‘Tis The Season

Ala shares her Resort packing tips and warm-weather essentials, which also make great gifts.

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As the Holidays approach, I begin to look forward to our annual family trip to Antigua, except I dread the packing even after decades of practice. It’s one of the reasons I’ve designed AvA pieces to travel well and seamlessly transition from day to night. Here are my top picks for an elegant, effortless escape.

Someone recently told me that our Elaine pants are 'the most comfortable pants ever.' They’re also washable and packable and universally flattering. I pair them with a sweater for long flights and with a blouse for island life.

I always wear a belt and love our new one, the Alice Belt, which I layer over our Ala Blouse or Kathe Dress.

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Our Ala Blouses are just so easy... The Blue Coral version has become a Resort staple.
Its print and lightweight georgette drape are perfect for tropical evenings.

The Gala Shawl is large enough to wear as a sarong or draped over a dress, making it the ideal accessory. I just have to decide which of our two new prints — Tulum or Nonsuch — to take...

Finally, our new Georgia Poncho in Nonsuch is an essential addition. It can be draped over a swimsuit, paired with pants or worn as part of our Signature Set in Nonsuch. An additional tip: Our ponchos make failproof gifts.