Resort Wear 2011

2011 Resort Wear It's hard to think about short sleeves, blouses, and sundresses while there is still snow on the ground, but the latest designer Resort Wear lines are now available.

Resort Wear was originally marketed to people who were going to spend December and January traveling to warm, tropical climates. Now it is seen as a year-round look that is especially useful to those who live in sunny parts of the United States and abroad.

As we sit in DC wrapped in layers of clothes and wearing accessories like mittens and faux fur hats, it's nice to take a break and imagine sunshine and mild breezes. So, here's a peek at Resort Wear pieces that are in stores right now:

Black and White Diane von Furstenberg Dress

Dian von Furstenberg doing what she does best - the wrap. It's an easy, breezy garment that will still look fresh seasons from now.

Green and gray dress from Alice + Olivia

I love the bright green color on such a classic shape. It just says sunshine!

Black and orange Tory Burch Top

The simple cut of this top allows for the bold, layered pattern.

Black Michael Kors Dress

This sophisticated Little Black Dress can easily transition from day to night.

What do you think of this year's Resort Wear? What do you think of the concept of Resort Wear in general? Is it completely impractical, or something that is welcome after all that cold weather?