3 Cheers for Tiers

Are you hooked on “Downton Abbey” like I am? I love the style, grandeur and intrigue of the PBS drama, and now that the Crawley family has entered the 1920s, I also love the clothes. Lady Mary Crawley has embraced the shorter hair and flirty style of the flapper era, when ladies tossed away their corsets and donned dresses that moved when they walked and showed off a little leg.

A popular actress of the ‘20s, Louise Brooks – known for her bob and her bangs -- often wore dresses with layers of satin, all the better to bounce while she did the Charleston.

I’m reminded of Lady Mary and Louise when I wear my tiered tankini tops from Anthony’s swimwear collection.

The tankinis from the Caribbean Joe collection at Anthony’s are what women’s resort fashion is all about. My “Aria layered bandini top” is strapless with several floral tiers of fabric. I pair this top with a Caribbean Joe swim skirt, and I feel as flirty as Lady Mary at a debutante ball. Tiers are very flattering on my figure, because they move away from the body and cover what I like to cover. They move when I walk, too.

I’ve actually worn my tankini swimsuit top with a pair of palazzo pants for cocktails by the pool – it’s that versatile.

Anthony’s women’s fashion store features tankinis with tiers in many styles – some strapless and some with straps.

Now you can go to anthonysfla.com and order as many swim separates as you want – it’s simple! I love the convenience of Anthony’s online shopping, because when I like something, I like to buy several pieces at a time. This way, I’m always ready to pack an overnight bag and take off on a fun Florida travel adventure.

Love to time-travel back to the 1920s?

Val’s tip of the week: 

Take a tour of the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club. Addison Mizner’s mid-1920s masterpiece has evolved over the decades, but it’s still as colorful and fascinating as a flapper’s costume. On the second and fourth Tuesday through May at 2 p.m., the Boca Raton Historical Society leads a tour through the historic grand hotel. It’s $15 per person. Go to tours@bocahistory.org for more information.

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