Oh, resortwear. The odd, middle child of the fashion season. The launch of beautiful, bright summer attire in January always seems to taunt me, reminding me that I willingly chose to move from Florida to the Northeast.
Fortunately for the Bitches, our calendars have many of us trotting off to warmer locales this month, donning bikinis, maxi dresses, and big floppy hats with gusto. Ally and Emily will be in Mexico, Becca will be in Austin for SXSW, and I’ll be in Naples, Florida, to hear some wedding bells ring. We’ve been stocking up on vacation days and snatching up cute resortwear in anticipation.
This year’s resortwear collections were heavily influenced by native prints, florals, and graphic designs. There’s a preponderance of black-and-white geometric prints and stripes paired with bright florals in jungle greens, shocking pinks, and rich reds.
The sultan of resortwear this year was Peter Pilotto, whose high-fashion resortwear killed it on the runway and was worn by all sorts of celebrities, including new fashion darling Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years as Slave. In parallel, Pilotto launched a budget-friendly capsule collection with Target that sent the masses of fashionistas running to the big box retailer.
Fortunately, one of the fashionistas present was none other than my mother, who bought one in every size for this Little Bitch.
Beyond Pilotto, Mara Hoffman and Clover Canyon reign sovereign in resortwear, as the two brands, known for their busy, bright, and tribal-inspired prints. However, the trend is so popular that other designers have followed suit—including those known for more feminine, tailored fashions like Milly and Tibi.
If you’re not heading to a resort, cruise, or vacation home, you can still wear many of these looks now, with black tights and pumps, and later, when warm weather arrives.