The Great Escape

ABOVE: From the Runways: Dries Van Noten, Ports 1961, Valentino, Fendi and Versace

Tropical prints and bright colour pairings took over the spring 2020 runway shows. From Marni’s optical blooms, Dolce & Gabbana’s striking palm leaf prints to Versace’s iconic jungle-print dress (worn for a second time by Jennifer Lopez). Exotic flora appeared on everything from evening gowns, suits to the ubiquitous Hawaiian shirt.

With spring break right around the corner, you’ll want to start shopping for your beach essentials with this top style in mind. Looking to be ahead of the season? Snap up a tropical print for your sunny destination and mix it with bright hues and festive earrings to be right on trend. From large palm leaves to dramatic floral prints, you can’t go wrong with nature inspired styles, including shades of ocean blue and greens ranging from lime to emerald.

1. Belted Blue Fit and Flare Dress $39.99 • Marshalls   2. Grecian Straw Tote Bag $34.99 • Marshalls  3. Palm Print Midi Skirt $34.99 • Winners   4. Parrot Earings $19.99 • Winners

Beach Essentials

I’m headed to Cabo San Lucas for the first time. I’m looking forward to whale watching, exploring the art market and relaxing poolside. Here are a few of the things that I’m packing:

1. Hobie Island Dream One-Piece Rashguard Swimsuit from Nordstrom • $75.21  2. Woven Wedge Sandal • $99.99 from Winners 3. Swim cover • 39.95 from La Vie en Rose 

The Hobie guard one-piece is the perfect suit. It has thumbhole cuffs to keep the sleeves in place while riding the waves. I always purchase a new pair of sandals that can be worn during the day and out at night. If you want a heel, stick with a wedge for a more laidback look. From walking to the pool to grabbing a quick bite to eat, cover ups make strutting around in your bathing suit something you won’t second guess. I always pack a few just in case they get wet and aren’t ready for my next pool outing.

Bon voyage!