How to not overlook resort collections Jackie Sussman '17

One hundred years ago, the world was a much different place. People actually cared about their appearances.

Ironically, the forever-vacation look Silicon Valley perpetuates has its origins in the vacation days of an incredibly rigid society, from social conservatism to corsets.

Kate Winslet as Rose Dewitt-Bukater in "Titanic" vs. Mark Zuckerberg; photos labeled for reuse under the Creative Commons License.

Today, resort collection refers to the preseason lines to the traditional spring/summer collections shown during September fashion weeks held in London, Paris, Milan and New York, and another collection is shown in November before autumn/winter collections are showcased.

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Or, if you’re completely tone-deaf when it comes to fashion, they’re the collections that leave you wondering why on Earth high fashion designers are showcasing floral bikinis during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Piktochart created by Jackie Sussman '17

Here’s a list of the top three designers that have defined resort collections since the 1910s and that you should look out for if you’re vacationing in the Bahamas, Santorini or anywhere tropical this February:

Chanel Resort Collection 2017, via Vogue

Coco Chanel’s LBD

The little black dress (LBD) is and will always be a fashion staple. The House of Chanel debuted Coco’s famous little black dress in the fashion golden age of the 1920s, forever revolutionizing the resort industry. Perfectly bridging the change from women staying in one outfit rather than frequently changing per occasion, the LBD is a fantastic day-to-night piece. Don’t leave the dock without it.

Via Lilly Pulitzer Resort 2016

Lilly Pulitzer

Since the 1960s, Pulitzer’s pretty preppy prints have been the center of the resort party. This should come as no surprise: Pulitzer founded her company in 1959 while she was working at an orange-juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida, and spilled a drink on her dress. She decided to make a colorful shift dress to camouflage the the stains on her original dress; once former First Lady Jackie Kennedy began frequenting the Lilly Pulitzer boutique on her many vacations to Nantucket, the rest was history. Invest in Lilly Pulitzer, the ultimate resort-wear designer.

Photo via Tommy Bahama

Everything Tommy Bahama

In 1992, the resort industry successfully captured the island lifestyle idea in one shirt: the Hawaiian silk shirt. Buy one for yourself, or in one of their many other fashions; without Tommy Bahama, you are not on an island vacation.

Be prepared to say “aloha” to February break with the above designers!

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