Resorting To Sunnier Skies

December 6, 2009 • Magazine

Resorting To Sunnier Skies

Resorting To Sunnier Skies

Sun, 2009-12-06 06:00

Andra Naylor

If you have southbound travel plans during the upcoming months, you might be shopping for warm-weather clothing in stores piled high with wool sweaters and heavy coats. Bathing suit and flip flop supply can be limited and often fully priced. But there are plenty of options for finding resortwear at affordable prices — take a peek at what’s hot now.

Made In The Shade
It’s essential to update your eyewear if you’re headed somewhere sunny, and a new pair of oversized sunglasses are definitely still in style. Tory Burch offers a wide range of shapes from square to round to aviator. I’m liking a modern square pair made of plastic with metal t-hinge in teal grey blue fade ($165 at I recently ordered something from and was very impressed with the customer service when the item didn’t fit and I had to ship it back. The 800 number directly reaches a very friendly and helpful representative every time.

Keep It Cool
Blazers are having their biggest moment since the ’80s and it’s no exception for this year’s resort collections. This Elizabeth and James powder blazer is perfect with jeans or over a little party dress. Constructed of 100% silk, the lightweight “Resort James” jacket will hardly take up any room in your suitcase, but has plenty of wear in it. Available at, $435.

Jet Set Away
In the midst of dreary Midwestern winters, I look to the beachy pieces our west coast designers are dreaming up. Trina Turk’s silk dress in a moody blue floral print is the perfect resort piece – pair it with heeled sandals when on vacation or wear with black tights and booties back at home. Its fun butterfly sleeves are an optimistic touch to add to your wardrobe this winter ($348 at

Bathing Beauty
Parsons grad Brette Sandler creates high-fashion swimwear that’s meant for more than just the beach. I like the Lara Beach Shorts, made of 100% silk with embroidery detail ($55 at or the Goldie cover-up ($132 at, a dress too chic to wear only over a swimsuit. Check out her bathing suits, too — unique styles you won’t find anywhere else!

Beachy Keen
I like a travel tote that can serve as a multi-purpose handbag — cute enough for everyday wear, but versatile enough to withstand going to the beach and sitting in the sand. LeSportsac offers a wide selection of just this type and I have my eye on the Erika tote, a durable nylon bag in Pearl ($78 at

1. Tory Burch Oversized Square Sunglasses With Metal T-Hinge $165
2. Elizabeth and James Resort James Blazer $435
3. Trina Turk Silk Dress $348
4. Lara Beach Shorts $55
5. Goldie Cover Up $132
6. LeSortsac Erika Tote $78

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