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Resort Wear

Resort Wear Fashion For Everyday Style

We may not be regular jet-setters or packing our bags for a vacation in Saint Tropez, but that doesn’t have to stop us from incorporating the effortless and inherently versatile flow of resort wear fashion into our everyday outfits.

Resort wear has come a long way since matching Hawaiian shirts for couples and rainbow hibiscus flowers scattering our vacation threads. Now seen across the globe on any given day, resort wear fashion doesn’t have to stereotypically represent sought after beach vacations.

Characterized as “nautical,” resort wear can also be called “cruisewear.” Designed with the affluent touch of sailing of the shores of Capri or jet setting to the Caribbean, this lively trend has graced the runways of New York, Paris and Milan inspired by the faraway coastal islands and exotic escapes of our dreams.

Easy, breezy

Resort Wear: Kate Spade purse from Nordstrom Graciously welcomed into our wardrobes, resort wear 2012 incorporates influences of this spring’s lively mixed prints, color blocking, shades of neon and pastel and vivacious bold art-deco-inspired graphics. Materials typically range from no-fuss light cottons, poplin and silk, to microfiber and straw accessories.

No longer just reserved for the sunny beach get-away, resort wear has Resort Wear: Pleated Dress from Les Nouvelles held onto its easy maintenance requirements — which can partly explain why this trend is loved year-round. Typically designed for being stuffed away in suitcases, resort wear is by nature light, breathable, easy to pack and clean with little to no ironing necessary.

For the ladies

Women’s resort wear fashion can range from playful loose skirts and tops, to full-length evening dresses with room to breathe — perfect for that hot, Resort Wear: Bugatchi Uomo Shirt from Nordstrom Arizona summer creeping up on us. Additionally, accessories are often brightly animated with large hats, sunglasses and open-toe heals or strappy sandals. To go along with this casual trend, loose hairstyles like messy curls are perfect for both day and night.

Men’s resort wear

Men’s resort wear fashion incorporates fun colored short and pants with boat shoes and a light dinner jacket for the evening. For a dose of St. Moritz style, light white trousers, a striped Resort Wear: Sperry Top-Siderscollard shirt and rubber-soled loafers complete a resort wear-inspired men’s outfit.

With unique looks designed for function, brands such as J. Crew, Banana Republic and Tommy Bahama have pioneered this bold trend. More recently, other leading designers such as Chanel, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Prada and Oscar de la Renta have been hot on the pursuit of stylish resort wear fashion.

For more resort wear fashion, shop locally at:

Lindsay Lou

6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., #C-14
(480) 443-2522
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Michka Unique Trends

8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., #144
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Spring 2012 Trends

The Unexpected Fashion Trends Of Spring 2012

As the bright shades found on the spring 2012 runways were foreseen, a few unexpected trends popped up and have been taking the fashion community by storm ever since.

Both eccentric and highly contagious, the trends of cropped tops, mixing prints, peplums and pleats are in this season. Staying on the pulse of fashion, these daring trends are entirely doable for everyday wear.

Spring 2012 trends

Mixing Patterns

This season’s MVP of trends, going against mother’s rule of never mixing your patterns, is so not the case and somewhat liberating to do. Diverting from head-to-toe patterns found on the runway, break up your prints like pairing a floral skirt with a striped top and a leopard print shoe. As this trend is a bold move, incorporate one tailored, well-fitting piece to anchor the outfit and avoid getting swallowed alive by your clothes.


Spring 2012 trends

Pleats

Another spring 2012 trend is pleats. Not exactly pleat-waisted pants, but more along the lines of loose, flowing, accordion-styled pleats. Designer’s such as Chloe and Prada incorporated the accordion pleat in skirts, dresses and shirts for a soft, full-of-movement, textured trend perfect for the warmer weather of spring and summer. As an added bonus, this fun trend will effortlessly transition into the cooler seasons according to the fall 2012 runways.


Crop Top: Spring 2012 trendCropped Tops

Designers such as Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni have brought back the naval-grazing trend of cropped tops. A former fashion star of the ‘90s, this midriff-baring style has returned with a more modern, fashion-forward flair. To avoid resembling a high school cheerleader, choose tops that flatter you body shape. A high-waisted bottom paired with a crop top limits skin exposure while infusing a sophisticated and sexy appeal. Such pairing highlights the smallest part of a woman’s waist to create a more feminine, hourglass figure. On the runway, cropped tops were paired with flowing maxi skirts and pencil skirts, but are also stylish when paired with jeans or shorts.


Spring 2012 trendsPeplum

Rounding out the unexpected trends of spring 2012 is the peplum. Defined as a short, flared ruffle that sits at the natural waist, the peplum has been spotted on both catwalks and red carpets. This added ruffle is perfect for slimming your waistline while accentuating your beautiful, womanly curves. Available in two styles, fitted and flared, Jason Wu added peplum to pencil skirts and dresses; Marc by Marc Jacobs added peplums to swimsuits; and Vera Wang incorporated this trend in detachable versions.

For more spring 2012 trends, visit:

glamour.com
fashionologie.com
marieclaire.com

Pastel Fashion

The Power Of Pastel Shades

Like Easter eggs, fresh flowers and seasonal allergies, pastel shades are synonymous with springtime. Hues such as light yellow, icy blue, blush pink, light lavender and mint green are key players in this season’s trend-setting color palette.Power of Pastel

Such shades normally reserved for the nursery lit up the spring runways and are now changing the faces of storefront displays across the valley. Designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang have transformed these child-like shades into a wearable and desirable springtime staple.

When revitalizing our closets with these playful colors that scream springtime, its best to avoid the head-to-toe monochromatic look pulled from the runway, as these sorbet shades tend to add unwanted bulk. Although the one-shade look may work for seven-foot models, pastels tend to squash any petite frames.

To avoid this, break up your look with either different shades of pastel or pair with solids, such as a black sweater, white blouse or a nude pump. Another great way to stay on trend without adding bulk is to invest in tailored pieces with clean lines.Power of Pastel

Capable of being a work-appropriate trend, avoid resembling a gelato shop by pairing a crisp black or white piece to help balance the outfit. A well-fitted pastel blazer, blouse or pencil skirt are both stylish and a sophisticated alternative to these playful shades.

Outside of the work area, pastel-dyed denim has been a huge standout for this trend. Without overindulging in looks from the ’80s, pair your sorbet pants with a white tee and black flats.

With the rising temps, enjoy these light and airy shades with loose-flowing dresses and skirts. For a little something extra, pair your look with this season’s hot patterns, such as polka dots, floral or the revitalization of stripes.

Perhaps a daunting trend to get acquainted with, it’s still easy to stay fashionable with the help of pastel accessories. Embrace these light hues in purses, jewelry and even nail polish. Most importantly, have fun with this not-at-all-serious color palette; we’ll leave that up to the dark crimsons, blacks and purples looming over our fall wardrobes.

For more pastel fashion and inspiration, visit:

vogue.com
elle.com

instyle.com