Whether you’ve booked a flight to St. Barts, reserved a town car to whisk you to the beautiful vineyards of Napa, or plan on sitting pretty snuggled against the fire pit at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe, we feel you: we’re ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and start our summer vacation, too. No matter where one is headed, the question at the back of our minds is the same — what should I wear? Since summer travel is supposed to be uncomplicated, relaxed, and stress-free, we decided to consult an expert. Here San Francisco’s super stylist, Mary Gonsalves Kinney, shares her chicest and easiest go-to looks for bidding adieu. Don’t hesitate to contact her to help you curate and fine tune these fabulous ensembles.
The private jet waiting to transport you to the Caribbean? Scurry to collect your DeAnna Gibbons’ navy fedora and perfect circle Karen Walker bag in tangerine. Raquel Allegra’s gray cotton tiedye jumpsuit (available at Curve SF) most definitely fits the bill for a warm weather landing at Gustaf III. Layer with San Francisco’s Love Designs by Alina leather and baroque pearl necklaces and a spectacular pair of Giambattista Valli slides in white with metal chain link trim and you’re ready to roll from the plane to cocktails.
Off to a celebrity summer hot spot in the South of France? Nothing says French fashion like Chanel, so call up owners Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser from What Goes Around Comes Around for their latest, one of a kind, and painfully reminiscent Chanel couture. A 1960s Chanel sweater set with feather appliqué is worth every single penny. Don’t stop there, the selection of handbags, accessories and boucle jackets will make you weep! Pair your find with Diane Von Furstenberg’s floral pink Amana coat (available at Saks San Francisco) and distressed Frame Denim (at Barneys San Francisco). Looking for a heeled gladiator? Never fear, Gianvito Rossi has the perfect pair in suede. If you really want to imbibe the French spirit, wear Celine Robert’s amazing fascinator in white. De Rien.
If Lake Tahoe is your voyage du jour, throw on some Current Elliott boyfriend cutoffs, a bad ass Gucci belt, and a Bon Mot top from San Francisco designer Rebecca Rauth. It gets cold early in the morning and into the evening, so layer with Kit and Ace’s (3108 Fillmore Street) blanket wrap in charcoal. It is as cozy as a cashmere blanket and as chic as ever belted and tucked tight at the waist. Who says a girl can’t wear kitten heels in Tahoe? Put on your prettiest black leather d’orsay Manolos — it is the Ritz, after all. To complete the look, pile your décolletage with Charlene Court’s bamboo choker and some gold, dainty necklaces, bold colored pendants and long lariats from Gallery of Jewels on Fillmore Street.
Your black town car has arrived, ready to chauffeur to Scribe winery in Sonoma. Nothing but picnic tables, delectable cheese and cracker plates, and a tasting of wine from unparalleled bottlings. This is not a moment to forget fashion responsibilities! Lock things down with a beautiful, light blue Goen.J ruffle dress (available at Barneys) and Mother of Pearl’s Lola slip on sandals (at Elizabeth Charles boutique) in burgundy stripe – the hautest sandal to hit the market this summer. Dior’s now somewhat classic reverse-pearl-and-gold earring stud is elegant and edgy: the perfect combination for this sweet dress.