Thankfully, my husband and I are headed to the Caribbean in a few days. But as I started to make my infamous "packing list" (yes, I really make a list. and yes, it is typed and printed out. whatever...), I realized that while I was super excited to go somewhere warm and wear my cute summer clothes again, I kind of felt funny packing mini-dresses and teeny-tiny rompers. I did feel ok about packing summer maxi dresses (don't worry, they are -- of course -- super bare up top or backless). I don't know if this is because my tan finally faded and I'm not ready to bust out my pale skin the first night in the tropics, or if because I finally got into a it-really-is-actually-winter-outside mode and anything super short and bare just feels weird right now.
In either case, I was inspired to find some fabulous maxi dresses that would work in NYC now with substantial platform stilettos and a cropped fur to "winterize" them, or completely on their own for vacation! My favorite so far in my search is this floral print one from Thakoon Addition. Yes, the base of the print is white, but it has so much vibrant color layered over it that the whole thing is perfectly acceptable throughout winter (besides, I completely don't believe in the whole no-white-after-Labor-Day thing...for me, it's about the whole look, the fabrics, etc...). Add in a ton of warm yellow or rose gold jewelry -- bangles, shoulder-duster earrings and a cocktail ring -- and you're good to go to New Year's Eve or to a tropical island.
Of course, my preference would be New Year's Eve on the tropical island. But hey, that's just me.