what he might wear golfing--shorts, polo and then for shoes he wore boat shoes. He would also do the shorts with a tropical print shirt with the boat shoes. Men can wear a nice sandal to either of those restaurants. Only for 8 Rivers, which is resort elegant, does he need to wear long pants, closed shoes and collared shirt. He can wear a linen pant or docker style pant. My hubby wore dockers and tropical print shirt or golf polo.
For me, it was a nice sundress for dinners except one night at the Verandah, I wore a long white Bermuda with an organza flowy halter with just a little beading. I would wear sandals, but not beach flip flops, to the dinners.
imagine country club attire. Men in polo shirts or nice button down shirt and nice shorts or pants (as required for some restaurants) and ladies in nice sundresses or blouses and nice shorts or nice pants. No jeans or coverups.