A spring vacation is almost a necessity in the Midwest. The snow turns to slush, the skies continue to loom grey and gloomy, and wanderlust starts creeping into our psyche. Dreams of sun-drenched beaches, dinners lit by sunset on the sand and that ocean breeze all beckon our overworked and downtrodden soul.
A vacation is more than just a getaway. For me, it is a chance to renew and refresh; to open up a new world of possibilities and see the everyday in a different way. I cherish packing for a warm weather getaway- shopping for resort chic attire involves imaginary scenarios of where I will feel wind play at the hemline of my new wrap dress.
I can almost sense the sunshine on my skin, bare in my new off-the shoulder-ensemble. My tissue thin scarf provides protection from the slight chill that comes after the sun dips below the horizon.
Alison and I recently took a shopping trip and impromptu photo shoot at my favorite boutique Ella Louvi for our spring break trips, and I scored several resort chic looks to rock my impending vacation.
Ella Louvi had so many great tops to dress up a pair of basic white pants. My favorite white trousers are from White House Black Market because they have nude-colored pockets- BRILLIANT! I snapped these up at an end of season sale last year, and there are a few similar pairs on sale currently.
5 Resort Chic Looks to Rock Your Next Vacation
Lunch with the Ladies
Lunch on vacation isn’t just a in-and-out scenario. Freshly caught fish, lush salads and a glass of ice cold sangria turn a mid-day snack into a festive affair. A blush tie front blouse elevates a basic look, but brings an element of casual elegance. White patent leather pointed toe heels embellished with gold studs give the look a little edge- these BCBGeneration Darron pumps are my favorite find. A bright pink oversize envelope clutch adds a punch of much-needed color.
Want something a little more cozy? How about a chunky knit turtleneck with a lace-up detail! This piece is on-trend but not “trendy,” so you will be able to pull it out of your closet for seasons to come.
For a Night of Dancing
The key to keeping a tank top interesting is to add embellishments or an asymmetrical hem. Want to make an impact? Toss both elements in and keep the bottom half of your outfit basic. This is an outfit you can move in! I would love to pair this with simple shoulder-grazing diamond drop earrings and a simple diamond tennis bracelet.
A Day on the Boat
You might want to live in your bathing suit, but a versatile cover up than can go from the beach to the dinner cruise is a lifesaver. This particular tasseled and belted shift adds intrigue and a touch of exotic flair with embroidered flowers. Mules and wedges are popular shoe styles of the season, and keep you balanced while statuesque. This fedora (similar here) from the Target Dollar Spot gives you a little coverage from the sun, and at $3 isn’t an issue if it blows overboard!
A Walk on the Beach
The wind can whip up unexpectedly in the tropics, causing your warm-weather outfit plan to fail. I always bring a wrap or scarf with me, and these brilliant tie dyed and ikat print kimono scarves are the perfect addition to your trip attire. Use this as a bathing suit cover up, belt it over a dress to transform a basic sheath, or combine it with linen pants and a silk tank for a relaxed cookout on the beach.
I usually pick something lovely out for myself on vacation, a little memento to bring back and cherish from a local boutique. Of course, shopping and cocktails go hand in hand, so slip on this oh so chic off-the-shoulder frayed denim piece. It is relaxed with an on-trend neckline, and can be dressed up or down depending upon your accessories and skirt/pant combo. The large gauge black crystal beaded necklace anchors the look, keeping you from looking too bare on top.
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Cheryl Leahy is the author of the blog all dressed up with nothing to drink…, and her motto is “Don’t Give Up! Figuring out how to adapt to motherhood while keeping a sense of self is an art form.” She is also a regular contributor to 30Second Mom, Shop Girl Daily, Well Traveled Kids and is a regular style expert on the ChicagonistaLIVE! show.