Have you caught the Dudley Stephens bug yet? I’ve been wearing them while at home regularly since I got my first piece last fall, but was so excited to pack my bag with their stylish fleece pieces for our recent trip to South America to share how to style them for a warm weather destination.
Dudley Stephens was first created by sisters Lauren and Kaki to address the need for something cute to wear on their family boat during summers in New England, when they’d spend the afternoon sailing the Long Island Sound then eventually moor in a nearby town for dinner. They wanted something that could keep up with their activities then still look elegant when they sat down at the dinner table after a day of fun out on the water. The perfect spring break packing essential if you ask me!
These photos are from a boating excursion on the Paraná River that separates Paraguay and Argentina during our stay with Awasi Iguazu. On our first afternoon in Argentina, we cruised up the river, then hiked half a mile to swim under a waterfall (pictured below). We’ve traveled with Awasi before and love how they really get their guests off the beaten track, often crafting experiences where you have the most beautiful wilderness all to yourself. After our swim I dried off with my Dudley Stephens boatneck, which is made of a lightweight terry fleece and works well in lieu of a towel, then wore the boatneck as a bathing suit coverup during our sunset cruise back to the docks. (The boatneck comes in a pretty array of spring pastels so there is one to match almost every bathing suit.) There are so many ways to wear this versatile piece on spring break: as a coverup, with white jeans, with shorts, or ever draped over my shoulders like a sweater when you want to have it on hand but it’s still a little too warm to put it on.
Back at the lodge, I brought this wrap to dinner in Awasi’s treehouse style restaurant, nestled in the rainforest canopy. Every dinner is a multi-course masterpiece and lasts 2 or more hours. Even in South America in the summer the evening air would cool off over the course of the meal and I’d reach for my wrap before dessert was served. I especially love the look of pairing this Carroll St. scoopneck top with the matching wrap, which has that “modern twinset” look that I love and always feels so pulled together. (The top and wrap come in lots of great neutrals like blush, navy and black.) These photos were taken at our last breakfast at Awasi before we left for the airport, and this combination for perfect for a day of travel back to Rio.
As I write, I’m in another fleece (the cobble hill turtleneck) on my way to SF from NYC, and cannot recommend Dudley Stephens more for air travel. I am always cold on planes, but these fleece tops seem to perfectly regulate my core temperature keeping me comfortable on long haul flights and the wrap is long enough to be a full body blanket that covers me from my shoulders to toes on the chilliest legs of my journey. They are so comfy but you still look pulled together while in transit, and heaven forbid you spill your coffee during turbulence – it’s easy to wipe stains away with water (or baby wipes!) Plus – the collection is sustainably made in Brooklyn from recycled yarn. What’s not to love!?
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