. . . and long before it has even begun and despite the romance of softly falling snow, sometimes winter is best weathered from a distance, and few things more romantic than a mid-winter escape to a balmy and breezy and perhaps exotic location — and whether madrid, the greek isles, or fiji, a little time away for dreaming of the return of warmer days always brightens long winter months . . . and so, striped blouses with bows and pleated chelsey pants, elegant linen blazers and tailored city shorts, and most of all, sexy heels and billowy dresses for just the occasion . . .