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Yes it’s the dead of winter, and the holidays are over, so what is there to look forward to?  Clothes, that’s what!  With the resort collections stocking stores and e-commerce sites right now, you might be wondering what to wear now, and how.  Well, I’ve combed my favorite collections of the pre-spring season, and there’s plenty!  Resort, or “cruise” was developed for the high-society to have clothes to wear during their winter escapes to warm places, hence all the shorts and swimsuits, but you’ll also find some of the best outerwear of the year by smart designers that know what we need now!  Here are my favorite trends, and pieces that are available now at Net-a-Porter, and that are of course perfect for that tropical retreat if you’re so lucky!

Givenchy resort 2014

Givenchy resort 2014

Florals for spring???…groundbreaking…”  But yes you should wear them now!

Givenchy shopping bag

Givenchy shopping bag

Mary Katrantzou resort 2014

Mary Katrantzou resort 2014

Mary Katrantzou denim jacket

Mary Katrantzou denim jacket

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney top

Stella McCartney top

Valentino resort 2014

Valentino resort 2014

Erdem biker jacket

Erdem biker jacket

Peter Pilotto resort 2014

Peter Pilotto resort 2014

There are plenty of lovely looks and accessories for a little tropical treat, even if you’re in the urban jungle!

Reed Krakoff sandals

Reed Krakoff sandals

Carven resort 2014

Carven resort 2014

Carven shirt

Carven shirt

Michael Kors resort 2014

Michael Kors resort 2014

Animal prints are absolutely seasonless, from a great coat to sunglasses for those strangely bright overcast winter days.  Leopard and snake print are all over the place!

Stella McCartney animal-print sunglasses

Stella McCartney animal-print sunglasses

Valentino leopard-print calf hair coat

Valentino leopard-print calf hair coat

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney resort 2014

I love this suit together, but imagine that jacket with jeans, and a pretty blouse with those pants for a bold office look.

Stella McCartney coat

Stella McCartney coat

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Alexander Wang 'Elaphe' pumps

Alexander Wang ‘Elaphe’ pumps

Richard Nicoll resort 2014

Richard Nicoll resort 2014

Richard Nicoll top

Richard Nicoll top

Another way to bring just a dollop of animal print to your everyday look, with jeans or a great pair of pants.

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

Texture, texture, texture!!  It will surely warm up your winter look, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a chunky cable knit sweater.  Think layers!

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim bomber jacket

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014 shoe

Chloé resort 2014 shoe

Probably my favorite shoe from the resort collections!

Lanvin resort 2014

Lanvin resort 2014

Keep the embellishment I was talking about for the holidays going into January and beyond…even if just an accessory!

Lanvin bracelet

Lanvin bracelet

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney resort 2014

Stella McCartney clutch

Stella McCartney clutch

Osman resort 2014

Osman resort 2014

Nautical touches, including stripes, are always a good investment, and this season’s stripes are a perfect mix of classic and modern.

Chloé dress

Chloé dress

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé pants

Chloé pants

Christian Dior resort 2014

Christian Dior resort 2014

Cropped tops in the winter you say?  Well, they are better near the beach, but just layer over them for a chic and modern look!

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

Proenza Schouler resort 2014

Proenza Schouler resort 2014

Pleats are huge for spring, so go ahead and get with the trend now!  Invest in midi and mini skirts too, not floor length.

Proenza Schouler skirt

Proenza Schouler skirt

Proenza Schouler jacket

Proenza Schouler jacket

Try cropped jackets if you’re not down with the cropped top trend.

Valentino resort 2014

Valentino resort 2014

Chloé bermuda shorts

Chloé bermuda shorts

Bermuda shorts are perfectly acceptable if you’re not ready for short shorts…of course, also subject to location.

Derek Lam resort 2014

Derek Lam resort 2014

White never looked better to me than it does now!  Stock your closet with a great dress, shirts, and pants.  A summer tan is nice with white, but not necessary!

Adam Lippes dress

Adam Lippes dress

Balenciaga resort 2014

Balenciaga resort 2014

Carven tweed jacket

Carven tweed jacket

Black and white is also always chic!  Wear this everyday with jeans!

Alexander Wang resort 2014

Alexander Wang resort 2014

There’s that mini skirt I mentioned!  Throw on some great tights to make it blizzard appropriate.

Dion Lee mini skirt

Dion Lee mini skirt

Givenchy resort 2014

Givenchy resort 2014

I’m also obsessed with long white blazers and lace pants.  So chic!

Givenchy blazer

Givenchy blazer

No. 21 resort 2014

No. 21 resort 2014

Lace is such an important trend for resort and spring.  Love it!

No. 21 lace shirt

No. 21 lace shirt

Chloé resort 2014

Chloé resort 2014

The pant for the season is quite the opposite of the stove-pipe.  It’s all about a wide-leg, whether full-length or a cruise appropriate culotte.

Adam Lippes leather culottes

Adam Lippes leather culottes

Thakoon Addition resort 2014

Thakoon Addition resort 2014

This season is about being relaxed.  A slouchy pant and more fashionable sweatshirt is the season’s uniform.

Chloé two-tone pants

Chloé two-tone pants

Alexander Wang resort 2014

Alexander Wang resort 2014

Get yourself as many sweatshirts as you can, from leather ones, to embellished.  We’re not talking gym glass here!

Alexander Wang metallic knitted sweatshirt

Alexander Wang metallic knitted sweatshirt

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

Back to shorts…think knee-length in fun patterns, or sheer.  Just have fun with them!

Thakoon Addition shorts

Thakoon Addition shorts

Valentino resort 2014

Valentino resort 2014

And don’t be afraid to dress your shorts up!

Valentino lace shorts

Valentino lace shorts

Gucci resort 2014

Gucci resort 2014

One of my favorite spring trends can be found now…lamé.  Get the look with metallic accessories in silver and rose gold.

Alexander Wang 'Rockie Dumbo' metallic textured-leather tote

Alexander Wang ‘Rockie Dumbo’ metallic textured-leather tote

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi top

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi top

A garment with a bit of shine is a subtle way of getting the lamé look as well.

Céline resort 2014

Céline resort 2014

Classic shaped dresses, whether in solids or patterns are always a good buy.  You’ll be seeing suede all over stores soon, like this Céline dress, with snakeskin accessories.

Proenza Schouler dress

Proenza Schouler dress

Reed Krakoff resort 2014

Reed Krakoff resort 2014

Suede’s relative leather never looked better this season either, used in unexpected ways!

Reed Krakoff leather-paneled sweater

Reed Krakoff leather-paneled sweater

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