Face it ladies, every year we get a new crop of this traditional look, hopefully with an occasional twist. The style is generally practical and wearable by many body types. Every label makes the shorts and cargo pants, most are showing dresses with drawstring waists and/or skirts with oversized pockets. Animal prints proliferate. Shop a bit. Try to find something like these examples showing a bit more pizzazz than the boxy olive green or khaki model. Cut makes a difference.
Now this is unexpected. A polished, stretch cotton shirtdress with box pleat ruffles. Femininity is not usually associated with safari fashion unless you choose to unbutton a front closure skirt. This original dress manages the feat. Matching fabric covered belt at the waist. Front hidden button closure. Chest patch pocket. Cotton/spandex, machine wash. $168.00
Just different enough to make an impression. Nice detailing, good pocket configuration and made from linen, making it a bit dressier. When breezes blow over your local beach, this piece will be perfect. Wear over a tank top in the evening as a jacket as well. Concealed button placket closure, long sleeves, multiple functional pockets. $39.99
This great looking version of the trend is like a long, cool drink of water. Classic cargo pockets. A full front zipper to assure the fitted shape. ¾ length sleeve. And here’s the zinger: the lower skirt zips off to make a shorter length! Two dresses in one. Great for vacations. Rayon/polyester/nylon. On sale $197.00
A well made traditional interpretation you can wear over everything from bathing suits to jeans or shorts. Nicely cut. Good fabric-look how it falls. Detailing that counts. Green or Ecru (of course). Spread collar (definitely more flattering), button front epaulets, ¾ sleeves with button-tab cuffs. Pleated patch pockets on the chest. Cotton/silk. $100.00
Great proportions and a belted silhouette makes this a good piece to wear over skirts as well as pants. Luxe linen blend and sophisticated styling mean the jacket will serve in urban as well as suburban environments. High neck keeps evening or mountain breezes a bay. You’ll wear this one for years. Cotton/polyester. $265.00