If you’re planning a winter escape to a warm, southern destination (do you think you could you leave some extra room in your luggage to smuggle me?!), there will undoubtedly be some ‘to-dos’ to wipe off your list before you can sip your first Mai Tai and say “La Isla Bonita”.
Most likely you’ll try to shed a few turkey pounds, give yourself a nice faux sunny glow and — the best part — shop for new island-friendly attire. And just in time for your week of pure hedonism comes the new spring collection from Ell & Cee.
Shot by photographer Annie Bundfuss with leggy blonde Farah Holt modeling the airy and sheer styles, Ell & Cee’s spring offerings are the perfect double-duty pieces to bring on vacation.
Two must-haves from the 2011 collection to toss into your luggage are flowing, sheer maxi dresses; one a sultry black, the other featuring a watercolor print, and both with a jewel-encrusted neckline perfect for dinner under the stars.
Other knockouts are a sheer-white Grecian-esque cover-up with sexy leg-slits, or playful romper with pompom arm-hole detail. Both pieces will look undeniably chic against the azure-blue sea and your bronze tan, as you lay under a cabana.
While preserving similar styles from Ell & Cee’s F/W collection, like a ruffled polka-dot and lace bodysuit, many of the new styles within the spring range are pieces that you could take from the boudoir to the beach. For us urbanites, the watercolor-print maxi could also make an appearance at the new IT spot for lunch or an afternoon of retail therapy.
Visit ellandcee.com to locate your nearest stockist or online retailer.
Oh, and even if you’re not headed down south this winter, check out the image gallery below for a little mental escape!