Congratulations! We’ve survived the icy clench of another winter. And now that the dreary doldrums are on their way out, let’s set our sights on the better, brighter (and warmer!) days to come. The rebirth and rejuvenation of spring goes beyond the realm of cleaning out the closet and scrubbing down the floors. It’s also a season of allowance, indulgence and rewarding ourselves with the rest we’ve so desperately needed. Hence, the reason for one of the best weeks of the year known as spring break! Sure, gone are the days of the poolside keggers and wet t-shirt contests, but they have (thankfully) been replaced with more civilized indulgences. Spa pedicure? Check. Margaritas at sunset? Check. Cabana boy with sunblock? Yes please. So whether you’re given a week off or decide to just take one, throw the flip-flops in a bag, pack up a few of these essentials and get yourself out of dodge because you’ve definitely earned it!
In places like Chicago, though the calendar may read spring, it often takes longer for the weather to catch up. So we have to travel bit farther for that sun-kissed, goddess-like look. But once you’ve landed in the paradise of your choice and smeared on the SPF give your body all the sun it craves. And while you’re at it, why not make a serious style statement? Badgley Mischka provides the perfect punch of siren and sophisticated in this eye-popping one piece. Its understated sensuality proves that you can still be bold without the bikini. And the similar version by Eres does dÃ©colletage right with a flirty peephole cutout.
Now that you’re set for that first decadent swim, it’s imperative to pair a fabulous suit with an equally fabulous coverup, something that shows you’re up for anything. Walk on the wild side with a bold tribal or animal print when choosing your cover up slip. Roberto Cavalli makes a splashy statement with spaghetti straps and a chunky beaded necklace. But DVF gives Cavalli a run for his money with long sleeves and an embellished neckline. Filmy fabric will float around your perfectly bronzed arms and legs as you float from scuba lessons to cocktails. Only a change of shoes is required.
If you were only allowed one non-swimwear item for a week in paradise, the most versatile choice would be a white, crocheted minidress. The fun little frock exudes the essence of sand, surf and everything else vacation but in a sultrier, sexier shape. Wear it to a luau or a while sightseeing with gladiator sandals with Brigid Catiis’ sweet crocheted overlay. Then once the vacations over and it finally warms up back home, toss on some serious heels and a pair of aviators for a cool, urban vibe shown here at Jenni Kayne.
For a final touch of style, one can never leave their room (or bungalow, or hut, or cabin, depending on where you may be) without a tasteful topper. Serving both fashion and function, a classic straw hat evokes an old Hollywood glamour that dates back to the days when Havana was still a viable vacay option. And even if we can’t traipse over to Cuba nowadays, we can still pay homage to that timeless and decadent style. Milly chose to pair the playful fedora with a full-skirted dress but the similarly styled â€˜Brooks’ Panama hat by Bailey offers he same zest for a smaller portion of the price. This collection of vacation favorites offers a boatload of stylish options without blowing your budget before you even take off. So pick, pack, and you’ll be on your way in no time. Bon voyage!!
1. Red Bathing SuitÂ
Runway:Â Badgley MischkaÂ Spring 2010 RTWâ€¨
Real way:Â Eres Swim Cassiopee Bandeau One-Piece $450
2. Printed Cover Up
Runway:Â Roberto Cavalli SpringÂ 2010 RTW
Real way:Â Diane Von Furstenberg New Kamea Cover Up Kang Dress $485
3. Straw Hat â€¨
Runway:Â Milly Spring 2009 RTW
Real way:Â Bailey ‘Brooks’ Panama Hat $83
4. Crochet Minidress
Runway:Â Jenny Kayne Resort 2010
Real way:Â Brigid Catiis Melanie Crochet Mini Dress $172
Runway Photos: NY Mag
Image Layout: Tiffany Carlin