I read somewhere that planning a trip produces the same chemical reactions in our brains as actually going on vacation, making it nearly just as exciting as the real thing. I have a few destinations in mind for quick jaunts in the near future (if anyone feels like bringing a beauty blogger with them to the Caribbean, just let me know), but my real ideal spot isn't a physical location, it's a phenomenon: Spring. I’m over the snow; I’m over the bad shoes; I’m over the sweaters that I was so desperate to wear last August. If you’re supposed to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, why not dress for the weather you want instead of the ungodly climate that has been thrust upon us here in NYC? And what better way to celebrate the (hopefully) soon-to-be season than by embracing the flowers that help usher it into being? It’s time to get some flora on your fauna, and the retail gods agree.
1. Isabel Marant Étoile Renee Floral Midi Dress: Perhaps more appealing than snowless streets, dining alfresco, and daylight that lasts well into the evening is the possibility of soon being able to wear a sundress. The oversized white flowers against the dark linen of this one in particular (paired with fishnets, Dr. Martens, and maybe a jean jacket at night) is a more modern take on what once was your go-to ‘90s dELiA*s ensemble.
2. Marni Floral-Print Gauze Pencil Skirt: I’m trying to embrace what Lacey taught us a few weeks ago, and really appreciate my natural form. While bandage dresses won't happen any time soon, this cartoon-ish Hawaiian pencil skirt is begging for me to grab a crop top (cropped black sweater, for the time being, white tank come May) and show off what all my gym hours have been working toward.
3. Givenchy Floral-Print Double-Buckle Sandal: OK, let’s be honest—this is a Birkenstock in Givenchy clothing. But doesn’t that just make you want it more?
4. Peter Pilotto for Target Floral-Print Canvas Sneakers: If you’re feeling the Jeff Spicoli-inspired footwear and can’t quite justify nearly $800 on shoes, Peter Pilotto’s take on Vans are for you. But click fast: his collaboration is flying of the shelves, both real and virtual.
5. J.Crew Cotton Pocket Square: The Man Repeller herself, Ms. Leandra Medine, and hair-styling hottie James Pecis were both sporting delicate fashion scarves (more for style, less for warmth) this NYFW. This one might be meant for a dandy's jacket pocket, but I’m thinking it works just as well tied elegantly around your neck.