9 Colorful Vacation Pieces You Can Layer Up in Right Now
Insert predictable whining over cold weather here. Insert hot tears of envy over photos — probably staged, but still — of models frolicking on Tahitian beaches. Insert chilly fingertips that can't type as fast as they can in mid-July.
Insert longing for all things floral and chiffon. Insert a bit of online shopping. Insert the realization that beachy, flowing, striped things need not be regulated to summer months, but can in fact — when paired with tights and some serious layering skills — be worn right now.
A bright tunic
Sure, you’d ideally be pairing it with bare legs and a trip to the sunny vineyards of southern Italy, but there’s no reason you can’t layer it under a chunky scarf and winter coat, its bright colors peaking through like a dream of summer.
Tolani Sasha Tunic Red Floral, $152, largodrive.com
A beachy dress
Snow or no snow, this dress is bright and slouchy enough to conjure up nights spend plucking the ukelele around a sandy bonfire.
Paul & Joe Sister Shirt Dress in Bunny Print, $287.04, asos.com
What would us Northern girls do without Breton stripes, the fail-proof way to convey warm days on the Seine without actually being anywhere near Paris in Spring?
Mouchette Blue Coast Breton Stripe Tee, $29, urbanoutfitters.com
They do exactly the same job as dark, wintery glasses, but with approximately 75 percent more Hope for Springtime.
Ray-Ban Aviators, $195, jcrew.com
Crazy, flowy pants
Voluminous pants in wild prints will always convey just a smidgen of Floridian Grandmother, and in the dead of winter, that’s just fine.
Ark & Co. Snake Print Soft Pant, $69, piperlime.gap.com
A chiffon maxi skirt
Maxi skirts look just as breezy with ankle boots instead of sandals — plus, you can wear as many pairs of woolen tights as you want underneath, and no one will ever know.
Chiffon Maxi Skirt, $34, etsy.com
Super light jeans
You’re wearing jeans anyway, so why not give those sad dark ones a break? Life’s blue enough right now.
Harlow Moto Jeans in Canal, $188, piperlime.gap.com
A tropical maxi dress
Everything about this look screams warm weather — until you pair it with a fur coat and loads of bangles, like an eccentric movie star whose just flown from L.A. to NYC and can’t be bothered to change.
Erin Floral Print Maxi Dress, $264, piperlime.gap.com
A desert-inspired sweater
It was meant for cool desert nights drinking wine coolers by the Grand Canyon, but it’s perfect for Netflix marathons by your half-broken radiator, too.
Billabong Anabelle Flyaway Cardigan Sweater, $79.50, buckle.com