Going to the islands with a practical look

Dear Julie,
My husband and I are taking a mini-vacation this spring to the Carribean. I’m trying to be practical in my shopping and not spend a lot on clothing, but they have a dress-code for dinners. I want to look cute but dress “right.” I want to get things that I know I’ll wear at home. I shopped the other day at Anthropologie for a sundress and found this Swivel top that I love. Is it okay for the resort? How can I dress it so that it’s right for dinners on my trip and home this spring and summer?


Hi Susan!
CUTE top! Okay, first: totally jealous. I want a trip to the Carribean with my husband! (yes, whining.) Hmmm. First, you must go find some sundresses (check the less expensive stores for them–there are usually plenty.) Every time I’ve been to resorts I find myself living in sundresses because it gets so hot and they’re free-flowing. But I totally understand shopping to be practical and putting together looks you wear on your trip and at home. So, I have a few suggestions for your adorable top.

Anthropologie Swivel Shirt



Pants and skirts

You can wear this top tucked in with a thin belt or untucked. In the Carribean I’d probably untuck it but at home the chic tuck-in with a gold belt works for spring. For the islands, go for light-weight white pants and flat flip-flops (or some cute wedges if you’re short like me). At home, red pants would look hot and you can wear them before Memorial Day.

If you’d rather a skirt for around home, go with a pencil skirt.  The leopard skirt is a bit more wow if you’re daring. Denim and red skirts will always work–if you tuck in, go with that thin belt. I find these skirts to be a bit restricting in the heat, so they’d be better for home than the islands.


This shirt needs nothing around the neckline because of all the bulk in the “swivel.” So look for simple drop earrings that will add a little sparkle or these fabulous, textured gold studs (yes, they’re pricey, so find something similar. ) And wear a lot of bulk on your wrists to balance the lack of bling around the neckline.  (The bracelets are costly, too. But you get the idea, right?)

Anthropologie Swivel top, outfitted




Oh. My. Goodness. Did you see those spendy shoes?! They’re far too much money, but they’d be perfection for this top. But, let’s be practical… you won’t love them as much in a year and who wants to spend $900 on shoes? However, if you find them on super duper 99% off sale, don’t keep it a secret! Okay, pratically, get a pair of flip flops that offer a little excitement for your trip and will work with this top  and some sundresses. In-other-words, not the ones you’ll wear to the pool. That’s really all you’ll need for your trip and you can wear them all summer long. I love throwing some leopard print into my looks for a little boom so check out the Tory Burch flip flops, which wil be great for the trip and home this summer, when you’re dressing up an every day look. And bring along a pair of cute wedges in a neutral color so you don’t need more than one pair.  The peep-toe heels (above) are better for home when you wear the top and pants outfit.

Get a wrap

pashmina for your island trip



My final recommendation for your trip is to get a wrap in any color so that you can wear it with everything. There will be nights when a walk on the beach is chilled by the breeze or where you didn’t put on enough sunscreen and the sunburn is making you cold. You’ll really only need one wrap, and you’ll want to take it everywhere with you. If you go for neutral, it’s easier to wear it with everything, but a fun, bright color is always more desirable in the Carribean.

Now, go treat yourself to a sundress, some flip flops and a hot new, swimsuit. Have fun for me and sip a Pina Colada by the pool!

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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