Trina's Style Takeaways

21st century fashion is about individuality and developing your personal style.
Pick a style and make it your own.  Have more than one fashion persona.  Dress for your likes, wants and body type. Dictated trends, hemline lengths or silhouettes are over. 



As a hostess of home parties...
I like the idea of a "hostess dress" and to me that means long. So a caftan or longer length dress is definitely in the running unless it's (remove extra space!) a more formal affair. I gravitate toward an easy, unstructured silhouette so that I can run around and do whatever you need to do as the hostess.



How can I determine the best swimsuit cut for my figure?

Figure out your body type and choose a silhouette to flatter it best. A knowledgeable sales associate can be your biggest asset in the search for the perfect suit. For a smaller bustline, a padded style, ruffles or horizontal stripes will add volume up top. Also, triangle bikini tops really look best on smaller busted women. If you’re busty, choose support with a halter than has a band under the bust and a wider strap that ties behind your neck, a one piece with a v neckline, or an underwire. To minimize your booty, sometimes a lower rise cut or rings on the sides gives the illusion of smaller hips. Another trick is to wear a darker color bottom with a lighter color top—dark always minimizes. If you really want hip coverage, go for a sash bottom or a boy short. And to completely distract from your hips, go for a one piece with a plunge v neck.



What is the biggest swimsuit faux pas you see men and women make?

Avoid buying too tight—if elastic is digging in it makes you look bigger.



What tips can you offer women who are self-conscious about bearing their legs and arms during the summer months?

With pieces like printed maxi dresses and the black and white zazzy zebra printed tunic top, women can enjoy the collection and ease and sophistication of summer with pieces most flattering to their silhouette. Bringing in a fun printed maxi dress or lightweight blouse in bright colors or a graphic print allows you to celebrate the ease and sophistication of summer with pieces most flattering to your silhouette. The three-quarter sleeve Wren blouse in the Pisces print and the black and white zazzy zebra printed tunic top are done in lightweight fabrics that work well in the heat of summer.



Interview regarding: Trina’s 8 Tips to Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit Transcript:
1) Figure out your body type and choose a silhouette to flatter it best. A knowledgeable sales associate can be your biggest asset in the search for the perfect suit. For a smaller bustline, a padded style, ruffles or horizontal stripes will add volume up top. Also, triangle bikini tops really look best on smaller busted women. If you’re busty, choose support with a halter than has a band under the bust and a wider strap that ties behind your neck, a one piece with a v neckline, or an underwire. To minimize your booty, sometimes a lower rise cut or rings on the sides gives the illusion of smaller hips. Avoid buying too tight—if elastic is digging in it makes you look bigger.Another trick is to wear a darker color bottom with a lighter color top—dark always minimizes. If you really want hip coverage, go for a sash bottom or a boy short. And to completely distract from your hips, go for a one piece with a plunge v neck.
2) The most important thing is to be comfortable --Whether it’s more coverage or less, feeling comfortable will ensure your confidence while bearing your bod!
3) Pick a quality suit with fabric that will support you. If the fabric feels thin in the dressing room, beware of it bagging out in the water.
4) Take the time to try a variety of styles and sizes, and try things that might not appeal to you on first glance. Swimwear shapes and prints can surprise you--sometimes the thing that doesn’t seem like it’s “you” ends up being flattering.
5) Color! The right color suit can make all the difference. Try a variety of colors and see what looks best with your skin tone. This season it’s easy to choose colorover basic black---there are so many gorgeous colors and prints available. Don’t be afraid of taupes, browns and othertawny neutrals—they can be super chic!
6) Skip coordinating jewelry and pick a suit with unique and striking hardware. Trina Turk swimwear often features hardware with cabochon stones or organic, textured shapes.
7) Don’t forget the cover up! Cover ups are a staple for every trip to the beach or tropical destination. Throw it on after a sunning session and head in for a bite to eat. I donned my Turks & Caicos tunic on a recent trip. It travels with ease and instantly flatters any silhouette, and can be worn as a dress with heels for a poolside party.

 

-What are your packing essentials? Do you pack light or tend to over-pack? 

I tend to pack light.  I like to stay away from checking bags whenever possible!

  • An armload of bracelets—mix new/vintage/fancy/ethnic/color/texture/pattern
  • Anything in Orange or bright Coral
  • Metallic Sandals
  • Sunglasses—a colored pair, a nerdy/classic pair, and a cateye!
  • Neutrogena spf 45 Sunscreen with helioplex
  • Printed everything!

5 Travel Tips from Trina Turk

 

  1. Pack light - Don’t worry about having a completely new look for every day, but rather find a few basics that you love and then mix in some fun colorful and printed pieces. I always pack way too many shoes… so after you’re done packing, remove 3 pairs of shoes!

 

  1. Instagram your journey - My husband Jonathan loves to take pictures and it is wonderful to remember your vacation through instant images.

 

  1. Be prepared - I always travel to warm destinations with a large sun hat,  sunglasses, and Neutrogena spf 45 Sunscreen with helioplex. Getting a sunburn on the first day of vacation can ruin the whole trip! 

 

  1. Be creative - Pack statement pieces that are appropriate for multiple occasions. The Trina Turk Fontaine jersey dress in paprika works as a swim cover up or a dress and always bring a few statement jewelry pieces like our coral & gem necklace, disc toggle pendant and riviera cuff to mix-up your travel looks without over-filling your suitcase.

 

  1. Pack for the season - As I am getting ready for my trip to Kauai to the St. Regis Princeville Resort my travel essentials include: Metallic sandals for summer, white shorts like the Trina Turk vineyard shorts and printed everything!

What are your favorite sources for pattern inspiration? (Favorite designers, places, etc?)

I turn to the same sources for inspiration--architecture, vintage clothing, travel destinations, really it could be just about anything... we've based collections on an artist's work, e.g. Sonia Delaunay, Hitchcock films, eccentric Britain, gyp-setters, Rio.

 

 

  • Many of your looks just beg to be packed in a suitcase and taken on holiday. Are you often inspired by different destinations when designing?

 

My husband, Jonathan and I enjoy traveling and I am always inspired by the art, architecture, culture and colors of new places.  Last year we chose Turkey as our vacation destination for its combination of culture, textile shopping and seaside relaxation. (The fact that the city of Istanbul is split between Europe and Asia is intriguing enough, but vague memories from college art history classes, the lure of the Grand Bazaar, and photos of the Aegean coast sealed the deal.) On our way to Turkey, we made a quick stop in Capri. The warm sandy beaches of the Aegean, the blues of the crystalline water and the rocky terrain of the Mediterranean can be seen in our Spring delivery aptly titled “Mediterraneo”.

 

  • What's on your summer agenda?

We’re still trying to decide where to go for vacation this year.  Some of our top picks are Tangier, Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Allende or a trip including architectural residences that I’d love to see in person:  Fallingwater, The Gropius House, Manitoba—Russell Wright’s home, The Glass House, The Farnsworth House, Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard’s Miller House. 

 

  • Where was the last place you visited?

 

In a recent collaboration, we created an exclusive swimwear print for Grace Bay Club in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The project wasdubbed “Trina Turks & Caicos”—cute, right?  With our swim project complete,Grace Bay Club graciously invited me down for anextended weekend.  The view from the planewas incredible—meandering white sand beachesand ombre turquoise waters.

 

  • What are some of your go-to pieces when traveling?

 

My advice is to always pack light! Don’t worry about having a completely new look for every day, but rather find a few basics that you love and then mix in some fun colorful and printed pieces. This summer, I am packing the Amet Shirt in Sari Pink which can be dressed up with a blazer or dressed down with a pair of shorts.

 

  • What else do you pack in your carry-on?

 

I always travel with a few statement jewelry pieces like our coral & gem necklace, disc toggle pendant and riviera cuff. These pieces are a great way to mix-up your travel looks without over-filling your suitcase.

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