The best cure for the winter blues? A plane ticket out of here . . . and some pastels. Don't get swallowed up by your double-breasted trench coat. Shed some layers and head south.

Dump the blacks and grays for pinks and greens, the wools for silk and the mundane for vivid patterns. It's time to show off that bod (or hide it with a lovely wrap). Make the reservations -- and hit the mall. There, tucked in a corner is the resort wear. Survey the racks, as people eye you enviously.

"The trend for Resort 2003 explodes with florals in hothouse hues, Asian exotics, polka dots and pinks," said Neiman Marcus public relations manager Patti Cumming. "Accessories in the same bright colors continue the excitement for the season, and retro prints are back to add a sexy twist in many of the collections." Send us a postcard.

-- Janelle Erlichman

Vix by Lenny "Congo" bikini ($96, includes bottom) and sarong ($83), at Sylenes, 4407 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase.Hot pink Jil Sander flops ($275) and Lulu Guinness daisy print handbag ($120), at Neiman Marcus. For solar protection: SPF15 sunscreen lotion ($5.99), at Rite Aid, and Nour "Shaafi" sunglasses ($109), at Threads, 1242 Irving St. NW.Vineyard Vines ties with whales, flamingos and mermaids ($65), at Palm Chic, 7259 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, and 103 S. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria. Lilly Pulitzer swim trunks ($84), at Palm Chic, 7259 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, and 103 S. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria.