Whether you’re planning a vacation to an exotic, far away island or skipping town to take a quick day-trip to the beach, imagine yourself in any of Karl Lagerfeld‘s pieces for Chanel’s 2012 Resort Collection.  Undoubtedly cool and eternally chic, Chanel always provides us with yet another effortless, luxurious dose of class. 

In this resort collection Lagerfeld branched out in many different avenues of colors and prints that are wearable for most any modern day woman on holiday.  Pastel yellows, blues and pinks reinforced strong silhouettes which seemed to flatter virtually all body types.  Monochromatic black and white pieces reintroduced an inventive approach to swimwear and activewear with an end result that was  intriguing to say the very least.

And, thanks to this collection, I have a newfound appreciation for playing with shape within my own summer wardrobe.  Leave it to Chanel to pair a bold one-piece bathing suit with a signature tweed blazer to throw in a little unexpected contrast and a bit of surprise. 

While you may not have a boudoir packed full of Chanel, a handful of these looks can be easily replicated at home. Chanel Resort 2012 is definitely my main style inspiration for this summer, and I’m already daydreaming about the one-way vacation to paradise I’m gonna be taking (outfitted completely in these clothes) starting… now.

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