True confession: For me, vacation outfits are part of the joy of vacation. Planning it all and wearing it all. I actually take a list with me of everything I plan to wear for days and evenings, organized with accessory options and actually quite efficient. Insanity you say? Hmm, must have inherited it from Ginger. I prefer to call it a passion. So, pour yourself a glass of wine and get comfortable (it’s my longest post to date) as I share some of my favorites from our recent trip to ‘Provo’…
This is what I wore on the plane: cashmere scarf is a must for warmth, comfy Splendid black cotton top, with white jeans to look ‘vacation ready’. But! This is not how I arrived at the hotel. While Peter was doing the paperwork for our Jeep rental, I changed in the Hertz ladies room as we planned to head straight to our favorite beach bar before checking in to hotel. It was fun – and a first – to arrive at our hotel in a swimsuit ensemble!
Arrived at The Gansevoort all in white! Checking out the view from our deck…
Here is my second one piece which was shared in a pre-vacation post; now that I have worn it, I can say with conviction that I really love it (you never know till you wear it) – it felt glamorous, sophisticated, and not one bit frumpy. A simple sarong was the perfect coverup, a floppy black hat added drama…One piece suits are elegant, but bikinis are still fun! This one I bought for its great purple color and gold hardware details; it was fun to wear with green Michael Kors aviators and big gold hoop earrings.
The gold knit coverup was a great find from Banana Republic many moons ago…it also looks great over a black or leopard swimsuit.
This pink linen blouse has been a vacation favorite for a few years now. Not a bargain but worth every penny. Found it at Portobello Road in Chestnut Hill which is a must for pre-vacation shopping. This brand also makes gorgeous linen dresses, handmade in Italy, which would be perfect for summer weddings.
After wearing a long dress one night (not shown), then white jeans, it was fun to change it up with a polished cotton romper, found last year at a boutique in Chatham. While it is certainly short, because it is loose fitting and shows no cleavage it’s a ‘classy/cute’ kind of sexy.
You noticed the Louis Vuitton handbag? Its called ‘the favorite’ and it is sure going to be a favorite of mine. It can be worn with the short gold shoulder strap, as a clutch, or with a leather strap as a cross body bag. Three bags in one! Though it comes in one size smaller, I went with the bigger size to accommodate glasses, phone, lipstick, and keys…why struggle to squeeze things into a tiny bag?
Here again I wore off the shoulder, a white cotton blouse with navy ruffled shorts. Off the shoulder styles were quite popular with many ladies in the evening, dressed up or casual, and always with a bare neck. The multicolored earrings from Westcott Mercantile added a tropical touch to the basic neutrals. Close up they actually look like mini bananas! Other neutrals: Jack Rogers wedges, JCrew metallic clutch, and Louis Vuitton wrap (which I had thrown in my suitcase ‘just in case’).
This white dress was perfect for the tropics – it is James Perce, a super soft cotton, found months ago at TJMax for about $50! Wore it with a chunky high heeled tan shoe and took along a cropped white denim jacket for dining outdoors…Pick of the trip! Here is a Derek Lam dress in navy ribbed cotton, that was a last minute purchase at Intermix in Chestnut Hill. The saleswoman insisted I try it on. “But I don’t need a dress, no really I don’t.” You know how it went from there…;-)
While the laced up front is provocative, it didn’t feel ‘trashy’, especially with the midi length. Saleswoman said it would even look cute with sneakers – I tried it with red sneakers, but not for me – maybe if I was taller. These sand suede sandals with cork block heels are understated and just enough height.