Beach-Worthy Dresses for an Out-of-Town Jaunt

Hitting the sun and surf this month? Try this relaxed resortwear on for size

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a tropical isle this month, whip your wardrobe into shape with something from Pua, a line of beach-worthy dresses, skirts and tops by Ballard’s Shala Sullivan Daniel, owner of former Queen Anne boutique La Femme.

Pua means “flower” and “child” in Hawaiian—a perfect name for the self-described flower child, who attributes her inspiration to the islands of Hawaii “from the patterns that the waves make in the sand to the color of a bird.” Daniel, who  spends several weeks a year in the Aloha State, uses organic cotton and soft bamboo jersey in bright colors for her flowing, easy clothing. “The designs came from a need to have something comfortable to wear to the beach that I could slip off easily and tuck away while surfing.”

We think her dresses, especially the diaphanous Kahi crinkle dress, $72, are the perfect option to don from beach to bar wherever (or whenever) the sun is shining. Pua clothing ranges from $38 to $172 for a sundress and is available at


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