Fashion tips for your holiday in the sun

  • By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel Associated Press
  • Monday, December 21, 2009 1:36pm
  • Life

Pity the warm-weather fashionista in winter.

Sure, it’s hard to feel sympathy for the celebrities, trendsetters and snowbirds who gather for the holidays in Las Vegas, where a cold day is considered about 60 degrees. It’s the same story in Miami, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico.

But what about those holiday-season traditions ? The Associated Press solicited advice from stylists and fashion editors on how to wear chose tropics-worthy looks for the holidays.


Instead of cashmere scarves, choose a silk or cotton version that can be worn over long flowing layers. Leopard prints are also stylish right now.

“I personally always bring scarves with me,” said Michelle McCool, fashion director at Cosmopolitan magazine. “I use it as a pareo if I am at the beach … I use it with everything. If I am cold in the airplane, I use it as a blanket.”

McCool, a Miami native, said Echo scarves are a good choice.

Sweater dress

Switch out that sweater dress for a maxi or mini in a floaty fabric. Materials matter here, and so does a light color. Black, seemingly the staple color anywhere else, can look out of place at a resort.

If you go for a hip, unique look, Taylor Tomasi Hill, style and accessories director at Marie Claire, said to buy a silk slip and pair it with a long cardigan and belt. Wear the look with a masculine shoe, like a tough high-heeled bootie.

“Because of the cardigan, I honestly think women of all ages can wear it,” she said.


Trade in Uggs for motorcycle boots. McCool suggests boots by Frye. “They are like dark brown motorcycle boots, very thin leather,” she said. “It’s almost a little country.”

Boots are all the rage this season, even in hot weather, especially the over-the-knee look,


Chunky statement necklaces are the new way to accessorize any outfit. Next season it’s bangles. So forget about adding flare to outfits with embellished sweaters.

You can add a nice colorful or crystal chunky necklace to black clothes or even on top of colors. Put one on with a T-shirt and jeans and you’ll look good, Tomasi Hill said.

McCool advises against wearing them every day. Reserve them for special occasions because they are heavy and really do make a statement, she said.

“I think it shows that she’s fashion forward and bit of a risk taker,” McCool said.


Who can live without a good pair of leggings, even in the heat? This season it’s sequins and lace. They can be worn with a longer T-shirt or jacket.

There are some good ones in the collection of Rodarte for Target.

Tomasi Hill says leather shorts are even better than leggings, especially in the heat.

But no matter what, don’t be a slave to trends, stylist Phillip Bloch said.

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