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Resort Trends by Black Betty Design.

What began as a fashion trend for socialites and society’s upper-crust has been further amplified by binge-worthy shows like The Resort and White Lotus. Resort wear is now a year-round style that includes daywear that evokes island destinations and idyllic beach settings. Light colours, linen pieces, summer dresses, breathable fabrics and a generally loose, flowing fit sums up the ethos elevating resort wear far beyond the humble swimsuit cover-up.

Jewellery designer Kristin Weixelbaumer from Black Betty says that whether it’s elegant or exotic, the key to mastering a resort wear look is the accessories. “Resort wear is all about layering of beautiful gold shades on the neck to show off your golden tan, stacking interesting rings on your fingers and opting for an elegant hoop in the ear.”

Black Betty secured a collaboration with retail giant Poetry in 2022 which saw the creation of a jewellery range designed specifically to compliment resort wear. “Our new collection, inspired by coral formations and island living, is called Atoll. We focused the range on paying homage to oceanic beauty through a few distinctive, standout pieces that elevate any outfit.”

Through her experience in creating the range, Weixelbaumer takes us through a few resort wear style pointers:

1. New neutrals Neutral colours feature prominently in resort wear keeping the style light and airy while focusing on striking details to modernize them for the season. To obtain a casual look that is perfect for on-the-go, choose an item that is loose fitting, made of a natural fabric with crochet and eyelet detail. Linen is also a favourite. 2. Cut-outs Soft-falling cut-outs are high on the list when it comes to resort wear fashion. There’s no better way to showcase a deep-golden tan and a recent stylish getaway than a subtly exposed midriff, décolletage, back or shoulder.

3. Drawstrings The influence of this resort wear style shouldn't be understated. Drawstring accents add ruched textured detailing or alternatively draw attention to intriguing forms and cut-outs.

4. Maxi’s are back The maxi dress is back, albeit with a little less volume than in past seasons. In a variety of colours, textures and versions that you can toss over a bikini or wear to dinner will be a 2023 escape necessity.

5. Bucket hats This season, bucket hats are still a crucial piece of vacation attire. Choose a striking colour, print or texture or opt for natural fibres and airy materials like crochet, cotton, or linen.

Editor’s note: Below are some lovely suggestions of pieces from the Atoll collection that complement each style note (LINK to images)

  • New neutrals

Black Betty x Poetry Flowing Seaweed Stud Earrings – a delicate option for everyday wear.


Black Betty x Poetry Asymmetrical Coral Studs – For cut-out details to match your outerwear trends.


Black Betty x Poetry Finned Pearl Drop earrings – Offers subtle texture and organic shape.

Maxi’s are back

Black Betty x Poetry Spiral Seaweed Hoop Earrings – A standout piece of jewellery for maximum impact.

Bucket hats

Black Betty x Poetry collection also offers single Pearl and Blue Topaz charms – Add these to your hoops for a more customised look and a hint of colour and femininity.

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