By Amy O'Connor
Although spring officially starts March 20th, we New Yorkers know that cold temperatures often persist into April. If you’re fortunate enough to escape the wintry weather for a weekend at a sunny resort or to do some island hopping via cruise ship, there are a few items you’ll want to take along.
Whether you’re ready to push yourself in the pool or are looking forward to more leisurely poolside activities, Speedo has suits for you. I love Speedo’s Flyback Training Suit, a racing suit from the Endurance+ collection designed for high performance swimming but that, to my mind, is also sexy in its classic styling. Featuring heavy-duty flatlock stitching, 100% chlorine resistant fabric that retains its color 20 times longer and four-way stretch technology for a great fit, this suit feels, looks and performs great. Suits like the Mini Pleat Racer Back 1 Piece from Speedo’s Fitness and Active Recreation collection marry performance and special fit features such as a hydrofoam bra, core compression, and adjustable straps with chic styling. So be sure to pack your Speedo suit!
Available online at http://www.speedousa.com and at Paragon Sporting Goods, 867 Broadway (800) 961-3030
Don’t forget that it can be slippery poolside and germs can be transmitted from public shower tiles, so be sure to take a pair of flip flops with you. Havaianas makes the Rolls Royce of flip flops: the rubber sole is slightly higher at the heel than the toe for maximum comfort and style, the footbed and the outsole are textured for gripping, and they’re available in the nicest colors. Best of all, you have the option to make your own custom Havaianas. To get MYOH (Make Your Own Havianas) flip flops, simply choose which style of sandal you desire, then pick the color of the sole and the color of the straps and finally, choose to put up to four crystals and pins on the straps ( “diamonds”, enamel clovers, initials, and silver or gold stars are among the many pin options). Get a bright colored pair and a neutral pair to match your suits, and with custom colors, there’s no chance of mistaking them for someone else’s.
Available online at us.havaianas.com
I really appreciate a multi-purpose bag to hold swimwear, reading material, bottled water, flip flops and anything else I might take to the pool or the beach and have found a perfect one in the Pocket Rocket Tote from Scout. This brightly colored tote made from a stylish patterned polywoven material is water resistant, wipes clean and has a reinforced leatherette bottom as well as six side pockets to hold bottled water, wet suits and a myriad of other things. The main compartment has an inner zip pocket, a zipper closure and there are short straps and shoulder straps for carrying flexibility. The Pocket Rocket tote is a bag you’ll be able to use on your weekend getaway and every day when you return home.
Available online at http://www.jenniepstyle.com.