Megan
Hayes

The Practical Shopper

Tatiana
Hambro

The Impulse Buyer

Megan Says

I am practical. For me, fashion is no longer a casual fling. I now find great relief in a long-term relationship with the perfect cigarette pant, rather than a season of bliss sporting the latest top. With Resort upon us, you must be thinking I am taking the shopping season off. After all, it’s earned a reputation as the season of the fabulous vacation wardrobe. However, it happens to be as practical as the women (like me) who have learned to love it for its variety. Since I love to create lists, let me share with you how I put together mine for this season.

Tatiana Says

I’ll admit it, some of the clothes hanging in my wardrobe still have tags. I didn't forget to return them, I just haven’t gotten around to wearing them yet. That’s because I’m not a *practical shopper. I don’t necessarily buy what I need. But, let’s be honest, who does?*

MEGAN VS TATIANA

Megan Says

The beauty of Resort is that it offers a sartorial vacation from those gloomy wool pieces that have, by November, already lost their appeal. However, it’s really just a tease. If you’re living in the Northern hemisphere like me, warm weather is still months away. What you really need is a new coat. Though it may surprise you, Resort is filled with plenty of outerwear options—in vibrant colors and fresh prints that leave you actually looking forward to putting them on each day.

Tatiana Says

Fashion exists because clothes allow us to dream and dreaming makes life better. And Resort, without doubt, is the dreamiest season of all. Cruise, as it was originally known, was created for fabulous women living the fabulous life, providing them with a new offering of high summer pieces right in the middle of November—perfectly timed to coincide with their annual dose of 'winter sun'.

Megan Says

You’ll need a knit update and another pair of boots, too. I’ve had my eyes on Ellery’s red ones since trunkshow—like I said, “days of considering.”

Tatiana Says

It’s the ideal season to buy frivolous, wildly optimistic, utterly amazing, joyful, celebratory pieces. Raffia basket bags (particularly cute and dinky-sized at Dolce), outlandish ruffle gingham (thank you, MSGM) Palm Spring-worthy prints, exotic swimwear and lots and lots of conversation-starter, carefree accessories. That most of them barely fit more than a lipstick and some cash is beside the point. It's not about functionality; it’s about fun.

Megan Says

The holiday party season starts early November, meaning by the time December rolls around your cocktail wardrobe is old news (blame social media, not me). And though uniform dressing is in, that does not apply to your evenings. Designers are already way ahead of you and have been injecting “holiday” pieces into their Resort collections for a while now. You can’t get more festive than Dolce & Gabbana’s sequined dress. And I’ve fallen for fashion’s slide obsession—a chic choice for evening.

Tatiana Says

Looking through the new Resort arrivals on Moda, a bra top from Rosie Assoulin catches my eye. 1. It’s a bra top (a big trend for next season) 2. It’s crochet (which is meticulously hand-done, by the way) and 3. It has these dainty pompoms hanging from the hem. I can already see myself wearing it: There’s a drink in my hand and I have a tan. I’m dancing beneath a palm tree somewhere, the pompoms are bouncing rhythmically in time with the music; it’s night time and I’ve never looked or felt happier before in my life and… add to cart. *Cha-Ching.*

Megan Says

I tend to leave the “away wardrobe” to other women and save my spring dress shopping for the actual Spring season. However, Resort happens to be the time to shop for swim—a little-know fact I recently discovered (it’s the largest delivery meaning it has the best selection!)

Tatiana Says

Impulse purchase, sure. But always worth it, because these types of pieces are guaranteed mood-lifters. It's not about how many times you wear your new Marco de Vincenzo electric blue fringe mules, it's about how happy they make you feel when you do wear them. Plus, Resort pieces always pick up the most compliments.

Megan Says

All in all, my strategy is simple. Everything has a purpose. I select colors and prints that feel appropriate to the winter season (cue dark florals and classic prints like a polka dot). I also look for pieces I can wear now into March, like Brock’s brocade dress—I’ll layer it over a turtleneck and pair it with tall brown leather boots until it’s warm enough to show more skin. And since that feels so far off, it’s those colored coats that will keep me happy until then.

Tatiana Says

And for those who derive sartorial satisfaction from the cost-per-wear rule? Find a way to wear it without booking a vacation. Try your bra top over a shirt. Slip turtlenecks beneath off-the-shoulder tops, slide diaphanous dresses over jeans, repurpose Lenny Niemeyer’s maillot as a chic kimono top...There are countless ways to wear Resort. Which is exactly why you should indulge in the fantasy, cut the tags off and live the dream, regardless of whether you're going away.