How To Wear Hawaiian-Inspired Hibiscus Prints Without Channeling Tommy Bahama

June 30, 2011 by Charlotte Steinway
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Christian Dior Spring 2011: Hate to say it, but John Galliano has always been pretty good at  trend forecasting.

Last summer, I took a gamble on a hibiscus-printed mini swing dress from a thrift store (granted, I didn’t have much to lose—it cost me no more than $8). And while I felt a little American tourist-y in it the first few times I wore it, I eventually learned to love it—primarily because it became the most complimented item in my closet. I can honestly say that every time I wear it, someone makes a comment about it (which is rare living in a city where no one comments on anything). Maybe it reminds them of their favorite island vacation. That, or their affinity for piña coladas.

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