Recent sweltering, sunny days at the beach with my gal pals has me seeing palm trees. I’m not hallucinating – there are no palm trees in Chicago – but this season’s striking tropical prints are on my mind. They’re bright, summery, and pack quite a punch. Sun, sand and surf are a cheap flight away, but I’d rather spend my money on these gems.
[Clockwise from top left]
Printed Trousers, $60 ZARA | Tropics Snapback Hat, $29 American Needle
Underwire Bikini Top & High-Waisted Bikini Bottom, $42 per piece Urban Outfitters
Palm Print Top, $15 H&M | Smocked Dress, $54 Kimchi Blue
H&M designer collaborations always have low-budget style fiends in fits when the collections are inevitably out of stock in mere minutes; we saw it with Lanvin in 2010 and again with Versace in 2011. The pieces are highly covetable and marvelously on trend. It only makes sense then that the designer whose influence permeates High Street fashion – hello! she invented the sneaker-wedge – teams up with the fast-fashion megastore next. I’m talking Isabel Marant, French designer extraordinaire. Celebrities and off-duty models love her urban-bohemian style that’s laden with embellishment and fit to flatter. It’s not even really summer yet, but I’m already raring for November when the collection will hit H&M. In the meantime one can only speculate what Marant might have in store. Assuming she delivers in her typical French-cool manner, I’ll be first in line.