With the slowly warming temps starting to gain momentum, it’s hard to not get into a vacation-like frame of mind. But if I can’t be flanked by palm trees on a daily basis, then donning Rio de Janeiro–inspired, retro jungle prints will have to do instead. To pull off this tropical trend (without going full-on “tourist”), mix neutrals with smaller doses of the energetic print. Note: Umbrella drinks are optional, but highly recommended.

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A printed scarf is the simplest way to inject this bold pattern into an everyday look without going overboard. I paired one with a tailored white blazer for an urban vibe that can go straight from the office to a night out on the town. For a more casual day look, wear it wrapped around your neck over a cami, then when the sun goes down, fashion it into a halter top and slip on your favorite pair of espadrilles to take the night by storm.

Ready to commit full force? Jungle-fauna print pants are wildly cool when paired with a brightly colored sleeveless blouse, and best accessorized by some bossa nova playing on your headphones, a straw Panama hat, and arms piled with wooden bangles.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2013

When it’s ungodly chilly out here in New England, I immediately dream of summer on the Vineyard. Blame my Northeast residence, but everything about that little island just screams quintessential prep to me – in the best way possible. So – in the name of summer daydreaming – I’ve set about planning my ensembles for my ideal summer day on the Vineyard. Care to escape with me?

Preppy for Martha's Vineyard

9AM: The Vineyard has activities for days, and a little morning sailing sounds like the most whimsical way to start the day. And what’s sailing without some nautical stripes?

12PM: Nothing beats New England clam shack fare. High-waisted shorts (paired with a pearl necklace, of course) are the perfect casual bottoms for such a low-key experience. As a bonus, they slide on perfectly over your bathing suit.

2PM: It’s the Vineyard, so the beach is a given. A printed one-piece makes for the ideal preppy option.

4PM: When temps cool off, it’s time for some antiquing. Like any good New England town, the Vineyard has plenty. In my summery dream, I’m wearing this retro-inspired dress.

7PM: It’s been a long day, so go ahead and indulge your palette. It’s a given that stellar restaurants are everywhere in this huge tourist destination. And for the attire? This dress is dark enough for night, but breezy enough to bring in that beach mentality.

Countdown to summer… commence.

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By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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February 12, 2013