Hello it’s that fun time where I get to join up with the stylish Cindy Hattersley and Sarah London for a Signature Style Post. This month we are talking resort wear.. and just in time as we in the states are finally beginning to safely venture out a bit for summer vacations. As I write this, we just came back from our first holiday in a year and a half with the family in Hawaii. I have a lot to share, but hope you’ll find some of it helpful!
In Hawaii, resort wear is extremely casual, and even in the nicest resorts, I’ve never worn a heeled sandal. The best part about a Hawaiian vacation is the ease. I spend most days in a swimsuit, with air-dried hair, and rarely put on makeup except a little lipgloss and mascara to go to dinner. I find I always pack too much for Hawaii. When I’m there I never want to fuss with jewelry, heels and blowdryers.
To avoid overpacking I remember a little tip from my mother. She would always say buy a few new things before you leave and you won’t mind repeating them on the trip. You should bring things that can do double duty like a dress as a coverup and silky shorts that you can dress up or wear with a tank for daytime. Pack shoes that work for more than one outfit and wear your heavy ones, like sneakers on the plane. I know there are those people flying in long dresses and flip-flops, but they just look dumb when the plane temp goes arctic. I wear layers and strip some off when I land.
Most importantly-you need a swimsuit that fits and feels good on. If you are struggling with this as most of us, read my recent post on bathing suits and body image for some inspiration and good choices. I noticed on this trip, a lot of women choosing the new one-shoulder look and it’s flattering for so many body types. It looks good on the curvy gals as well as those with leaner proportions. J. Crew is hands down my favorite retailer for quality, choice and fit. This is the suit I wore the whole Hawaii trip..
They also have these other pretty one shoulder options. Summersalt also has a popular one that comes in more sizes and color variations.
Another look that is chic and I saw all over Hawaii, is the long sleeve top with a bikini bottom. This is usually a rash guard own top, often with UPF built in. This look is appealing and for someone like me who can find a good bikini bottom, but not a supportive bikini top I like, you can wear comfy sport bra under the rash guard for more support. This look is stylish and is smart as we get so much sun damage on areas like the back and shoulders.
Everything But Water has this cute look in white and black..
There are also choice by Cover, below, in the scalloped top or a bit longer top in regular – also in black and white. They sell the hipster bikini bottoms too. Everything by this great line, including skirts, full suits and leggings have UPF 50 here. Also more on their own website. All Cover items are made in California! I love that. Do you know a recent study showed that 50% of all UVA exposure occurs in the shade, so your the beach umbrella isn’t enough.
I love the look paired with a hat. I just bought this straw hat from Banana and they have a similar one now..
My favorite coverups are always the white ones and I always find new ones while traveling. A few pictures of me in coverups last week.. one with my oldest Jackson.. I think I have too many, but I love them and use them as tops if they are short and dresses if they are longer.
Other white coverups are this cutie by Tommy Bahama. It can also double as an out to dinner dress.
This Melissa Odabash coverup is in many colors and so feminine.
I also really like this gauze offering at Anthropologie in a few colors..
So what else to pack? Well, this year it’s all about the new longer and more feminine shorts! I needed some so bought a few new ones for this vacation. They seem to be a fresh look and I loved the dressy versions out now. I like that packing them meant I could have options for daytime treks and also evenings too. I added three pairs this year to my closet.
Banana Republic has a new look and I found two beautiful made pairs there- this linen blend short in a fresh yellow.. Sorry for the wrinkles on my flat lay, but they are linen, and even the store display shows them like that. If you love linen you have to get past the wrinkles. (People in Europe don’t even iron their linen, just smooth it and flat dry. It’s bad for the fibers to iron and starch.)
The black ruffled top is a new versatile tank I love from Cinq a Sept. It is so popular and such a flattering staple, they carry it year round at Neiman’s. It was a bit of a splurge, but my friend Jeanne wears hers all the time and it’s even lovelier in person with a side stripe of grosgrain. It’s beautifully made, light and doesn’t wrinkle. I also wore it on the plane on the way over. The scalloped sweatshirt is by Frame and my Perry Bombe cross-body bag by Tory Burch I take on all my trips. The ribbon espadrille slides (above) are Tory Burch. Black sandals are a few seasons past, but something similar here.
I also bought these Banana Republic Flyweight shorts (above and below),made of recycled materials. They are travel perfect as they don’t wrinkle, are temperature regulating and have UPF 50! I wore them on a hot day out to do some sightseeing and also dressed them up with the tank at night with some pretty necklaces and sandals. ( love the necklaces from Ippolita)
While in Hawaii this Twin Palms raw edge linen jacket caught my eye at Tommy Bahama. I have needed a light jacket and I wore it with the some my new higher waist shorts and a soft linen tank I’m in love with on the plane ride back. The Leaf Jacquard Scarf was a find at Tommy B’s when I was buying the jacket and it was great for a wrap in the evening as well as warmth on the plane. (Can you tell I hate being cold?) I loved the Hawaiian vibe of the scarf too.
Paige jean shorts and Tory comfy Miller Cloud sandals.
During this trip I discovered Tommy Bahama. It’s not usually on my radar, as we don’t have one near me. They have some very cute summer dresses in linen if you want a resort ready dress. Don’t forget about them as a great vacation resource. We went to their fun restaurant on the Big Island and the shop is right below it.
This darling ruffled linen Tommy Bahama dress comes in 7 colors and is the softest linen. I also loved the look and feel of this linen blend dress in 11 colors which can go off the shoulders or not.
Their Raffia tote can go from the beach to evenings out.
A resort look that was new for me was a pair of fun track pants from Anthro and a strapless top. This is a modern evening look and I will use the pants so much with white t’s etc. ( They also come in a cute tan and navy.) The strapless tube top was a little out of my normal comfort zone, but I thought why not? The top warranted a pant or something longer for evening dinner out to me. They were long for me, but they were cuffed when I bought them and I left them like that. This tube top matched the bees on the pants perfectly. I added longer earrings and a woven clutch I’ve owned forever. The tube top comes in a lot of fun colors and can be a great look under a white blazer.
Not the best pic, but the guys weren’t into waiting for photos on vacation.
Another fun and flattering look on most everyone for the vacation bound is a one shoulder top. I have this Isabelle Marant I wore on this trip and always take it on holidays.
It’s no longer available, but Rails has a darling white version with a puff sleeve I want and the cutest paper bag shorts. I love this look! I think a one shouldered top is made for resort wear- daytime or nights out. A lot of people wonder if you need a strapless bra with these one shoulder tops. So far I’ve just worn a regular bra and tucked the strap for the other in the bra band.. It works.
I wore slides most of the time in Hawaii and packed my favorite leather sneakers for the plane. I just love these trainers from Banana that are light and comfy and sporty cute.
Other sandals that are resort worthy.. Can you tell I love the new modern look of these comfy slides? I couldn’t choose so I just put them all on here.
These Seychelles Puffy Woven Slides in a zillion colors, Seychelles Low Key Slides, Kaanas Patterned Slides, Vince Sueded Buckle Espadrille, Silent D Woven Slide (in black and khaki), Beek Pigeon Slides, The Day Crossover Sandal from Everlane, The Dayna Lugsole Slide Sandal from Madewell, Pacific Leather Thong ( 3 colors) from J.Crew, Frances Valentine Gardenia Sandal, Tory Burch Miller Cloud in Spark, Tory Rope Slides.
I hope there is a vacation or a holiday you are planning in your future. I’ll share some more of my Big Island getaway soon.
Now please stop over to Cindy Hattersley and Sarah London’s wonderful blogs to see what they have for you in resort wear ideas for your vacation plans!
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Oh my goodness I can get in a lot of trouble on this post. I am ordering that Tommy Bahama linen jacket. Do you remember when there was a twin palms store at Santana Row? I loved that store. If I were younger that yellow frayed dress would be in my cart. Love that summersault green suit too. That brand is new to me. Boy do I need compression! I bought a miracle suit one time but it was so “compressed” I couldn’t breathe. I know they have improved them so much since then. I bookmarked that long flowy J Crew coverup in yellow as well. They just have great stuff now! Thanks for such a great post. I LOVED it!!
Sarah London Style says
Looks like you have had the perfect vacation! Well deserved! And such a gorgeous array of inspo for those on coming trips. It has left me wondering dis you pack too much?
Sarah, I am laughing, how did you know? I did better, but yes packed a bit much for 7 days. I wore my shorts multiple days though! I had too many dresses for sure and it was much too warm for white jeans! xo
Lots of good stuff in this post! I bought some cover-ups on Amazon last winter (2019) for a trip to Florida. It was hit or miss; I ordered about 6 and kept 2, but they were very inexpensive.
Hi Cathy, I haven’t checked Amazon, but will look there. I love that you can send things back now so easily.
LA CONTESSA says
YOU HAVE LOADS OF OPTIONS HERE FOR THAT TRAVELING GAL!I ADORE THE RAFFIA BASKET BAG!!!
THIS IS SUCH A DANGER SITTING HERE BLOGGING!!!!!!
MAYBE THATS WHY THE ITALIAN ROLLS HIS EYES!!!
I could never wear J.CREW the cut was too short for me and I was too heavy!BUT I DID DAMAGE A FEW YEARS BACK ON THEIR JEWELRY!!WHatever happened to that LYONS GAL who ran things for awhile?SHE really turned things around!
HAPPY YOU AND THE FAMILY GOT AWAY!!!
A MANGO ICE TEA SOUNDS YUM YUM……….did you have a POG for morning!!!?
I have found their suit the last few years have been great. A long time ago they rarely had support. They seem to be doing better now! Jenna Lyons left and has a false lashes company and a tv show on HBO Plus I think because I cannot watch it and would love too. Elizabeth you would love the mango ice tea. They make it with mango puree and tea. I did have POG too, but guava is my favorite juice in Hawaii. Have you had a guava slushy? SO good. Max loves POG in the cocktails. xo
LA CONTESSA says
POG IN THE COCKTAILS…………..NOW THATS AN IDEA!!!!
I ADORE GUAVA JUICE TOO…………NEVER had a slushy!!!
Gosh Kim … I’m not sure where to start. If I commented on all the individual pieces that I love here, my comment would be longer than your blog post!!
So, keeping it simple … I love everything! You always find the best things 💕💕
I’m sure you looked absolutely gorgeous at all times on your vacation.
I’ll make a special mention about your sunglasses in the Isabelle Marant top, photo … so cute and you look great in them!
Also the tube top works beautifully.
Such a great post! I’m a mix of sad and sort of glad that I can’t shop on all the US sites you mentioned! 🤣
Boy oh boy, do I wish I were going on vacation! You found some great pieces and if the weather is hot again this summer you’ll be able to wear them at home, too! You looked great, relaxed and perfectly dressed for the resort and sightseeing!
You always do a great job finding sources for all the best!Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Heidi. I hope you have something soon. I know you have your France trip coming up! xo
Kim! You can be my personal shopper!
I love all your selections! We don’t have vacation plans for the next few months as we live a few minutes from the beach and tend to stay out for the summer but I am still getting inspiration from your post for our staycation.
Anne Corgan says
Am planning a trip to the Big Island in December. Cant wait to hear your suggestions. We’ve never been to Hawaii
Mary Ann Pickett says
Holy cow!! I want one of everything, Kim. I’m going to reread this on my computer instead of this small telephone screen. Loved it!!
I couldn’t read this post until today since I was on a plane flying back to SJ from Kona. How funny that we overlapped destinations. We ate at the Tommy Bahama restaurant for lunch one day. Do you know that they have a second retail store at the King’s Shops in Waikoloa? I find their things hit and miss and some of the dresses were too short for me this season (the off the shoulder that you show).
I’ve never tried slides since I wasn’t sure I could keep them on but you show some that are tempting. All of the content is great and you packed this one with lots to explore. Since I’ve just been to Cabo, now Kona, I guess I need to figure out another tropical get-away!
Btw, I love Athleta pants for travel. I don’t know the name of the style but they are as light as silk, don’t wrinkle and are good looking. They have a ridged band that runs down the sides à la tuxedo.
So happy for you that you got your whole fam together for this trip.
Loved it all! You look adorable in everything! Hope you had a great vacation!
Very enjoyable post! Let’s all go on vacation! WhooHoo! Aloha …!!
Enjoyed following along on your Hawaiian adventure, Kim. Especially all your fun fashion choices. Reading this post I’m so tempted to book a flight just so I can buy a few cute new summer things … like that tube top! Love your mom’s advice. She was a wise one! xo
Linda Salazar says
Hi Kim, Nice that you could finally take a vacation. I have talked to so many people lately that were either planning a trip to Hawaii or just got back. A lot of great clothing choices…I just bought the Banana Republic trainers that have the leopard accents. I sized up a half size and they fit perfect.
Linda Salazar says
Oops that would be snakeskin accents!