Christmas in the Tropics — Dreaming of the Perfect Holiday Getaway

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Albert Camus once wrote that “in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” And as the rain pours down outside my window two days before Christmas, I certainly agree that I’m dreaming of a sunny vacation. For those of you that make it a family tradition to Christmas in, say the Bahamas, I convey my deepest jealousy. Meanwhile stateside in D.C., I’ll continue to fantasize about that perfect tropical getaway (to perhaps the Four Seasons in Nevis), with the following imaginary packaging list.

The Airport Outfit
So your bags are packed and you’re ready to go. Simplicity, and a good pair of flats, are the keys to the perfect airport outfit.

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From top: Paige Denim – Los Feliz pant, Madewell – Slub Longsleeve Crewneck Tee, Humble Chic – Globetrotter Scarf and Jeffrey Campbell – Vionnet in Black flat.

Travel Companions
There are only a few more accessories needed for your trip: a great wheelie bag you can spot in any lineup, and a chic pair of headphones to play all the Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes to your heart’s content.

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Left to right: Herschel – Navy Window Pane Campaign Luggage and Friends with Benefits – ‘Layla’ headphones.

Take Me to the Beach
You’ve landed and are ready to soak up the rays. An immediate wardrobe change to sandals and swimsuit is in order, while contemplating how Santa will find you without a chimney.

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From left to right: Palm Beach Sandals – Classic Cork/Gold, La Blanca – Caged Strap One Piece Swimsuit (check out the back on this one!) and L.L.Bean – Crescent Beach Sun Hat.

The Christmas Eve Dinner
Now you’re rested and tan (!), it’s time for a feast of the fishes in paradise. What do you wear? You’re at the beach, so a maxi (remember those from summer?) and a low heel sounds about right. I’m also really digging these trident-like earrings for an unexpected edge.

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From left to right: Show Me Your Mumu – Kendall Maxi Dress, Jeffrey Campbell – Des Moines Sandal and Luv AJ – The Barbell Earjacket.

Christmas Morning
As you gather around the holiday palm trees and you share gifts, and perhaps mimosas, you’ll add a dash of whimsy with a caftan and some oversize sunglasses.

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From left to right: Conde Nast – On Duty Beach Towel, Lilly Pulitzer – Sydney Caftan Dress and Native Eyewear – Perazzo.

So no matter whether you’re in a tropical paradise or spending time at home, here’s to a happy holiday and fantastic new year!

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