Summer hasn’t yet officially begun, but the Memorial Day kickoff here in Atlantic City had us thinking one thing: vacation style.

In the age of Instagram, trends in fashion receive unprecedented momentum based on what our favorite celebrities are wearing. With 15 million-plus followers, models, celebrities, and social influencers like Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner serve us some stellar looks on the ‘gram that everyday fashionistas want to emulate in real life, as they enjoy their jet-setting travel adventures.

While we don’t always have the luxury of a celebrity budget for resort wear (or their luxurious escapes), we can draw inspiration from their swoon-worthy Instagram posts. For many of us residing at the Jersey Shore, there is always an element of endless summer year round, so whether you are planning a vacation or opting for a staycation, these fashion trends inspired by celebs will keep you well-dressed this summer.

Accessorize with hats and necklaces

June is Pride Month, and what better way to show your support of love and equality than these cute love-inspired accessories with a rainbow by Tai?

A well-structured woven hat is a must-have for summer, and a splash of neon — one of the hot color trends of the season — adds eye-catching detail, like these Hat Attack styles at Briana. The company is a family-owned company, based in New York.

Tai accessories are also available at Briana in Central Square in Linwood. Call for current prices.

Underwire bathing suits

With ‘90s fashion inspiring many of today’s hottest trends, including those spotted on our favorite celebrities, the underwire top, specifically in swimwear is popping up on social media style icons like Olivia Culpo as they jetset to fabulous luxury travel destinations across the globe. The underwire top offers a retro-inspired vibe, especially paired with a high-waisted bottom. While we often see our favorite stars rock splurge-worthy designer duds, even if they are just taking a dip in the pool in them, similar styles are available at a variety of stores at prices that won’t break the bank — leaving you extra money to put into that South of France vacation fund.

Pac Sun

Pac Sun, Mays Landing (Hamilton Mall) | Kaohs Mia Bikini Top $96

Crochet dresses

Crochet is a style we are seeing a lot this season on our favorite boldface names. A crochet dress, if well-taken care of, will never go out of style as the old-world technique is timeless with hand-crafted, intricate detail that is completely eye-catching when you enter a room. I have several crochet dresses that I have had for years — one purchased at a large store chain retailer over 10 years ago; another purchased on a beautiful trip to the Amalfi Coast three years ago; and a third from the store All Saints that I style often as a beach cover up.

As the saying goes, if you live at the beach, you’re forever on vacation. A crochet ensemble will never go out of style and can be worn through the early fall.

E&J Crochet

Elizabeth & James Hand-Crochet Dress | Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia (Philadelphia area) | $297

Shield shades

One of the hottest deejay talents at the shore — Pauly D — who signed on for an official residency at The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort for two more years, rocks the ultimate shades every time he brings the heat to Atlantic City. Shades, particularly the reflective shield, are part of the top deejay’s signature look.

These shield shades by Versace, available at Sunglass Hut (Macy’s, Mays Landing) are similar to Pauly’s signature look. $295

Chanel pool slides

Supermodel (and member of America’s first reality show family, the KarJenners) Kendall Jenner was spotted trading in her flip-flops for Chanel pool slides on a recent trip to Cannes, a trade-up proposition for summer shoe game. These clear slide-ons, stamped with the iconic fashion house’s double C logo are definitely a splurge purchase, but will keep your freshly pedicured feet well-heeled.


This style is hard to snag, but you can find several sites offering pre-owned, gently used designer duds like Tradesy — running price $1,000.