16 Essentials to Pack for a Warm-weather Winter Escape
It’s easy to master the art of seaside dressing in the summer, when the stores are stocked with stylish bathing suits and cute cover-ups. But by the time winter rolls around and we’re in desperate need of a warm-weather escape, the pickings can be slim, leaving us no option but to pack last summer’s stretched-out bikini and sandy beach bag.
In the interest of looking beachy-chic no matter the season, we’ve compiled a list of sun-ready styles and beauty picks you can shop right now. From trendy sunglasses to statement-making sandals, here are 16 must-have winter getaway essentials.
Zimmermann Wayfarer Ring High Pant Bikini
Any swimsuit of ours has to be fashionable enough to be worn at the sceniest pool party while being functional enough to endure the most high-octane water sport. This floral-patterned bikini checks both boxes.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $275
Lack of Color Straw Boater
This lightweight straw boater from Australian label Lack of Color is the ultimate seaside accessory.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $130
Pippa Small Burmese Peridot Eye Ring
British jewelry designer Pippa Small uses ethically sourced precious stones and metals to create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces that empower local artisans. This hand-crafted ring — with a central peridot stone said to promote “positive vibrations” — would pair beautifully with a white sundress or bohemian bikini.
To buy: pippasmall.com, $2,800
Dragon Diffusion Basket Big Woven Leather Tote in Blue-Green
Each Dragon Diffusion bag is constructed using traditional basket-weaving techniques and can take up to four days to complete. We’re eyeing this forest-green leather option, which has a sturdy construction that’s durable enough to hold a book, sunscreen, and your other seaside staples, and can be worn on your shoulder or in your hand.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $432
Joanna Vargas Glow to Go Mask Set
Your winter skin woes are no match for these radiance-boosting skin masks, which are formulated with skin-perfecting ingredients like hyaluronic acid for moisture, cabbage rose extract for circulation, and fruit stem cell extract for collagen production. Slap one on before or during your tropical getaway from maximum glow.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, five for $75
Innika Choo Pi Fürlunche Milk Sailor Wrap Dress
Flouncy and feminine, this voile wrap dress can be worn on or off the shoulders for an flirty day-to-night look. We love the peplum shape and embroidered details.
To buy: innikachoo.com, $225
Chan Luu Gold-Plated Multi-Stone Necklace
Mismatched stones and a delicate gold-plated silver chain lend casual elegance to this Chan Luu piece.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $185
Ouai Treatment Masque
We’ve long been obsessed with celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s Ouai line, which smells like a dream (rose, bergamot, and lychee) and transforms dull, parched hair into silky tresses. Our favorite product in the range, the restorative Treatment Masque, is more travel-friendly than ever now that it’s been released in tube form (as opposed to individual sachets). This is a must for offsetting the moisture-starving effects of sun, chlorine, and saltwater.
To buy: theouai.com, $32
Mr. Leight Ichi S in Rose Gold-Moonstone
There are so many things we love about this aviator-style frame from cool-kid optical brand Mr. Leight — and the rose-colored lenses are just one of them. Inspired by the patterns of traditional Kumiko wood screens and the geometric designs of Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, the sunnies have perforated titanium rims with decorative details, polarized glass lenses, and acetate inserts.
To buy: mrleight.com, $695
Dôen Antoinette Dress
We want everything from dreamy California brand Dôen’s new Spring collection, but this ethereal, vintage-inspired dress, in particular, has sunset cocktails written all over it.
To buy: shopdoen.com, $398
The Lazy Poet Pajama Set
Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum Pour Femme
A reimagining of the original Pour Femme scent, this exotic fragrance leads with the citrus of Mandora — a fruit found on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus — followed by warming notes of of bergamot, pink pepper, and patchouli. If you’ve got a sultry night planned, this is your spritz.
To buy: ulta.com, $122
Zimmermann Leather Espadrille Platform Sandals
If we had to pack only one pair of shoes for our next tropical vacay, we’d reach for this Zimmermann sandal. The espadrille platform and strappy leather lace-up style makes it equal turns comfortable and sexy.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $495
Revive Intensité Complete
Is this anti-aging serum expensive? Yes. But we’re not kidding when we say it’s one of the most plumping, line-erasing products in our arsenal. And if you’re someone who loves to sunbathe, this is a must for keeping sun spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging at bay.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $485
Aish Sultan Slip Dress
This breezy dress slips on easily, making it a perfect beach-to-street style. It also has just the right amount of polish, thanks to gold and silver accents that were sourced from authentic saris.
To buy: aishlife.com, $330
Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Blanc Shimmering Rose Gold Body Oil
Show off your tan with thus luxurious rose gold body oil, which conditions skin with jojoba and olive oil while depositing a delicious luminosity.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $100