No time for a relaxing trip to the islands, or room in the budget to jet to Palm Springs while secretly hoping for a close encounter with a celebrity? Go on a fashion journey; a stylish staycation.
This spring’s fashion lineup is perfect for a getaway that has as much to do with a feeling and what you’re wearing than an actual trip – though lucky you if one’s on the calendar.
Clothes can evoke a certain mood. Head-to-toe black probably doesn’t conjure images of sandy beaches and swaying palms, yet it’s nearly impossible not to smile, daydream or feel good in the bold and colorful patterns that are so popular this spring.
Florals, tropical prints, stripes, retro patterns, polka dots and color combinations of orange, pink and green – often in neon hues – wash over flowy midi and maxi dresses, sometimes belted at the waist or worn loose for a more casual, comfortable option. Sleeveless tops and collared blouses in similar colors and unexpected prints take on a playful feel when paired with a flirty pleated skirt, Bermuda shorts or wide-leg trousers.
But it’s dresses that look so fresh, easy and breezy. Pair one with sandals and an armful of bangles for a romantic al fresco dinner at the lake, and then slip on sunglasses and a straw hat to watch the sun set. Imagine Lake Hefner is an ocean and it almost feels like Hawaii.
Not into florals, bold colors or prints? Look for dresses that embrace other trendy details such as tiered ruffles, sweetheart necklines, soft knit styles, button-down treatment and puff sleeves.
The bottom line: A fashion journey, even if you never leave the 405, is a sensational escape.