LaceAs I mentioned above, I’m all about Self-Portrait and Alexis. Sadly, the dresses take up way too much room in carry-on luggage, so I had to stick with silk. Portofino is a lace-lovers’ dream come true. Whether it’s white, black, baby blue, yellow or orange, lace is everywhere…and reminds me of Self-Portrait, but for less. Oh, did I mention LePrix has a huge selection of SP dresses, skirts and tops?
LinenLinen is EVERYWHERE. It’s super lightweight and breezy, but have you ever owned linen? Talk about wrinkles! There’s a shop here called 100% Capri that has the most amazing linen dresses, tops, jumpsuits, and more. They have models parading around the waterfront restaurants in their impeccable designs and I’m obsessed, but holy crap $895 for a white ruffled top that’ll NEVER look that good on me? Nope.
PompomsColorful, fluffy and full of fun—pompoms can be found on top of shoes and hats, and dangling from dresses, handbags, tops and Sesame Street characters.
Wicker bagsYou know what they say…candy is dandy, but wicker is quicker! Oh wait, that’s liquor. I might’ve had too many Aperol Spritzes. Wicker bags are lightweight and lovely with a beachy feel. Pairs perfectly with another Aperol Spritz. And maybe a Negroni.
Kaftans & CoverupsYou can’t roll up to a posh beach bar in a thong bikini, so it’s imperative you have a fancy, fashionable coverup or kaftan that perfectly reflects your beachy style. Semi-sheer designs with rainbows, animal prints and pompoms took the wind out of my sails.
EspadrillesNo surprise here, espadrilles are the sneakers of Portofino and Santa Margarita. Nothing says laid-back, yacht style more than these casual kicks (or wedges) that are trimmed with natural jute and topped off with breathable canvas or cotton fabric.
Whenever I think of floppy hats, my mind flashes back to Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny from the Block” days. P.S. How amazing does she look? She’s ageless! There’s something about those straw hats with the oversized brim that say more J.Lo than Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz) and they definitely scream Portofino style.
Round sunglassesPaging John Lennon. Round and reflective is the name of the game. It’s pretty cool though because you can take some sweet pics with your iPhone when you focus on the lenses. Strawberry Fields forever! My Linda Farrow sunnies are mirrored, but cat’s eye style…I got some cool shots!
Embellished sandalsIf you’d like your feet to be the center of attention (no thanks, mine are scary), then slip them into a pair of bejeweled sandals. It’s not quite Cinderella, but they definitely take casual style up a notch with a little bling.
Summer knitsBe cool and think Missoni. Lots of knits...and many with metallic threads too! I spy a big metallic thread trend. LePrix for all your Italian Riviera inspiration.