Into the Tropics: Summer’s popular trend and its origins

Hey everyone,
I’m really sorry I haven’t posted in so long, I’ve been very busy and will be sure to turn out a more reasonable number of posts each week. That being said, today’s post is on one of my favorite trends for spring/summer 2012, tropical. The tropical trend has become almost a cult summertime classic, sweeping over flowy maxidresses, flouncy mini skirts, bikinis, and even shorts. Something about the sunny pattern evokes a more relaxed, carefree time. Slip on a pair of palm printed shorts and feel like you’re on an island, sunning in the Caribbean, sounds good to me! Especially with the latter part of the school year dragging on, this cheery trend may be the perfect remedy for the stifling feeling of being stuck in a stuffy classroom during the sunny June weather.

Hit the Tropics… the budget friendly version of springing for a beach vacation!

Welcome to the Tropics!

Motel vintage style dress
$52 –

Flutter sleeve dress
$43 –

$51 –

$13 –

women’s clothing
$23 –

$30 –

Vintage necklace
$44 –

ASOS chain jewelry
$10 –

Butterfly sunglasses
$14 –

Oasis floral scarve
$35 –


he tropical, island themed look first became popular with the 60s resort wear. First lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s yellow Lilly Pulitzer shift dress, which was photographed in Life Magazine, brought Pulitzer (and her sunny hued shifts) to fame, thus spurring the resortwear, Palm Beach tropical clothing movement. The clothes weren’t restricted to Palm Beach upper class vacationers like Kennedy and Pulitzer though, it made its way onto magazine covers and even into one of the most famous models of all time’s wardrobe (yes, I’m referring to Twiggy).

One of the first Pulitzer stores, located in Palm Beach.


Harper’s Bazaar cover, circa 1963

…And Now:

on the Spring 2012 runways-

Top to bottom: Altuzarra runway collection, Jcrew runway, and Proenza Schouler

Some tips for wearing this bold look:

-Please, stick to ONE tropical print! (or risk looking like a circus clown).

-Pair with crisp neutrals like white shorts with a tropical tank or cutoffs and a print bikini top, or a breezy tropical dress with metallic sandals.

-Prefer to dip your toes in first? Ease into the bright trend by adding tropical accessories, like a palm tree pendant (above), tropical shades, or a print scarf or beach bag.

-Bonus: Paint your toes in one of the season’s prettiest creamsicle colors and apply a slight amount of bronzer for a sun kissed look. I totally did just come back from Barbados.

Happy (almost) summer time! Let me know if there are any topics in particular you’d like me to cover.




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