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The Hottest Resort Trends for 2014

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

If you're planning a luxury vacation this winter or spring, there are some resort-wear trends you'll want to keep in mind while shopping for some new ensembles. Whether you're packing a suitcase for St. Tahiti or Turks & Caicos, here are some of the hottest looks you'll want to include in your suitcase:

Seeing stripes The ubiquitous nautical trend is back & bolder than ever for this year's resort collections. This year, though, designers offered a new twist on classic designs. For example, Marni incorporated navy & white stripes into a calf-grazing skirt with an enormous ruffle, while Marc Jacobs included this quintessential print into a fur pullover for an updated look. Consider a button-up belted dress with marinière stripes, which can take you seamlessly from a casual daytime jaunt to drinks at a trendy local bar.

Crochet chic This isn't the crochet you remember from the '70s – it's far edgier. Sarah Burton paid homage to the bohemian era with macramé tunics, while Alexander McQueen's crochet dresses featured a collar & a plunging neckline for a surprisingly sultry take. You might take along a macramé beach cover-up for lounging in the hammock, or a crochet jacket, which is the perfect weight for those island nights. 

Drama in paradise Tropical prints are certainly expected on the resort runways, but these were not your typical Hawaiian florals. Jason Wu proved that exotic patterns can indeed have a darker side, revealing sophisticated shift dresses that featured ominous jet black floral shadows, while Fausto Puglisi sent models down the runway in stunning mini-dresses with jet the shadows of black palm tress against a neon green backdrop. If you're headed to the Big Island, trade your traditionally cheery tropical pieces for an eye-catching black wrap dress with ethereal flowers, or a palm tree printed tank dress with tough leather accents. 

Go for the gold While you're working on getting that golden glow basking in the Mexican sun, you'll be glad to have a few metallic pieces in your suitcase. Not only is gold a major trend for resortwear this spring, it's also a hue that's surprisingly versatile on vacation. Jonathan Simkhai dressed models in bronze bustier tops & pencil skirts, while Acne Studios put a twist on tradition with gold foil blazers. Bring a shimmering miniskirt with you for the casino or cocktailing. Gold isn't just for the evening, either. You could easily rock a glittering cardigan with your denim shorts in the afternoon. Or if you're looking to attract some attention on the beach, a metallic swimsuit should do the trick.

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