Although Winter has just begun, our favorite fashionable celebs have been vacationing at some of the most beautiful beaches and donning some seriously chic warm-weather looks. Julianne Hough worked a breezy island-ready combo while shopping in St. Barts, Jessica Alba sported a punchy Isabel Marant tunic with a panama hat in Cabo, and Michelle Williams topped her black bandeau bikini with a chambray shirt and classic shades in Mexico. If you're heading to a tropical destination or just getting a jump-start on planning your Summer adventures, be sure to mimic these two celeb-approved resort looks.
Rachel Zoe donned a striped caftan, black platform sandals, and black floppy hat while hanging out at Malibu Country Mart with son Skyler. Her loose locks and natural makeup complemented her boho-chic look, while a bevy of accessories — mixed metal necklaces, oversized watch, and round shades — injected a touch of glam. Channel Rachel's breezy Summer style with a similar caftan, floppy hat, and ankle strap sandals for a day of errands, or really make a statement in this vibrant Josie Natori caftan ($450) with embellished sandals for a beachside dinner date.
Trend Alert: Animal Print Kaftan If you're going to the seaside this Summer then finding the right kaftan or cover-up is just as important as finding the right swimwear. This is the item you will probably end up wearing the most as you walk to and from the beach/pool and for waterside cocktails!
Caftans can be highly exotic. Mary-Kate Olsen practically lives in them. But this Anna Sui Mixed Prints V-Neck Caftan ($944) takes exotic to a whole other level. I love the sheer fabric and dark colors. It's the contrast side panels and volume that are throwing me off. A petite girl would especially get lost in so much fabric. What do you think about it? Does it rock your world, or is it better left unworn?
The weather is still warm and I love it. Last week I attended a hotel rooftop pool party with a bunch of friends. I'm sure I'll cherish the memory come next season's gusty winds. Lots of splashing, drinking, munching, and some dancing were involved. Who was up for the challenge of dressing me? I asked you to help me find a super-cool bathing suit, sandals, a hat, and a coverup. Long live Summer!
I started you off with this Marc Jacobs Collection Carter Wristlet ($595) because all I needed to carry was cash.
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No matter how hard your abs are or how toned your bum is, you have to cover up a bit before you hit the waves. OK, I suppose you don't have to, but with all the exotic coverups out there, why not have an outfit change? Blake Lively even covered up with a Tory Burch tunic on the set of Gossip Girl. Coverups are not limited to tunics though. You can wear a romper, sarong, sundress, or tank top. Choose the one that suits your style and give your audience something — your hot bikini bod! — to look forward to.
In last week's CelebStyle Smarts quiz, most of you knew the difference between Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's style. Go you! As exemplified here, MK is the sister that doesn't mind looking a little tousled, and we appreciate her for that. The vintage Halston black bat-wing caftan she wore to the Late Show is floaty and flirty. She accentuated her tiny waist with a studded belt and fancied her feet with a pair of Louboutin pumps. Of course, she couldn't leave home with her signature small round sunnies.
My hunt for the perfect kaftan ended on this Emilio Pucci Cosmo Print Kaftan ($615). I love the tie-up front and the vintage print takes me back to the days of peace and love. I can't help but wonder if the swirling prints and wide sleeves are over the top. What do you think?