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The Look I Want Now: Tropic Thunder

The following is a guest post from our friends at Lucky.

This post was no doubt inspired by last week’s heat wave–well, that, and my longtime fantasy of visiting Havana, Cuba (but circa 1950–so glamorous!). Here’s what I’ll be roaming around the streets of New York in this summer, while pretending I’m far, far away smoking cigars (or maybe just holding one since they are so gross), drinking coconut water out of an actual coconut (not VitoCoco!), dancing to music playing on a jukebox and–last one, I promise–tucking a flower in my hair.

So I’m not entirely sure that this type of flower is indeed indigenous to Cuba, or anywhere else for that matter, but let’s pretend my dark, handsome lover picked it out for me and placed it in my overly treated, sun-kissed hair.

Flower clip

Chiffon flower clip, Tasha, $38,

The color combination and shape of this skirt vaguely remind me of the citrus fruit print one that Stella McCartney did this season–since I’m a writer and not a banker, I was searching high and low for an affordable yet equally chic option. (Side note: the Stella one is now on sale at Bergdorf Goodman for $863, if that price is cool with you).

Tropical skirt

Tropical print skirt, Vanessa Bruno, $273,

I don’t normally wear one-piece suits, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. This suit reminds me of something my grandmother wore in the ’80s–and I have one chic grandmother!

Tropic Thunder look

Tropical forest bandeau, Bergdorf Goodman, $178

Since a pool scene is pretty much my favorite thing ever, this tote always brings a huge smile to my face. And let’s be honest, the straw beach bag is a little played out by now, while this quirky-chic print certainly is not!

Tropical bag

Wish You Were Here tote, Kate Spade, $275,

Ever since accessories director Julia Kalachnikoff showed me her Judith Lieber pineapple evening bag I seem to have fruit-shaped accents on the mind. When the occasion doesn’t quite call for a crystal-studded pineapple clutch (as most do not) this cute charm necklace can take its place.

Pineapple necklace

Pineapple necklace, Kate Spade, $145,

Normally, the word tropical tends to evoke visions of bright color, but these black-and-white pants still capture the mood, plus they conjure the glamour of old movies. What do you wear when you want to pretend you’re closer to the equator?

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Wednesday 29th of June 2011

Love the Tropic Thunder look! My friend just got married and came back from her honeymoon in Hawaii ...


Wednesday 29th of June 2011

Tropic look is just amazing.


Tuesday 28th of June 2011

You should check out Paloma Vintage on Etsy. She has an amazing vintage 'tropic thunder' one piece suit. It's too small for me though. :o(


Tuesday 28th of June 2011

I love the pineapple necklace, it's super cute!! :)

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Tuesday 28th of June 2011

i love this tropic look! :)

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