Playing at the beach

Winter in the Sun?

Playing at the beach

Some of you will be lucky enough to escape winter, if briefly, visiting places where the sun smiles at temperatures seriously less than down-coat-cold. Here, for your review, some attractive additions to your warm weather wardrobe. (Click on the product name for more information and to buy).

The Right Reds

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Rosamosario Lara’s Flower Dress- Luxury lingerie influenced corset dress with underwire padded cups and boned body for va-va voom shaping. Old fashioned, upscale girlish glamour. Adjustable elasticized shoulder straps. Gold eyelets and interweaving ribbon fastens a lace-up back. Cotton/Nylon; hand wash. $434.00

Milly Pansy Print Slim Haley Dress- Pair with heels for dinner on a patio or with flat sandals for sightseeing. The color and construction of this dress will keep you looking neat and fresh despite heat. Vibrant pansy print on a crisp, white cotton poplin background. Split, boat neckline; keyhole back buttons. Capo sleeves; back zipper. Belt ties in front. Length hits at knee. $375.00

Preen Line Antigua Dress- Wowza! Make an entrance in this sexy, stylish dress and surprise your travelling companion (one hopes.) Heads will turn in admiration and envy. Stretch cotton, machine wash. One shoulder, fitted waistband, belt loops, detachable, black textured leather belt, pleated front, two side pockets, back slit. Exposed bronze zipper at the side. Pencil line. Hot pink and tomato red. $450.00

Cool Blues

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Bibico Fair Trade Striped Jersey Dress- Great for spending the day in or throwing on over a bathing suit to visit the local market. Slouchy, classic tee-like dress. Belt not included. Jersey cotton. Available in navy and cream or red and cream stripes. Double front pockets. Mid-thigh. Machine washable. $55.00

Richard Nicoll One-Shoulder Dress- Beautiful color, light weight fabric, pretty silhouette. What more could one ask? Sky-blue 100% semi-sheer cotton-voile, pleating from waist, two-tiered skirt. Concealed zipper at the side. Above the knee. $149.00

Alice & Olivia Bree One-Shoulder Dress- Definitely not hippie tie-dye, this engineered pattern is figure flattering and a la mode. Makes you look like a classic statue. Tie-dye silk, folded pleats, sash at the side; double layered wrap-effect skirt; fully lined. Exposed metal zipper at the side. $346.50

Darker Hues

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Lulu and Co. Louise Gray Zig Zag Bustier Dress- Kicky print pattern for girls who just want to have fun. Great hem detailing. Seamless bustier dress in black and white print with contrasting red and powder blue print puff hemline. Sweetheart neckline,slightly raised waistline. A-line skirt. Invisible back zipper closure. 100% cotton for breathability. $444.00

Raina Asymmetric Dress- Handsome and easy to wear by many different figures. Looks gorgeous with a tan to offset the white and azure blue. Greek in feeling. Draped bodice with broad straps and a wide waist band. Origami pleating and asymmetric stripes creating sculptural form. Cotton/Polyester. $204.00

Priestley’s Vintage Zinzi Cornflower Dress- Terrifically girly. They’re not making them like this anymore. Kim Novak in “Picnic?” Shirley Jones in most anything. An ingénue frock. One-shoulder (trend), this 1950’s dress (lovingly restored) continues its strap to create a pleated sash finished with a bow at the front. Boned bodice for shaping. A-line skirt with black underskirt for fullness. Knee length. $406.00

Sightseeing Dresses

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Burberry Brit Honey Daya Trench Style Sleeveless Dress- An absolute classic. Can be stylishly worn by almost any age woman to great effect. East, tailored, neat. $651.75

Camilla and Marc Cylinder Crepe and Jacquard Dress- Dressed up or down this comfortable piece is will show off your individuality. Fresh in silhouette and color. Feminine. White crepe and neon-lime jacquard. Ruched waist, tiered skirt; fully lined. Concealed zipper at the back. 100% Viscose. $660.00

Phillip Lim Jacquard Sleeveless Dress- Perfect for the tropics. Light, casual and practical. Round neck, gathered elastic waist with ribbon ties, sleeveless with joined shoulder straps at the back. Concealed zipper up front. Breast pocket at left side, patch pockets at hips. Curved hem. Relaxed fit. Linen/Cotton. Lined. on sale $175.00

Carven Cross Front Dress- Modern styling with vintage influence. Covered but not unfeminine. Classic colors. Add strappy sandals, a straw hat, and enormous sunglasses. Silk blend v-neck, sleeveless dress with cross front bodice. Contrast tan skirt with slash pockets. Exposed back zipper. Cotton/Polyester/Elastane. Also in black and white On sale $259.00


Top Left: Red Floral Tiered Skirt- Cute and girly. Wear with a tank top or bandeau, or over a bathing suit- day or evening to escape the heat. Eminently packable. Black elasticized waistband. Cotton/Polyester. Machine washable. Short. $27.00

Bottom Left: Camille Skirt- For the young and petite, this flippy mini may become your go-to Hamptons piece after your winter’s vacation. Flirty mini in a pretty vintage floral print. Smocked waist; embroidery. 100% Cotton. $58.00

Center: W. & L.T. Vintage Maxi Skirt-House of Liza- “Restored with love and care,” this Polynesian marries hippie designed ankle-length skirt can be worn with a little silk tank in the evening (and crystal beads) or sported over your bathing suit to go into town. $210.00

Right: Printed Cotton Skirt by Boden USA- 100% Cotton skirt, just above the knee for a day in the local village. Looks neat and discreet for visiting cathedrals or where native peoples might look askance at minis. Pretty multicolored floral. Other patterns. On sale $20.00

Dressing Up

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Metallic Gold Fold Skirt Jacquard Dress- Like a 1950’s movie star cocktail dress, this shimmering piece will catch the moonlight and carry it with you. All-over metallic gold thread weaves through cotton. Panel detail on bust and skirt flatter the figure. Zipper at back. $50.00

Charina Marla Sleeveless Wrap Dress- Look like a goddess come to earth in this body skimming evening wear. From the deck of a yacht, to a garden in Ibiza, you’ll shine. 100% Jersey dress slips on. Button closure on both sides as it asymmetrically wraps. Low v-neck. Gentle hand-wash. $275.00

BCBG Audrey One Shoulder Dress- Ruffles at the shoulder, more relaxed ruffles at the hip. Modestly flirty. Wear with silver, white, crystal or coral jewelry-not too heavy, please. A very pale grey. Adjustable shoulder strap. Zipper at the back. 100% Polyester, fully lined. Short. $250.00

Malene Birger Ophia Strapless Dress- Crisp even in the heat, this all occasion dress won’t wilt or appear crumpled. Clean and neat with just enough tailored, Adriatic style not to be stuffy. Off white and navy stripes with terrific architecturally draped pockets. Boned bodice for shaping. Navy waistband ties at the back; back zipper. Fully lined. 100% linen. Short. $243.00

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