Snowbird: Winter Italian Fashion

Resort, also known as Cruise season is dedicated to those of us travelling between mid-January through May. Fabrics are lighter, more colourful, with plenty of patterns and great beachwear options. Fashion designers usually base their collections on a theme, subject or place. For 2012, Michael Kors chose scubadivers, Dior looked to flapper girls and BCBG Max Azria was all about Seventies Boho-chic.

If you’re heading out of town for a 7-day vacay make sure you don’t make the mistake of just packing for the beach. Even though it’s hot out, style shouldn’t be sacrificed. Bring camisoles, blouses, two to three jersey or cotton-blend knee-length dresses, lounge pants, high-waisted shorts and several summery shawls and scarves to wear around your neck, over your shoulders, draped around your waist, or if wide enough, as a chic halter top. (Pack a few, they weigh next to nothing and will do wonders to change up your wardrobe from day to day.)

For the evening, we love DKNY’s red dresses – perfect for Valentines, Gucci ‘s glam gold and tan ensembles seem destined for a night out in Cuba and the much anticipated second line from reality TV stylist Rachel Zoe is chock full of long flowing romantic dresses that are begging for a stroll on the sand. In the way of handbags, swing packs are chic and simple, transitioning from the airport to the seaside. Footwear tip: leave the flip flops, take sandals with pretty jewels and rhinestones that can work for day or night, espadrilles with ties to wrap around tanned calves and a pair of sneakers for a morning jog.

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