|sandals||–||Charming Charlie (c/o, similar)|
|earrings||–||Charming Charlie (similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Sunset Cruise)|
When I began planning my outfits for our trip to Hawaii, I started by poking around Pinterest for inspiration. I quickly stumbled upon this pin and immediately knew I had to replicate it. I had no idea this would end up being an enormous style challenge.
My struggles began almost instantly. What on earth do you call an outfit like this? Is it a two piece dress? A high-waisted maxi skirt with a crop top? I’ve seen other women wearing this type of ensemble–a split-at-the-waist skirt-and-top set–but I still have no idea what the proper term for it is. I dispensed with the idea of buying the skirt and top together and scoured the internet for a tropical print maxi skirt and white crop top. You’d be amazed at how hard this was to find. Nobody seemed to be selling a skirt like this. I finally landed on Amazon, who seems to sell everything, and ordered this skirt and slew of crop tops. The skirt was unspeakably bad–cheap, flimsy, and too short. The crop tops weren’t much better. They were all entirely see-through. Who, other than porn stars, wears an entirely see-through white crop? It all went back.
I was about to give up on the outfit entirely when I randomly stumbled upon Stylecamp on Etsy. They sell exactly this type of outfit in an array of colors. I purchased the white crop top and crossed my fingers. Given that they’re in England, the top wouldn’t arrive until days before our trip. Mercifully, it fit beautifully and it’s made out of nice thick knit that’s totally opaque. I’m utterly sold on their garments. In the near future I’d like to order a full matching set of theirs, probably in bright pink, though I’m also considering navy.
The skirt I unearthed after more scouring on Amazon. Unlike the first, this one is a nice sturdy material that sits nicely at my natural waist. It really is a crap shoot with Amazon Fashion. I try to stick to ordering items that have free returns to mitigate the duds.
Given the open midriff in this outfit I decided to keep the jewelry a bit more on the toned-down, classy side, and went with these dainty earrings, a thin bracelet, and a minimal gold ring from Gorjana. The clutch was a gift from my mother-in-law several years ago–it’s made with real shell!
So where did I wear this getup, given that most of our trip was spent lounging poolside?
A luau, of course! I can’t wait to share the pictures with you (I even snapped one with the fire dancer!).
Keep your eyes peeled in the next week for my Travel Diary, which will have all the details.
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