Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How I Wear My: Vacation or Resort Look

Can you believe summer is nearly here? With the official start of the season only days away, Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country thought it was a great time to focus this month’s “How I Wear My” on vacation or resort looks.

This was one of those posts that was a pleasure to put together because of all the photos that were sent in, featuring so much color! I hope you get a lot of ideas for looks that are ready to take a trip this summer. I know I did. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne, above, of The Rich Life in Wine Country (do note her new blog name!) writes, “I am wearing a navy blue and white drop waist dress from Banana Republic with my most comfortable sandals - black sandals with a short heel and two ankle straps. I love this dress because it’s a “throw on and go” kind of frock. I don’t need to think much about how to style it or wear it. It doesn’t need much else besides a colorful bag and a pair of shoes!”

I love this kind of easy summertime style on Adrienne, a season that definitely calls for throw on and go outfits. I especially like that she paired this look with a yellow bag!

April of Ms. B in the Bay Area.

April of Ms. B in the Bay Area writes, “This is currently my favorite piece of resort wear that I’m wearing a lot! It is a Trina Turk piece that doubles as a cover up and a dress. I love pieces that can do double duty! I recently wore it in Cabo and plan to wear it many more times this summer!”

What a great look on April. I like that she added a hat and bold silver jewelry.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style decided to mimic getting ready for a Hawaiian getaway. She writes, “I put on my flowy maxi dress that a wonderful friend gifted to me. It’s something I would never have bought for myself, but now that I have it, I really love it and have worn it numerous times! It brings up images of frolicking on a beach somewhere. I added my thrifted Stuart Weitzman sandals that I picked up at Goodwill for $7—I didn’t even know the brand until I got home and Googled it because I thought it sounded familiar! I even braided the front portion of my hair (not easily seen in all of those unruly curls). I added a lightweight cardigan because, you know, when you’re strolling the beach, the wind can be chilly! Alas...I forgot my sunglasses!! (I always forget something, don’t you?).”

I love this dreamy look on Jodie (she looks so beautiful!) and I love that the whole thing was made up! I hope she gets to go to Hawaii for real and packs this exact ensemble. Hello, Island Hottie!

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style sent in photos from a recent trip to England. She says, “This dress is ideal for a holiday in the UK because of the weather.”

I love the mix of patterns and that she added leggings, a leather jacket, a leopard scarf, and white sneakers.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “This outfit is from Coldwater Creek’s Destinations line and is made just for traveling so it’s wrinkle free and packable.”

I love turquoise in summer so I think it’s great that Dawn Lucy mixed the top with a black skirt. The multicolor bag, hat and jewelry add a wonderful beachy vibe!

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

If you are wondering who the poolside babe is, it’s our friend Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, looking so glamorous in a print caftan by Asos and a white bikini just visible underneath. Wowza! She wore this look in Greece last year and I can imagine that she turned many heads with it! Just gorgeous.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “I bought this J. Crew dress last year thinking it would be a perfect summer work dress. I gave it a vacation vibe by wearing a hat and sandals. I feel like I am ready to have a nice lunch at a beach resort.”

Such a great print on Alice and I am especially loving her jewelry and embellished sandals!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “This is a great traveling outfit featuring basic black leggings and a long white tunic. I simply added a lightweight kimono-style vest, pulled my hair up in a top knot and slipped on some sliders. Good for a date night at the beach.”

I love that this is a basic look that Trina has amped up with jewel-toned leopard print!

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “After having lost my baggage twice in Seattle, and having had to pick it up a couple of days later, I don’t like to check my baggage anymore. Thus, I try to pack light so my bag is so small that it even fits under the seat in front of me. When I go on vacation I always try to color coordinate everything so I can combine nearly everything with everything. Do I have to say that the heaviest items are the ones I wear on the plane? In this example, I knotted the tails of my plaid shirt over a sun dress.”

Nicole brings up a great point about keeping a vacation wardrobe simple and 100% mixable—and keep it close at hand! I love that she went for some major print mixing here. And hello legs!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Speaking of legs, those Betty Grable-like gams above belong to our friend Ana of Mrs. American Made who says her resort look “starts with some comfy and cool but casual chambray shorts by Trina Turk worn with a bright colorful silk top by Nanette Lepore. Both American-made. And I like to accessorize with the orange suede tote I made and these orange Calleen Cordero heels (But I also wear this look with some more sensible heels if I will be doing serious walking).”

I really like this mix of colors on Ana and if I had legs like hers I would be wearing shorts everywhere, all the time!

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says, “Miami in October can still be hot, hot, hot so a fun Old Navy linen dress with a fedora is perfect for touring the city. Paired with Converse sneakers and I can walk for miles. I always carry a fun tote filled with sunscreen, water and the ever-present camera.”

This is a look I’d like to try this summer. I am especially crazy for Linda’s popcorn tote, it’s so cool and I would want to take it with me to the movies and everywhere else!

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever writes, “Back in early April, I was in New Jersey at the perfect time of the year to see the forsythia in bloom. Being a west coast gal, I’d never seen it before and was stunned by all the gorgeous yellow at a time when it was still very cold. In fact, if you look closely, you can see the flurries of snow that were happening when this picture was taken. I was so happy that we got to see it snowing. When I packed for this trip, I grossly underestimated the weather but fortunately I had brought enough layering items to get me through. And luckily, I had packed a pair of boots.”

Oh I know the weekend Rena is talking about, it was snowing here in Brooklyn too, and I found it extremely annoying. My first thought was that the cold would kill all the flowers, especially the forsythia! I love this shot of a happy Rena surrounded by all this lovely yellow and her traveling outfit was ideal for both April and the tri-state area!

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge writes, “I would wear these pastel floral pixie pants, lavender peplum tank top, and gold wedges for traveling to my vacation destination. The pants and top are from Old Navy and the wedges are from Payless (I paid $1.50 for these beauties on a BOGO sale and they were already marked down to $3!). It is a soft, lightweight, and comfortable outfit, great for travel!”

I love these pale colors on Shelbee, especially that she paired them with an unusual pearl necklace, and I am so glad to see I am not the only one still thinking about metallic shoes! I like these in gold (with a lovely shimmery neutral pedicure) and wow, $1.50? What a steal.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “I’ve just got back from a glorious week in Copenhagen, Denmark, celebrating my 50th birthday. I call this look City Break Chic. It’s perfect for a day of sightseeing whilst avoiding standing out like an obvious tourist, yet remaining comfortable! A broderie anglaise top is a stylish alternative to a T-shirt and doesn’t cling if it gets hot. I went for summer pastel colours in yellow and pink. A winged tote carried the essentials of guide book and sunglasses—its colours tying in with the yellow and white of my cardigan and top. A colourful necklace added some glamour. My padded silver slip-ons coped with all the cobblestones there were and kept my feet happy, as there’s nothing worse than tired, achy feet when sightseeing.”

How lucky Jacqueline is to be able to go on an amazing trip for her 50th. Happy Birthday, Jacqueline! You know we are obsessed with jewelry these days here at EJS, so I wanted to include a detailed shot of Jacqueline’s necklace, which I am crazy for, especially against pale yellow and the delicate broderie anglaise blouse, which I adore.

I love this necklace on Jacqueline!

Maryna of Dragonfly’s Heart.

Maryna of Dragonfly’s Heart says, “Here is my take on a vacation or resort look. I love wearing dresses, and even though during last three years, full of travel and moving from country to country, I became a real minimalist and an advocate for having separates rather than anything else, I still love and wear dresses anytime I can. So my vacation look is a nice simple dress, preferably with pockets, that is both comfortable, pretty and immediately makes me feel put together, comfy ballerinas, and a bag that is small enough to be cute, but big enough to fit my essentials (especially my camera, as I am a photographer). I’d probably add a straw fedora and a pair of oversized sunnies also.”

Maryna shares another photo of herself in Italy (so lucky!) and I really like this palm tree print on her. I hope she gets to travel through more of Italy this summer and brings this dress with her!

My good friend Rosie.

My good friend Rosie enjoyed cocktails earlier this week in Manhattan at the Grand Banks Barge in SoHo, right on the Hudson River. Lucky lady! She is wearing white cropped Eileen Fisher pants, a Uniqlo black cotton top with eyelet sleeves, a small black & white Hermès scarf (love it), and white agate and mother-of-pearl earrings. Her handbag is by Coach. I never get tired of black and white and I especially love it in the city in summer, particularly in this way—black top, white pants. The locale looks so refreshing, don’t you think, with the striped yellow umbrella, and the boats in the background. I need to check this place out myself!

Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge writes, “For a getaway weekend during a heat wave last fall, I relied on my white jeans and this tie-dye tunic to stay cool.”

I never think I like tie-dye and then I see a top like this and know I need to rethink my position! I love the casual glamour of this look on Susan, amplified by the big gold cuff and earrings (love). The lush background suggests she was at a museum and I would love to know which one since I like that sculpture behind her!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society says, “I am wearing our Turquoise Shawl Vest which can be worn in so many different ways—I am showing four looks in this pic—with my white Zara skinny jeans, brown gladiator sandals, belt and clutch. The Turquoise Shawl Vest has been a best seller but we still have a few on our website.”

I am crazy for turquoise any time of the year, but particularly in summer and especially with white! I love that Nora has shown us four different ways to style the same item. My favorite is the top right, as a shawl. Which one do you like best?

Michelle of RetroChicMama. This photo belongs in Vogue!

Michelle of RetroChicMama writes, “This maxi shirt dress is from Hope Sweden. I’m wearing it here in the Villa we stayed in when we went to Tuscany last Summer. It’s a real favourite of mine, the dress and the place.”

I love the ethereal quality of both the photos and the dress, don’t you? They seem like something straight out of Vogue!

I love the clean aesthetic and delicate details of this dress.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion.

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion says, “The cream top with blue capris is a no-brainer. Always stylish and very good in warm weather. The back has a lovely twist. And I have added red accessories (bag and necklace) for a pop of colour.”

I love the back of Greetje’s blouse, which you can see below, and I also like her necklace and red bag!

The back of Greetje’s blouse provides great visual interest!

Time to get out of the house!

My vacation plans are usually thrown together at the last minute, and going to a resort does not seem like it will happen anytime soon, but one of the advantages of living in NYC is knowing I can always get away to places like the Met or the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show. For those times, I like a casual but polished look. I’m wearing Old Navy white jeans, a striped top from Target, Kelly & Katie sandals, a Duchessa Jewels necklace and the Elizabeth Taylor bag I first showed for “How I Wear My: Tote.” I can’t wait to hit the road with Liz soon!

I love this Duchessa Jewels necklace with navy and white!

My eBay special featuring Elizabeth Taylor.

Liz and I have places to go!

Happy travels to you this summer, no matter where you are headed!

For July, Adrienne and I chose Tunic as the “How I Wear My” theme. Show us how you style a tunic top or tunic dress. Whether it’s long or short-sleeved, with a collar or without, and includes lace, embroidery, embellishment or is a solid color, we can’t wait to see what you’ll do with your tunic! Send photos to us at by July 11, 2016 and be sure to tell us a bit about your outfit.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see the other glamorous vacation or resort looks.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!


Adrienne Shubin said...

Thank you for another great HIWM month. I love your striped top - used to have one like that, I wonder what happened to it?
I love all the different takes on vacation looks from shorts to maxi dresses.
See you next time for Tunics!
xo, A

Dragonfly Heart said...

Thank you very much for featuring me again! As for Italy - I wish it was luck! It took me a long time and lots of hard work to get here, as it's very, very difficult to travel and apply for scholarships and international projects with Ukrainian passport.
See you in July!)

jodie filogomo said...

I love seeing everyone's interpretation of this month's theme!!
Living in NYC is actually one of our fave vacation destinations---so you're living the dream!!

Suzanne Carillo said...

So many unique varied looks for travelling.

Love this monthly series!

I couldn't participate this time as I was away celebrating my 50th as well...seems like Jacqueline and I almost have the same birthday.


Nora Minassian said...

Thank you so much for yet another great HIWM series Jill! I love your stripe tee and the tote is so fun. You look like you should be in South of France :) Love all the other looks too.

No Fear of Fashion said...

You so look the part with your Paris outfit. I am in love with Mrs B dress/tunic as I adore lots of bright colours. And of course Catherine's throw-on it perfect too. I admire Nicole for being able to take everything with her in one bag. I always need a trunk.

Shelbee On The Edge said...

Everyone is so lovely in their gorgeous vacation styles! And oh boy, tunics are my thing! I am so excited for next month's HIWM!


GSL said...

Very good assortment here with lots of colour, texture, & hats...standing out to GSL's keen eye are Jodie's stylish sense of thrift and Ana doing Old Glory proud with that fab colour combo.
Jill, the Mrs Fortensky bag's return engagement (she has had a few) looks quite nice with those white jeans & striped top with a smile trying to peek thru that Park Slope Hauteur...Miya also in mid-season form.

rosie said...

Thanks again for another great post. Love the variety of looks

You are wearing one of my favorite combos - a striped tee & white jeans. And that Liz tote is everything.


Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, I got that top at Target online and they still have plenty of them in stores and online and in several colors! A nice price too, hurry and snap up a few! xx

Jill said...

Hi Maryna, so glad you joined us again. I completely understand that it wasn't luck that got you to Italy, it was hard work and talent. I admire you so much! You are fortunate to be there in such a beautiful country, with friendly people, great food and an amazing culture! xx

Jill said...

Hi Jodie, I really liked your outfit so much, you looked beautiful in the photo. It is true that there is no end to New York, I feel so lucky to live here. xx

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, we missed you for sure, but I hope you had an amazing 50th birthday! xx

Jill said...

Hi Nora, I really love that turquoise shawl on you, so gorgeous. I WISH I was in the south of France, what a trip that would be. Someday, I hope! xx

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, I am glad you joined us this month. I loved your unusual blouse. I also liked April's Trina Turk dress, isn't that such a great photo of her? xx

Jill said...

Hi Shelbee! I liked your gold sandals and that pearl necklace! I am going to keep my eyes out for something similar. xx

Jill said...

Hello there GSL, glad you liked the post. It cracks me up that you call Liz Mrs. Fortensky, you wouldn't happen to be a Liz-hater would you? I think I have only shown the tote one other time! Is it too much? Are you already sick of it? And yes, time to see Maya and chop that mop, I am starting to feel like Rapunzel...Good luck with your training. I'm sure the time will fly by! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I am so glad you joined us this month. That place you went looks right up my alley, if I ever make it back to Manhattan in this lifetime maybe I can swing by there for a glass of bubbly! I'm glad SOMEONE likes my Liz tote, I guess GSL feels I am showing it too much. Hmm...xx

Alice Warren said...

So many great looks, I love your fun tote with this look!

Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Jill said...

Hi Alice! Glad you joined us this month. I love that print dress on you. I am going to keep my eyes peeled for something similar to wear this summer. I will be there for the link-up! xx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Love your look, Jill...the tote is great!

Jill said...

Hi Pam, glad you joined us this month! xx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love your look!!! I have a small obsession with striped shirts...

Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun said...

What a fun theme this was! Loving all the pretty vacation-looking photos! Sorry I'm slow stopping by this month, but here I am! Thanks for hosting this fun party!

Dawn Lucy

Jill said...

Hi Becky, if you like stripe shirts get thee to Target! They have striped shirts for nice prices in a bunch of different colors--b/w, the one I'm wearing, red, yellow. I hope you'll think about joining us next month for Tunic. xx

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, Happy Birthday!!! I know you are so busy, always, so I know you don't have time to swing by very often. Hope you are enjoying the start of your summer vacation. xx

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

I love stripes, too, and especially for summer. I love your perfectly classic outfit, Jill, and could picture myself wearing something quite similar. Thank you for hosting - this post was perfect timing as I pull out my suitcase to pack for our Summer vacation this year! And there is tons of great inspiration in this post, including your ensemble. :)

Enjoy the summer,

Jill said...

Hi Ana, I was so glad you joined us this month, I liked what you wearing wearing so much and that photo of you is just so good! xx

Petite Silver Vixen said...

My apologies Jill for not replying until now. Thank you so much for including me in your collective photo for this month's series. What a lovely surprise that was. I'm so glad you liked my necklace - the different colours makes it the perfect one to wear on holiday as you can just pick out on of the colours from it to co-ordinate!

I knew this month would be a bumper crop and I've really enjoyed seeing all the diverse holiday looks. And I love your bag - the perfect accessorise especially as it's Liz!

Catherine Summers said...

Jill my apologies for not commenting till now, I'm so behind!! Thank you for featuring my kaftan and bikini - as a Brit chances to wear such floaty summery pieces are few and far between, so we save these outfits for our summer hols!!

I love seeing summer and resortwear - but you just can't beat your classic combination of Breton stripes and white jeans, so Parisian and chic :))

Catherine x
Not Dressed As Lamb

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Jacqueline! What a great trip for a special birthday. I loved your necklace! xx

Jill said...

Hi Catherine, I am so glad you could join us and wowza did you look so glamorous in your resort look in Greece! xx