Resort Wear

9 April 2013

If there’s one thing I noticed about the season 6 premiere of AMC’s Mad Men, it had to be the abundance of facial hair. Particularly, the variety of rumpled beards and ultra long sideburns, even on otherwise clean-cut characters such as Pete Campbell.

Abundance of facial hair on the Mad Men Season 6 Premiere

But I digress. I’m not here to talk about the abounding “manscapes” that are sure to become even more prevalent as the season progresses; I’m hear to discuss the clothes and accessories of the first episode. Naturally.

I will say that the slow migration toward the ’70s was ultra apparent in this season’s premiere, and not just because of the scruff and all those “dope” and “reefer” references.

Don and Megan’s Resort Wear

I’ll start at the beginning (though I will skip the weird CPR flashback…). We find Don and Megan lounging it up along the tropical beaches of Hawaii and both look fab in their resort wear digs. For the most part, Don adheres to his sort of stringent, stiff apparel, but we do catch him in a pair of seashell-laden red swim shorts. We also see him stray from his standard suit to wear a pale, avocado green number at the impromptu wedding he becomes a key player in.

It’s Megan’s fashion choices that made me swoon though. I’m just going to say it: the best look of the entire episode was worn by Megan on the beach as she snapped a picture of Don at the wedding. The bold purple and orange breezy number, her floppy lavender sunhat, carefree hair and those round, oversized sunglasses came together perfectly. And I may or may not be buying a pair of those sunglasses in the near future. I need them, okay?

Megan's swoon-worthy resort wear on the Mad Men Season 6 Premiere

Picture Perfect Joan

If I’m going in order of the show, the next outfit to highlight is the form-fitting, frilly purple frock worn by fiery-haired Joan. (Note – ruffles are so hot for SS2013.)

Though we only saw a few minutes of our favorite voluptuous character in this episode, Joan definitely made a statement while standing on the staircase waiting to have her photo taken. Even Roger, who’s forever dapper, muttered something about not wanting to follow “that act.”

Picture Perfect Joan in a form-fitting, frilly purple frock on the Mad Men Season 6 Premiere

Funeral Duds

This whole episode was rife with underlying, mysterious messages and nods toward death. Roger’s mother’s funeral was a more blatant moment in the recurring motif. And while somewhat dark, I couldn’t help but fall in love with another outfit, my second favorite of the episode: Jane’s black and white ensemble.

Roger’s second ex-wife made a brief appearance and, my heavens, she looked divine. Her raven hair was swept up tightly and hiding underneath a tall, off-center hat. The kind of hat that belongs on the cover of haute couture magazines. It was paired with the perfectly applied makeup, oversized pearl earrings and non-form fitting, funeral-appropriate sheath.

In my opinion, Jane has sort of always fulfilled the “on the cutting edge of fashion” role in this show. This particular outfit only furthers my point.

Jane's black and white ensemble on the Mad Men Season 6 Premiere

I must admit that I’m excited to see where this late ’60s fashion goes this season. I have a feeling that, in addition to the dapper apparel worn by the Mad Men, we’ll be seeing more of the gritty and gruff sides of fashion that the era was known for, as well. Can’t wait!

By Wendy Rose Gould

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27 December 2012

WHAT: Time to Get Away: Resort-Ready Picks Online Sample Sale @

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WHEN: 12/27 3pm – 12/29 11am


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22 June 2012

Resort wear has long confused fashion mavens and novices alike. What exactly is this “fifth season” of clothing? Why do designers take the time to create a resort wear collection in the first place? Do people actually buy from these collections? And if so, do they really wear said garments to a resort?

Curious (naturally), The Stylish City grabbed a high fashion shovel and partook in bit of digging to answer those very questions. Below you’ll find a brief history of resort wear along with a few resort wear 2013 trends we’re loving.

Valentino Resort 2013. Photo by Giovanni Giannoni

Norma Kamali Resort 2013. Photo by George Chinsee

What is Resort Wear?

While the term seems pretty self-explanatory, resort wear is more than just clothing you wear to some fancy schmancy resort. It’s essentially a year-round “season” created for people going on vacation. It’s sometimes referred to as cruise wear or tropical wear.

The collections comprise a full scale of options, from casual walking shorts and caftans to evening gowns and light dinner jackets. Many designers utilize breathable, luggage-friendly materials for their collections. Think cotton, silk, microfiber, poplin and denim.

Resort wear is different from standard seasonal collections in the sense that it makes a distinct effort to fuse functionality with fashion. In short: the goal of resort wear is to make you look good while feeling great despite warmer temps.

Why Do Designers Create a Resort Wear Collection?

You’d think designers had enough on their plate with spring, summer, fall and winter, but many choose to make an additional resort wear collection. Why? Because the stuff is extremely profitable. Think about it. People vacation year round and are willing to spend extra money to look good in all those photographs that’ll be had.

Who Creates Resort Wear?

Designers and design houses such as Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama and J. Crew pioneered the whole resort wear fad, but many others have continued the trend. Almost all major designers showcase resort wear collections including Michael Kors, DVF, Prada, Chanel, Versace, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Valentino.

Who Buys Resort Wear?

Initially, resort wear was marketed to affluent shoppers who moseyed around upscale department stores. Today, resort wear is worn by people of all ages and incomes.

Ferragamo Resort 2013. Photo by Dominique Maitre

Roberto Cavalli Resort 2013. Photo by Giovanna Pavesi

Chanel Resort 2013, Photo by Giovanni Giannoni

Valentino Cruise 2013

Three Resort Wear 2013 Trends We Adore:

Natural Nudes: There’s something about natural hues, especially when layered on top of each other, that whispers, “sophistication.” Designers such as Alexander Wang, Dior, Emporio Armani and Calvin Klein utilized creamy whites, soft browns, pale pinks and muted grays in their 2013 collections.

Flashy Colors: The opposite side of the color spectrum — flashy color pops — are also on trend for 2013 resort wear. Think deep purple paired with burnt orange, color blocked primaries and monochromatic reds, greens and pinks. Nanette Lepore, Marchesa, DKNY and Erin Fetherston made use of these colors in their collections.

 Native/Tribal Prints: It seems that native and tribal prints are never out of style. Probably because there’s a million different heritages to pull from. Resort wear 2013 is all about African, Navajo and Egyptian inspired prints. Alice by Temperly, BCBG Max Azria and Mara Hoffman all showcased the native/tribal trend in their collections.

By Wendy Rose Gould

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 12:00 AM
Fashion: Trends, Style, and Business , Opinions , Trends , Trends |

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