Here's the problem: We all need to work, but we all want to get away.
Here's the solution: Fashion. She gets it. And this spring, she’s all about travel. The vibe is everywhere.
Vertical stripes stand at attention on architectural shirts, must-have gauchos, and interestingly tailored shirtwaist dresses.
Small florals are aflutter on ómbre-hued sheaths.
Trousers -- pleated, khaki, white linen, and frayed denim -- are all trending toward high-waisted and wide-legged in a great-for-vacay way. Silken full skirts are fashioned to blow in the rough-and-tumble (not to mention global-warming-triggered) winds.
For our nighttime pleasure, beaded gowns dazzle in muted pastels. Some are high-low. Others are floor-grazing. All are on deck and ready to dance.
“The modern girl is very busy,” said Amanda Hill, fashion spokeswoman for Bloomingdale’s in the King of Prussia and Willow Grove Park Malls. "She’s always on the move. She needs to get from Point A to Point B with things that can easily be packed up and shaken out.”
These easy-breezy looks are timeless, too. With each passing season, our personal styles are less inspired by the runways, and more by our own creativity (and our friends’ Pinterest posts). So designers, in an effort to figure out what we want, are throwing everything our way: 1920s mixed media, 1930s sophistication, 1970s hippie ease, 1980s voluminous shapes, and 1990s minimalism.
That makes 2017 both grounded and ethereal.
“Designers did their homework and came back with great shapes and colors,” said Joan Shepp, owner of the eponymous Center City boutique.
“This spring, the dressing is soft, but it’s also very strong and feminine, with solid hues in cool shapes.”
The social messaging is clear: Whether protesting or proselytizing, women are standing in their own power. And fashion reflects that.
That means ruffles are no longer tiny and unassuming; they're more like cascading waves coming ashore at the end of a bell sleeve.
Billowing sleeves and collarbone-exposing off-the-shoulder silhouettes announce confidence.
Even athletic-inspired pieces are getting a grown-up makeover. No longer just slouchy hoodies and pants, the athletic suit is going back to the days of its fitted glory, making it not just comfortable but versatile, too.
Pair the tracksuit with a T-shirt and platform tennis shoes. Or try a bralette -- leather or lace, it’s your choice -- and stilettos. Who knows? That casual ensemble may accompany you to a rooftop bar.
Or your cruise ship’s happy hour.
“The woman who travels a lot needs her clothes to do more,” Shepp said. “She wants to be able to take a basic look and accessorize it into her life. From season to season, that never changes.”
Not sure what you should add to last year’s warm-weather basics so this year's wardrobe looks trip-friendly and current?
Start by working solid pastels into your wardrobe: blush pink, sky blue, and maybe even mint green, Hill said. “Rose and blush tones are the new neutrals."
These tones are at their sweetest on pussy-bow blouses (they don’t appear to be going anywhere, ladies), maxi dresses, and above-the-knee frocks. All are easy to wear and chic.
Remember, Hill said, that floral prints are trending tiny.
And, she said, definitely invest in stripes.
The season’s must-have print is running the gamut this spring. Pinstripes are patchworked into what would be menswear-inspired button-down shirts, save for waist-grazing trapeze silhouettes or cold-shoulder details.
Candy stripes add fun and depth to spaghetti-strap tanks. I like them with cigarette pants or the wide-legged opposite.
And, finally, there are all the skinny, metallic-embroidered stripes. At first glance, you might think these are strictly for fall clothes. But on short-shorts with matching tops, the cozy look magically becomes cool for spring.
Special thanks to: The Moshulu for its hospitality and use of its newly renovated restaurant and deck. The deck, to open in May, will feature a daily happy hour and live entertainment. 401 South Columbus Blvd., 215-923-2500, www.moshulu.com.
Model: Sam Heddlesten, Wilhelmina Philadelphia
Stylist: Mark Barksdale
Clothing and Accessories
Bloomingdale’s, King of Prussia Mall, www.bloomingdales.com, 610-337-6300; Joan Shepp, 1811 Chestnut St., 215-735-2666, www.joanshepp.com; Lagos, www.lagos.com, 1735 Walnut St., 215-567-0770; Nicole Miller, the Hyatt at the Bellevue Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad St., 215-546-5007, www.nicolemiller.com; Ply, www.plyapparel.com.
Hair: Courtesy of Rachid Ait Belhaj, Instagram @rachidaitbelhaj Makeup: Courtesy of Christina Kelly, Instagram @xtinastyles7; The Salon at Duross & Langel, 117 S. 13th St., 215-592-7627cq, www.salon-durossandlangel.com