Outfit Ideas for Women's Resort Wear

Exotic brights will knock out the poolside competition.

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There's nothing quite like the draw of sun, sea, sand and style to get your heart going. Pedicures, healthy glow and parasol-topped drinks aside -- it's what you wear that really counts. So when you're looking for resort-ready chic, it's all about making your destination your personal catwalk. Throw off the dark hues of winter and celebrate with color, print, billowing fabrics and the effortless charm of those well-heeled frequenters of the South of France.

Go for Exotic Poolside Glamour

When you're reclining poolside, turn heads in a look steeped in as much glamour as practicality. It's all about introducing tropical cover-ups to wear over your killer swimwear. A flirty caftan or sarong in a bold print with lots of detail should be your first choice. Next choose sun protection with flair, like huge sunglasses and a large-brimmed straw hat. For your feet, choose embellished flat sandals or wedges for that added va va voom.

Explore in Relaxed Nautical Chic

When you're done sunbathing, it's time to check out the local sights. Now a resort's not a resort without a few luxury boats, so get inspired and create a fresh nautical-chic outfit to explore in. You will look effortlessly stylish, without losing out on comfort. So try tapered shorts (or loose-fitting pants if you're curvy) with a striped cotton top. Sass up the look with statement accessories -- a jaunty scarf, trilby and cute ballet flats.

Turn Up the Feminine Charm in a Pretty Sundress

If you're after a more feminine daytime look, for lunch or a shopping trip, pack your suitcase with sweet sundresses. Ladylike, fresh and easy-to-wear, a summer dress is quintessentially resort. Go for sweeter then cherry-pie retro prints and pastel hues, like gingham, stripes and polka-dots with prom-dress silhouettes. Show off your toes in open-toed espadrilles and make sure your purse is adorably chic, a picnic-like straw bag -- the finishing touch on your vintage-inspired outfit.

Sizzle the Night Away in Sensual Maxis

As the lights go low, so should your hemline -- and your neckline too (now you know it's all about showing off your assets). Dip into 1970s' style references with glamorous maxi dresses or jumpsuits. As Elle.com explains, it's all about strong silhouettes and naughty clothes, even at the height of sophistication. So keep your sex appeal high with vertiginous heels and glittering accessories, all topped off with a jewel-toned corsage in your hair.

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