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January 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Sunny escape: Fight off the winter gloom with pieces perfect for spring dreaming

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By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market

It’s the time of the year when the dreary doldrums of winter send us Seasonal Affective Disordered Seattleites jet-setting for (or daydreaming about) sunny skies and sand between our toes.

Whether you’re off to Maui or Mazatlan — or just pining away for spring — here are some colorful items that’ll brighten your day.

NAVY & NAUTICAL

Feeling blue? Navy is a go-to color for spring, and is perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from winter to wow. Pair it with nautical-themed apparel for a fun way to look ahead to summer.

For women, consider the casually elegant J.Crew Colorblock Silk Tunic (on sale for $130), just right over jeans or a swimsuit. Or turn heads in the soft and stretchy Tommy Bahama Mare Rugby Stripe V-neck Maxi Dress ($98), with a plunging neckline and flattering drape.

Faded seams and rolled cuffs add a sea-weathered appeal to the Free People Nautical Rope Belted Cuffed Shorts ($88) for bigger girls, while the Love U Lots Cover-up Dress ($50, both at nordstrom.com) is playful and sweet for the smaller set.

For guys, go sporty and relaxed with the Old Navy Men’s Hooded Henley ($25) in a medium-weight ribbed jersey. Or don a classic prepster look, such as the boldly striped Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Short-Sleeve Multi-Striped Mesh Polo ($89.50 at macys.com).

SWIMWEAR

For a performance suit that will take you from laps at the pool to open water, check out the sporty-chic Nike Rio Geo Two Piece ($50 at Sylvia’s Swimwear, Bellevue).

Local swimwear designer Leah Lawrence of Drifting Arrows was born in Africa and raised in Seattle and Maui. Her Kure Bikini ($212) has a ruched V-wire bandeau top and a high-waisted bottom, while the deep-V Anonyme One-Piece ($213, both at driftingarrows.com) shows off your back, with adjustable straps that work for all torso lengths.

For men, the always-classic J.Crew 9″ Board Short in Seersucker ($69.50) looks sharp on the beach or poolside, while donning the Quiksilver OG Scalloped Board Shorts in Fluro Green ($49.50 at nordstrom.com) means you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

ACCESSORIES

Unique pieces with understated flair add glamour to both winter grays and cheery vacation clothes. Try the Lightweight Wool Gauze Shawl in Dahlia Print ($195 at Juniper, Madrona) by Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson, or the minimalist, asymmetrical White Space Confetti Studs in 14K Gold ($176 at craftandculture.com), handmade in Seattle by artist Khadijah Fulton.

The Baleen Raindrop Bangle 3-Pack Colors #2 ($36 at shopbaleen.com; Prism, Ballard; and Cairo, Capitol Hill) is also handmade locally, by a couple that split their time between Seattle and Maui. The bangles come in muted coastal colors of blue, green and gold.

IN THE BAG

Getting there is half the fun when your luggage carries the right attitude. Roll with the Delsey 21″ Helium Colours Hardside Carry On Spinner in neon brights ($200 at macys.com), or the Tumi Voyageur Super Leger International Carry-On in Jonathan Adler Blue Chevron ($445 at tumi.com and ebags.com).

The Eastlake Laptop Sleeve ($44 at NuBe Green, Capitol Hill), made out of reclaimed bicycle tubes by local company Alchemy Goods, keeps your computer safe from poolside splashes, and the sporty J.Fold Loungemaster Slim Wallet ($24 at Fab.com) has a snazzy perforated finish and multiple compartments. Keep your toiletries shipshape in a one-of-a-kind Blue Anchor Sea Bags Dopp Kit ($42 at NuBe Green), made of sturdy recycled boat sails with a rinse-able finish.

Finally, no trip would be complete without the sun essentials. Mosley Tribes Hagen Sunglasses — Silver/Chrome Sapphire Photochromic ($235 at SeattleSunglass.com) change color density with different light conditions, and Alba Green Tea SPF 30 Sunscreen ($9.35 at Target), with green tea antioxidants and aloe vera, just smells like vacation.

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