Inspired by spring fashion, we matched up the season’s coolest trends with dream destinations. Why? It’s about time — say good riddance to winter with a little retail therapy and hello to your next great escape. Here are five spots to hit and what to wear when you’re there.
Where to go: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
What to wear: Follow up a day of surf and sand action with sexy, handcrafted cocktails and catch-of-the-day sushi at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort’s Lobby Lounge in a chic, strapless Michael Kors cutout dress that shows off your killer tan. With elegant décor awash in earthy browns, brilliant yellows, tropical corals and auburns of sunset contrasting the sparkling blue Pacific, it’s the perfect backdrop for the dress — a sort of Mad–Men-on-vacation number that packs a graphic, floral nod to Hawaii.
Where to go: The Beverly Hills Hotel
What to wear: Whether you are a lady who lunches or a celeb flying under the radar, Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Beverly Hills Hotel (aka the Pink Palace) is the perfect place for Hollywood legends. From the signature wallpaper featuring green and white palm fronds to pink-upholstered chaises aligned poolside to suites dripping in pink, minty green, lavender and gold, there’s something richly optimistic about the hideaway that’s synonymous with dreams of fame. See it while sporting L.A.’s de rigueur accessory, sunglasses. Put on a pair of Oliver Peoples x Isabel Marant DARIA shades in rose gold with pink, and view it all through rose-tinted lenses.
Where to go: The Betsy Hotel
What to wear: With a gleaming white façade, black-and-white striped couches in the lobby, whitewashed beachfront decks and guest rooms decked out in immaculate bed linens, it’s apropos to step into the Four-Star boutique hotel in bold, milky-hued high heels. Spring’s it shoe, Alexander Wang’s clean-lined Masha double-strap slide sandal in peroxide, shows just the right amount of skin, evokes Miami’s Art Deco vibe and goes toe-to-toe with the sleek majesty of this 1930s architectural beauty.
Where to go: The Mark
What to wear: Recently renovated, this historic Four-Star New York City hotel is the definition of timeless. The lobby’s bold, predominantly black and white spaces take design cues from the best of all eras — the opulent textures of the ’30s in jewel-toned velvet upholstery, the graphic stripes and pop art of the ’60s, and the gilded glamour of the ’70s. Yet it all looks as fresh as the luxurious Avanel silk halter dress by Elizabeth and James in black and ivory, a big color story in the spring 2014 fashion runway shows. We love that it’s also little bit disco and a perfect transitional piece you can wear through the end of summer.
Where to go: The Ranch at Rock Creek
What to wear: With accommodations ranging from luxury suites to classic log homes to canvas cabins (including the spacious Trapper on the shores of Rock Creek), glamping is a modest description of what one does in the sweeping luxury of Montana’s Five-Star wilderness resort, which is situated on 6,600 acres of frontier. As if dropped into a Ralph Lauren ad, we picture ourselves clad in simple denim and rugged all-Americana à la Madewell’s Indigo Linen Ex-Boyfriend Shirt. It’s the perfect attire, whether you’re on a morning horseback ride or lounging on Navajo-inspired Pendleton blankets in a well-appointed log cabin.
Photos Courtesy of Todd Eberle, Oliver Peoples and Nordstrom