Sizzling winter resort wear
Designers filled their resort and cruise collections with looks both sexy and demure, and now these casual classics are being reinterpreted at lower prices that everyone can enjoy. Get trend-right with stripes of all sorts, from thin multicolored versions to super-thick widths that deliver columns of colorblocking.
Clothing: Black & white
Bing Shopping | Black & white
The hottest current color combo is also the most basic – black and white is chic, timeless, and really easy to pull off. Simple yet sultry options include a crisp white linen tank and black denim shorts, or reverse the order with a sleeveless whisper-thin knit top in inky black and a pair of skinny white jeans.
Bing Shopping | Lace
The most feminine of all fabrics, lace is definitely having its moment in the sun. Designers are nutty for this airy delicacy and we’re seeing it everywhere for spring, so nabbing a cool lace shift dress now will be a great investment. (Hint – choose blue, red or green instead of the expected white.)
Clothing: Emerald green
Bing Shopping | Emerald green
Pantone crowned this regal hue 2013’s color of the year, and it just happens to be bright and light enough to fit right in with your escape-to-warm-weather wardrobe. Skinny denim looks on-trend in this tint, and silky unembellished tunic tops are also sure to make others green with envy.
Swimwear: Tropical florals
Bing Shopping | Tropical florals
Always an essential getaway item, this year the bathing suit goes back to nature. Sexy and exotic tropical floral prints decorate shapes ranging from cleverly camouflaging skirted suits to micro bikinis. Bandeau tops (complete with optional thin halter straps) are trending big for the beach (or anywhere sultry).
Bing Shopping | Cutouts
Although swimwear isn’t nearly as trend-dependent as other clothing categories, there are still seasonal fads. This year resort swimwear collections showed off a little extra air-conditioning with strategic cutouts on maillots and other one-piece bathing suits. (Just keep that sunscreen handy so you don’t end up with loco tan lines.)
Bing Shopping | Paisley
Part of a larger reimagining of the perennially popular boho trend, the paisley print looks particular cute on bathing suits. The most stylish examples are rendered in appropriately aquatic blues and greens, with a few daring acid orange and sunny yellow hues making those swirls swing.
Bing Shopping | Lace
Pair a ladylike fabric with abbreviated swimwear silhouettes and you’ve got the makings of some awesome poolside pulchritude. Lace shows up here (as it does in so much fashion this year) as delicate trim atop retro bandeaus, all-over embellishment on gorgeous one-piece suits, and as frills on skirted tankinis
Cover-ups: Maxi dress cover-ups
Bing Shopping | Maxi dress cover-ups
When you’re finally ready to get off that beach towel or chaise lounge, drape yourself in something divinely diaphanous. Maxi-length cover-ups sometimes double as breezy dresses, depending on the fabrication. Stripes, tribal prints and tie-dye are hot motifs this season – look for them on ankle-grazing maxis for sand-to-supper versatility.
Bing Shopping | Caftans
The word “caftan” may conjure something straight out of “The Golden Girls,” but that’s if they’re too heavy, bulky and boring. Beach-right varieties are usually sheer chiffon concoctions, vividly colored, ideally knee-length to show off a little leg, with comfortably roomy kimono, batwing or dolman sleeves.