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Style Spy: 7 Ways to Sport Resort Wear


What is resort wear exactly? Often called cruise wear, it is a collection put out by designers in the new year for those who tend to travel to warmer climates. Once only for the well-off, resort wear is perfect for even the non-jet-setter who wants to add a bit of pizazz to her wardrobe. What’s hot this year is a cool mix of prints, patterns and textures. Here’s what we covet:

1. Sporty spice

Leave your yoga pants at home and get yourself a great backpack and slip-on sneakers. Complement your sporty look with delicate jewelry. | Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack (pictured, also available in deep red), $245; Chuck Taylor ‘Shoreline’ Sneaker (not pictured), $49.95, Nordstrom, Newark, shop.nordstrom.com; Lilly Pulitzer Belle Tassle Necklace (not pictured), $78, The Pink Crab, Rehoboth Beach, www.thepinkcrab.com

2. Jump on it

A jumpsuit or romper moves seamlessly from an all-day shopping spree to a casual dinner out. Choose one in an understated floral pattern. | Navy floral romper, $48, Nicole J Boutique, Middletown, www.nicolejboutique.com

3. Lightly laced

Stay cool when the temperature rises. This top is a nice alternative to a plain white T. | Callista Lace Blouse, $175, J. McLaughlin, Greenville, www.jmclaughlin.com

4. Wrap it up

Go from the beach or pool to a cocktail party in an instant. Wraps by Tish transform into seven different styles, from casual to elegant. | Available in black, ivory or gray. 36-inch length, $79; 48-inch length, $89, Christina’s Unique Accessories & More, Wilmington, www.christinaballas.com

5. Suit yourself

Named after the capital on the Mediterranean, this black-and-white tankini has gold fringe details at the neck and just the right amount of coverage. | Trina Turk Algiers Tankini Top, $102, Shirred Tab Hipster Bikini Bottoms, $58, South Moon Under, Newark and Rehoboth Beach, www.southmoonunder.com

6. Palms away

Look right at home in Hawaii or the Virgin Islands in this flattering, playful frock in a rosy, floral print. | Chloe dress in Menara Gardens by Tori Richard, $130, Carltons Men’s & Women’s Apparel, Rehoboth Beach, www.carltonsapparel.com

7. Escape artist

All eyes will be on you in this lively dress with an abstract print and figure-framing pleats. | Joseph Ribkoff dress Style 171716, $248, Carltons Men’s & Women’s Apparel

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