glass hues, tangerines and lime greens to dot the beaches and parks this
"Sea glass is the color of broken bottles at the sea -- kind of a pale
blue, pale green, pale turquoises," she said.
Berry said much of Gary's Island's women's wear will include colorful
solids -- even some knitwear that they didn't have a year ago -- that
accent their traditional tropical prints.
"Our emphasis has always been on the best prints, but we are bringing
in more solid pieces that would work into everyday wear," the buyer said.
Men's fashion colors will match women's this summer as bright and
crisp is in -- because they enhance tans the best -- as is subtlety.
Along with the button-down aloha shirts are more solids and even plaids,
done in everything from silk to cotton.
"We're trying to give our customers other options," Berry said.
Men's swimsuits will also follow the bright-color trend, but prints
are calming down.
"Really, the light colors are in," said Nicole Nard, floor supervisor
at Tommy Bahamas. "Oranges and reds -- a lot of guys like to go a little
more brave with the swim trunks."
Women's swimsuits are also more subtle, print-wise, as the majority of
Tommy's beach gear involves a single print -- like a single flower
running through an entire suit, orchids and bamboo leaves.
But their colors are surprisingly dark, including dark brown and dark
blue (although lime green is also popular).
The ruling shape is what Nard calls a tank-tini -- a two-piece suit
with a tank top instead of the traditional bikini top.
And to cover up, before and after a swim, is the current favorite
"We carry the sarong -- we always do -- but the matching pants are
sheer and they have a print in them. . . . They tie in the front, and
they're really cute. We've been doing well with those," Nard said.
What about the kids? Well, not to relegate them to followers instead
of leaders, but they'll likely match the rest of the family's look.
"Believe it or not, a lot of families come in wanting to match the
whole family," Berry said. "Again, just bright, whimsical fun."