By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
It’s the gray, wet, chilly time of year when Pacific Northwesterners start dreaming about sun on their faces and sand between their toes.
As you plan your getaway to that Hawaiian resort or Mexican villa, pick up a few new warm-weather pieces to spark your excitement and have you looking great from airport to cabana.
Make a statement in a sophisticated swimsuit, such as the floral-print Seafolly Summer Garden Boyleg Maillot ($148 at anthropologie.com). The style features a ruched torso and boy-short bottoms, making it one of the most flattering suits under the sun.
For a swim look that’s a little bit sportier, opt for Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Fabulous Top ($54.50–$56.50) and Neoprene Itsy Bottom ($20.50, both at victoriassecret.com), colorblocked in jet stream blue and iced kiwi.
Pack a cover-up that can go from the beach to dinner, such as Tommy Bahama’s Floral Medallion Oversized Tunic ($94), with a graphic floral print and exotic-looking tassels. Wear the lightweight V-neck piece with white pants for a classic resort ensemble.
Look casual and cool for lunching or lounging in the Xhilaration High Low Pom Pom Trim Top ($20 at Target), which comes in three playful prints in a breezy boxy cut.
Transition from the plane straight to the beach in a pair of cozy yet chic track pants such as J.Crew’s Skinny Trouser Sweatpants ($69.50). Pair them with sneakers for sightseeing, or dress them up for beachside drinks with a silky tank and strappy sandals.
Grab some trendy shades at a price point that won’t have you worrying over them. Forever 21’s Mod Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($5.80) are a modern take on a retro look in chic dark taupe.
Pack like a pro with a carry-on that can also go to the beach or shopping district. The Baggu X UO Basket Weave Tote Bag ($198 at Urban Outfitters) comes in soft leather in summery ivory, and is big enough to carry your e-reader, sunscreen and water bottle with room to spare.
Store your smaller essentials, such as lip balm and misting spray, in the Process Colors Zipper Pouch ($36 at Moorea Seal, Belltown). The colorful hand-painted cosmetic bag can also double as a clutch for an evening out.
Invest in a sandal that’s high on style and function, such as the Joie Ravenna Flat Sandal ($195 at Nordstrom). The color will extend the leg line and the ankle strap will ensure you don’t lose a shoe in the sand.
Take advantage of the comfort afforded by the continuing popularity of slip-on sandals. From plane to pool, a pair of slides such as the Birkenstock Florida Sandal ($100 at Nordstrom) will keep you relaxed and stress-free.
Pack light with solid-colored swim trunks that can double as shorts. Try the Tommy Bahama Naples Happy Go Cargo 6” Swim Trunks ($65) paired with a lightweight cotton T-shirt for lunch or a stroll around town.
For dinner, opt for a pair of casual slacks and a lightweight button-down, such as J.Crew’s Slim Irish Linen Shirt in Solid ($79.50), which comes in white or navy.
From plane to pool, nothing beats an easy slip-on sneaker such as the Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers in Textured Suede ($70 at J.Crew). The shoes are comfortable enough for sightseeing, and the suede detailing means you can also wear them to dinner.