A former school district administrator with a passion for vintage fashion, Julie Wheat became a full-time designer shortly after landing a job at the Art Institute in 2010. Since then she’s taken her retro-inspired line, Cavortress, nationwide, participating in events like Miami Swim, New Orleans Fashion Week, Style X in Austin, and Viva Las Vegas Weekender Rockabilly Fashion Show.

Specializing in body-conscious swimwear and fun-in-the-sun casualwear, Wheat designs many of her own fabrics. Her 2012 collection includes some of her signature bombshell suits along with bolder anchor-print teeny bikinis and flowing pleated cover-ups that can easily transition from the beach to the bar.



Find Cavortress swimwear online at cavortress.com and on the rack at Hampden Clothing, House of Sage, and Monkee’s of Daniel Island


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Lumete Eyewear can be purchased at Berlin’s or lumete.com