Whether you call it "resort wear" or "cruise wear", this type of "wear" has us dreaming of white sand beaches, an endless supply of pina coladas, and a worry-free afternoon on a lounge chair. And while we're anxious to indulge in all of these relaxing activities that go hand in hand with resort season, we can't forget to do it in style. 2016 resort wear presents us with an array of laid-back but tropically chic trends that we can't wait to slip into after we step off of the plane and straight into paradise. Check out our picks for resort 2016:
Photo: Melissa Odabash
This season calls for head to toe white ensembles that create a fresh, clean, and effortlessly chic monochromatic look. Plus it looks great with a tan!
From left to right: Melissa Odabash Amandine Top SHE-Stores, Melissa Odabash Adela Bandeau Short Dress SHE-Stores, Current Elliot Flip Flop Jean SHE-Stores, Current Elliot The Snap Jacket SHE-Stores, Minnie Rose Finge Hankie Poncho GuysNGals, Blank NYC Cutoff White Shorts SHE-Stores
Photo: Wanted Style
Resort wear introduces us to relaxed, airy lace pieces this season. Lounge around by the pool, under a palm tree, or on the sand in a pretty lace pieces that offer you comfort during the day with their loose, breezy fit, but can easily be transitioned into a stylish dinner look for the evening.
From left to right: Velvet by Graham & Spencer Ailley Top GuysNGals, Letarte Midnight Waves Wide-Legs Lace Coverup Pants SHE-Stores, Melissa Odabash Alison Short Dress SHE-Stores, , Lace Dress Ferne Boutique, Letarte Skull Swimsuit SHE-Stores, Ivory Lace Tank Dress Ferne Boutique
Photo: A Lacey Perspective
What says resort wear more than bold botanicals, vibrant colors, and exotic animal prints? Unleash your wild side this season with one of these wild prints that will be seen splashed across a variety of pieces, including pants! Keep accessories and other articles of clothing simple & neutral when styling these hot tropical prints.
From left to right: Marc Cain Neoprene Trouser in Tan Print Hersh's, Vix Zebra Triangle Bikini Top & Bottoms SHE-Stores, Geometric Print Asymmetrical Dress MP Fashion, Orchid Wrap American Flora, Cactus Wrap American Flora
Jumpsuits and rompers are easy, breezy, and the perfect transitional piece for your resort wear wardrobe. It's a simple one piece option that can easily be dressed up or down for multiple ocassions and activities while traveling. Rock a fun print or a classic solid color.
From left to right: Geometric Print Jumpsuit MP Fashion, Michael Stars Printed Crepe Romper Meghan Marion, BB Dakota Coral Jumpsuit Meghan Marion
Photo: Melissa Odabash
Oh maxi dress, how I love thee! It is the perfect piece for a quick trip to the tropics because of its versatility. Wear it on the plane with a light jacket and scarf, slip it on over your suit, and throw on some strappy sandals and head out to dinner or drinks. This season, we are also loving some of the shorter t-shirt style dresses which go with just about anything and can be dressed up with layers of bold accessories.
From left to right: Billabong Women's Stealing Sunshine Maxi Dress Moosejaw, Melissa Odabash Maxi Dress SHE-Stores,, Floral Maxi Ferne Boutique, BB Dakota Coral Halter Dress Meghan Marion, Everly T Shirt Dress Ferne Boutique, Lole Jill Dress Moosejaw
Photo: Goldfish Kiss
Bold pops of color and Aztec prints are making a big statement in the accessories department for resort wear this year. When it comes to jewelry, tropical influences such as brightly pigmented colors and natural stones connect together to build beautiful eye catching statement necklaces that will pop against your gorgeous tan. Additionally, you can pack in style with these colorful, aztec print travel bags, that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, to fit all of the necessary things you need to make your vacation a perfect one.
From left to right: Kari POUND Jewelry, Amethyst Pound Pendant POUND Jewelry, Batya POUND Jewelry, Oaxacan Dome Backpack Will Leather Goods, Woven Pouch Will Leather Goods, Larettamia Vibrant Blue Fringe Handbag Zieben Mare, Kantha Quilted Yoga Duffle Will Leather Goods
You're never fully dressed without a great pair of sunglasses, so top off your resort wear looks with a pair of trendy shades. This season resort wear has it sights set on white hot frames, cat eyes shapes, and round retro style sunglasses.
From left to right: Hot White Frame Sunglasses Oakland Optometry, Glamorous Cat Eyes Oakland Optometry, Maui Jim Liana Sunglasses Oakland Optometry
So for those of you lucky enough to get to go some place fabulous this winter, Happy Travels!