By Laura Iglehart, Student at Georgetown University
Mexico? Miami? Mozambique? If you’re spending Spring Break in the sun, look no further!
Here are five cute, versatile and budget-friendly Spring Break outfits you’ll want to remember to pack.
Traveling can be a hectic adventure but having a cute and comfy outfit to combat the chaos can take the stress out reaching your destination. Wear something that can be worn on the way home that can also be worn (in some form) on your trip and is preferably wrinkle resistant. My go-to warm weather travel wear consists of flats (easy to take on and off in security lines and can be worn with jeans or shorts on vacation), leggings or comfy bottoms (can be worn on the trek home) and a long T-shirt or tunic (can double as bathing suit cover-up or layered over jeans for dinner).
But perhaps my most important travel necessity is a light scarf or wrap (preferably printed) for commonly over air-conditioned flights and cool tropical evenings. I also like to carry a tote bag as a carry-on that I can stuff a bathing suit and flip-flops into (in case of misplaced luggage or not-yet-ready hotel rooms). I also like to use my tote bag as a beach/pool bag that I can put magazines and sunscreen into.
Finally, although I know it may be difficult, I suggest packing everything in carry-on bags. Airlines make huge profits of your unnecessarily checked baggage, so save your money for a round of poolside drinks or a selection of trashy magazines! Carry-on luggage also cuts out the baggage claim wait, which means more pool time for you!
Sun + Water = Bikini Time
When looking for the ideal bathing suit, choose a style that not only flatters your body, but one that is also versatile. Stretch your budget by looking for separates that can be mixed and matched with different tops and bottoms. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
White Jeans … Why Not?!
What Spring Break would be complete without white jeans? Find a flattering pair (I’m all about the ‘70s bell bottom style right now) you’ll want to slip into after a day of sun and sea. For a daytime look, add a graphic T-shirt and a pair of flat sandals. For an evening look, layer a tunic over your jeans and a pair of espadrilles or wedges.
Daytime and Dinner Dresses
If you’re not into wearing jeans on Spring Break, look for dresses that can double as dinner and daytime wear. Shop for looser-fitting dresses that can be belted for a cute dinner outfit or can be jazzed up with a pair of bangles and sandals for an easy daytime alternative. Also look for fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning, won’t wrinkle in your suitcase and are easy to care for. Nobody wants to be wasting time or money doing laundry on Spring Break!
Shorts for the Sun
Shorts are easy and inexpensive substitutes for beach cover-ups or daytime dresses. I suggest choosing a classic pair of “jorts” (jean/denim shorts) that can be worn with flats and a variety of different tops. Plus, you can wear these all summer and even layer over tights in the spring or fall. Like with your jeans, top with a graphic T-shirt for more relaxed atmospheres (beach, pool) or with a tunic for other settings (breakfast, lunch, shopping).
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