TREND ALERT: BRING OUT THE TROPICAL PRINTS

Buenos Dias Squeezers! The happiest of Sundays to you all! The Buccios are cruise bound on Celebrity Cruises with the familia and we are SO excited for family time, piña coladas, and explorations on land and sea. Honestly, I’m just really excited to read the three books I downloaded on my kindle (I’ll share those with you soon) because I’m jonesing for a good literary distraction. 
I didn’t want to leave on our trip without posting the next of our trend forecast series: Tropical Prints! It goes without saying that the first sign of spring and summer starts at the first sight of tropical prints for us fashionistas! I don’t know about you, but I get super excited the moment I see a palm print or some hibiscus print staring at me from the rack. It means spring and summer are a-comin! 
This dress is extra special because it was an unexpected gift from my friend, Becky, from South Carolina. She actually wore this dress to our friend, Maureen’s, rehearsal dinner, and it looked fabulous on her and I wanted it so badly! Little did I know, it would be mine a few months later. 

The dress is from ASOS and I love the material. It is a little neoprene, and a little stretch in all the right places. I love the way it gathers at the front and it becomes this one shoulder stunner with just the right amount of peek-a-boo skin showing at the midriff. I can’t forget to mention the full skirt that just comes to life because of those bold green palm leaves all over the dress. They just pop! 
This is what I love about tropical prints because they instantly change your mood. They’re the happy pills of fashion. Ha! Whether in a dress, a handbag, or a top, bring out the prints! Another way to sport your love of tropical print/palm print? Swimwear! There are LOTS of great options for both one pieces and two pieces. Whether it’s Target or Ralph Lauren, you can find some gorgeous tropical print suits at every price point. I know that if you look through my bathing suit drawer, you’ll find at least five suits with a vibrant and colorful tropical print on them! I just can’t get enough. 
As I type of this post, I’m currently wearing tropical print pants with an off the shoulder white top (you’ll see it on my stories today), and you better believe there are more tropical prints in my suitcase that I’ll be wearing on the cruise. I have everything from a tropical print blouse to my favorite banana leaf pants ready to go! What I love about these prints is that you can mix and match with so many pieces. Don’t feel like they’re one time use pieces- that’s a misconception. Pair them with solid tee, floral prints, even stripes. If you’re feeling daring, go head to toe in tropical print. Yes, this is a thing! 

Next up- accessories! Don’t be afraid to accessorize. It’s a great way (and an easy way) to express yourself and to show a little more of your personality. Lately I’ve been into sunglasses, like these exaggerated white shades from Zero UV. They’re over the top and I love that. I also added a straw fedora- a staple for the season. I brought out my pineapple bag, which I know you guys loved, and added a fab pair of Chiffino nude platform wedges to complete the look. Here’s a bonus about this dress (or tropical prints in general)- you can wear it with some cute sandals, wedges, or heels. Your options are limitless! 
I teamed up with my gal, Lauren (@laurelcreative), and we headed to the MiMo district, an architecturally iconic neighborhood in Miami, to snap this dress in it’s natural element! The architecture is so unique, that any spot could have been the perfect backdrop. We chose a few of the motels along Biscayne Blvd because they just went so well with the dress! Wouldn’t you agree? 
What’s your favorite way to wear tropical print? 

In Style, 
Kat