I Only Packed Black-Owned Fashion Brands For A Weekend Getaway

I Only Packed Black-Owned Fashion Brands For A Weekend Getaway

Here are the Black designers you need to know for your next poolside vacation.


As this year swiftly comes to an end, there's no doubt that we are all deserving of an escape to a destination far away from the confinements of our homes. As I've been laying low since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I began to feel a severe case of cabin fever and yearned for a major dose of rest and rejuvenation.

Lazily laying poolside during the day leading to a night of dressing up in my evening's best for dinnertime soirees, a weekend in Palms Springs was the picture-perfect destination. Although I've vacationed in this desert hot spot several times before, I wanted this particular trip to be much different. I decided to wear clothing created and designed by Black women as I felt it was necessary to relish in Black excellence in every way possible. As I was honored to wear these Black-owned fashion brands during the entirety of my stay, I felt a sense of pride and confidence as each item was thoughtfully handcrafted and skillfully made for women, by women.

Here are 5 must-have black-owned fashion brands to purchase for your next poolside vacation.

Hanifa Collection

Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

Created for limitless women, The Hanifa Collection is complete with timeless pieces including eye-catching designs ranging in women's sizes 0-20. This boldly colored resort wrap skirt is absolutely essential for your next poolside vacation. With luxe hip-hugging ruched fabric, the wrapped design is ultra-flattering to a woman's natural shape, complementing all the right places. Worn as a swim cover-up or as a fully styled ready-to-wear ensemble, as I chose to do on this particular night, I felt sexy, classy, and confident in this summer-inspired nighttime ensemble.

Jesse Queen

Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

The Jesse Queen Collection offers stylish designs for tall women to dress because of their height, not in spite of it, with class and confidence. This super chic net tie-dye dress is all I've ever dreamt of in a swimwear cover-up and more. With a plunging back and perfect swirl of colors, I can attest to feeling sexy and poised when worn over my two-piece Riot Swim bikini.

Burgundy Bay

Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

Burgundy Bay is a collection of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories with a range of styles to fit the fashion-forward woman. This ruffle crop top was a great addition to this trip due to the cool and lightweight fabric ideal for the extremely warm weather. I paired this top with these chocolate-colored Riot Swim bikini bottoms along with my straw bucket hat and tortoiseshell sunnies for a bit of fashion flair while prancing around the pool.

Smash Shoes

Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

As a woman standing at 5'10'' and wearing size 12 shoes, footwear companies with a wide range of attractive styles in larger sizes are almost impossible to come by. Smash Shoes offers on-trend styles ranging in women's sizes 10-14, so of course, I had to bring these square toe mules along for the weekend's festivities. Super comfortable due to the elastic band hugging my foot in place along with its single-toe feature makes this blazing neon orange block heel a true gem.

Riot Swim

Shahirah Ahmed for xoNecole

Riot Swim is an ultra-luxe swimwear brand constructed with high-cut silhouettes complimenting a woman's natural shape no matter her size. With boldly pigmented and super soft fabric, this brand offers styles not only fitting for the pool but also doubling as pieces paired with everyday outfits. As I usually struggle with finding perfectly-fitting bathing suits, this is the best one-piece I have ever worn.

Join our xoTribe, an exclusive community dedicated to YOU and your stories and all things xoNecole. Be a part of a growing community of women from all over the world who come together to uplift, inspire, and inform each other on all things related to the glow up.

Featured image by Shahirah Ahmed.

Your October 2022 Horoscopes Are All About Finding Flow & Alignment

October is a month of balance. With some energy moving direct and some energy moving retrograde, there is a middle ground to find this month between what is unfolding and what you are letting go. The month begins with Mercury officially moving out of retrograde and going direct in Virgo. Mercury this month is cleaning house and sprucing things up after the somewhat tyrant energy it’s brought over the past few weeks. Now that Mercury is direct, there is less interruption when it comes to daily flow and plans, and this is a good month to start setting things into motion.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
The Myth Of The Sex Drive & How Libido Changes From Your 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s

No one prepared me for how horny I would be in my late 30s. All the elders in my life prepared me for random chin hairs, weight gain, and menopause but no one said a mumbling word about my sex drive. Something happens the closer you get to forty. I went from wanting sex here and there to wanting it all the damn time. Is there a support group for this? I can’t be the only one who has the sex drive of the Energizer Bunny. Upon my research to figure out why I felt like a cat in heat, I discovered several theories surrounding women and our sex drives–including one that says the concept of having a sex drive is a myth altogether.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive: Da’Vinchi On Protecting His Peace & Why He Prioritizes Mindset Over Looks In Dating

Da’Vinchi has appeared in many television series such as All American and Grown-ish but it was his role in BMF as Terry Flenory that helped propel his career forward. Since starring in BMF, he made his Broadway debut with Thoughts of a Colored Man and is currently shooting an undisclosed movie in Vancouver. The 26-year-old actor is beginning to see the fruits of his labor and so it’s hard to imagine that he almost went in a different direction. Da’Vinchi spoke with xoNecole’s Dana Blair for our xoMan series about acting, being a sapiosexual, and protecting his peace.

Keep reading...Show less
Black woman with an afro and tube top laughing

If you have been on social media for any significant amount of time this year you may have come across women saying that they are in their “villain era.” For these women, being a villain means embracing the negativity and judgment from others that comes when you say “no” to people, and living your life unapologetically. For them, being a villain means letting the chips fall where they may when you no longer allow other people’s ideas about you to restrict you from living the life that you want and deserve.

Keep reading...Show less
Niecy Nash Says Her Relationship With Jessica Betts Is The First Time She Has Felt 'Fully Seen'

When Niecy Nash-Betts announced she was married to musician Jessica Betts, many people were surprised. The Emmy-nominated actress has a history of dating only men and was even married twice prior to meeting her wife. However, Niecy has become an example of the saying “love is love” and she and Jessica have been open about their relationship ever since.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts