Dress Shopping in Hawaii

Reminder: Today is the last day to get 40% off everything at Talbots. I purchased several shorts and pants yesterday, so it’s a great time to check out their sale. You’ll find the sale here: 40% off Sale. Don’t forget to use the code Friends40 to get the discount.

I almost never shop for clothes while I’m on vacation but this trip was the exception. I visited Whaler’s Village and went a wee bit crazy! They have a Tommy Bahama shop there and WOW, do they have some cute, cute stuff. I’ve shopped in the TB that’s about 30 minutes from my home, but I guess I never visited during the summer. I loved everything I saw there!

I ended up buying three dresses. I found all the TB dresses to be generously cut. I’ve never tried on their dresses and thought I would need a Medium, but their Petite/Small was perfect. The dresses aren’t too short either like so many dresses are these days. These were a nice length and hit about an inch or so above the knee on me. For reference, I’m around 5’4″ tall.

This was one of the three dresses I purchased in Tommy Bahama. It is gorgeous in person! I have really come to realize over the past year how much I adore shades of aqua blue.

Tommy Bahama Floral Linen Dress


Here’s how it looks on the model online. Such a beautiful dress! It’s still available here: Floral Dress.

I’m sure the model is quite tall because this dress is definitely a bit longer on me.

Tommy Bahama Floral Dress


If you’ve been reading BNOTP for very long, you know I love blue and white everything! So this dress had to come back home with me.

Tommy Bahama Dress, Blue and White


Here’s how it looks on. You’ll find it available here: Blue & White Dress.

Blue & White Linen Dress, Tommy Bahama


This was the third dress I purchased. I just love the soft blue color. It’s wrinkled in this photo from being packed away in my suitcase.


You’ll find it available here in several colors: Blue Linen Dress. I saw several more dresses online that I love so I think TB is going to become a favorite place for shopping.

If you’re in need of a summer Maxi dress for a vacation or just for wearing every day, they have some beautiful ones here: Maxi Dresses.


2 Maxi Dresses

I can never find maxi dresses that I like, so I was thrilled when I stopped into Blue Ginger at Whaler’s Village and found two! This was the dress I wore to the Luau held here at the resort. The picture online at Blue Ginger HERE does not do it justice. It’s so much prettier on! It has a long slit up the front and back, and one up each side, so it flows beautifully as you walk. It’s also flattering on. I found it to be generously cut and took a size Small in this style.


It has the cutest little frog buttons up the front. They are decorative, you don’t have to unbutton them to wear it. Great dress if you’re in need of a flattering, flowing maxi dress!


I also purchased this dress while shopping in Blue Ginger. I think it was on sale if I’m remembering correctly. I couldn’t find it online but it may be available online in their store. The fit isn’t quite as flattering as the dress above, but still a cute dress.


I’m headed back home today. Metamorphosis Monday will probably go up a bit late since I’ll be flying all night via 2 different flights and will be pretty tired by the time I get home, not to mention the time difference. But I’ll get it up as quickly as I can on Monday. Thanks for your patience as I change several times zones again.

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all who are celebrating it this day!

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  1. All your dresses are beautiful. Normally my favorite fabrics are always solids and I love anything linen. The soft blue linen dress is perfect, but surprisingly my favorite is the blue and white dress with the blue band around the bottom. That is just gorgeous! I enjoyed all your vacation photos and looking forward to more.

  2. Lovely dress choices! They all look cool and comfortable. Safe travels!

  3. If your experience is like mine, your woven linen dress will always be wrinkled. I love the way linen absorbs color, but I’m not fond of the way it wrinkles all the time. Slowly, I bought many linen items, and slowly I’ve been getting rid of them. Linen knit is another story. Okay in the wrinkle department and still great in the dye absorption department.

    • I don’t mind the wrinkles that happen while wearing linen. That’s how you know it’s real linen…the wrinkles. I’m not a fan of knits. That’s why it has taken me so long to buy a maxi dress, all the ones I kept finding were knits or knit combos. I hate the way it feels and don’t like how it clings to you. It just doesn’t keep you cool the way real linen does.
      I follow Alexander Kraft (the CEO of Sotheby’s in France) on Instagram. He has incredible style! He epitomizes the word “dapper.” I can always tell when he’s wearing his linen pants, they are nicely wrinkled across the front from where he’s been sitting.
      Many years ago (my son was in high school, that’s how long ago it was) I was purchasing two beautiful linen skirts with matching jackets from Talbots. As I was checking out, I remarked that I knew they would wrinkle…the labels said, “Irish Linen.” The sales associate said that’s how you know it’s good linen–the finer the linen, the more it wrinkles. So I wear my linen wrinkles with pride now. lol I still have both suits today and they are still very much in style, although I don’t have the occasion to wear them a lot anymore. I still love them, can never get rid of them.

  4. Sometimes I buy clothes on vacation and find them out of place after I get home, but all your dresses are timeless. Love the maxi. I will miss your vacation too!

    • Thanks, Mia! I think they’ll work well for our hot Georgia summers. The weather has been super humid here, felt like I was at home!

  5. Donna Zoltanski says

    Pretty blues! They look so fresh and cool. Love Your style! I enjoyed picture vacationing with you!

  6. Beautiful dresses I love the prints. Travel safely.

  7. Dawne Marie says

    Love all the dresses! I own a Tommy Bahama dress, love it. I also love linen. I have quite a few linen pieces. I iron it with Mary Ellen’s lavender sizing to “crisp” it up. So happy you’re headed home and safe! Sleep in, get your body clock regulated.

    • Love that idea! I think I have some sizing at home but if I don’t I will look for that brand! I don’t think I’ve planned my departure very well, I’ll be flying all night long. Ugh

  8. Cyndi Raines says

    Very pretty dresses. Safe travels home Susan, hope you can catch some good zzzz’s on the plane home. Eager to see more beautiful pictures.

  9. Aren’t you glad you went ? Love the dresses. I am liking prints more now that I am retired and don’t need suits. Safe travels. Sleep in. You know we will wait.

  10. The dresses are beautiful!! I’m glad you had a good time in Maui. It certainly is a wonderful place to visit.

    Safe travels home…

  11. Whoa…jack pot!!! What darling frocks…I totally luv them!!! Miss those “trade winds” about now….97 degrees with humidity to match. Summer time and the livin is easy, fish are jumpn here at the lake…franki

  12. Welcome back home Susan. Love your selection of dresses! Re the front buttons on the floral Maxi dress; they are actually called Chinese Knot Frog Buttons. They can be made out of cording or fabric with the latter being more of a challenge to create and usually do have some type of a co-ordinated loop closure. (Just thought I’d share that with you.)
    So glad that you had a wonderful time. -Brenda-

  13. Beautiful dresses Susan. I too love the blue and white. I am 5ft 2 inches and mercy, if I don’t buy from petite section then I am hemming! Like, what should look capri’s on me looks like ankle pants. LOL! Love the dresses. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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