WHAT TO WEAR: Spring Break

What to Wear

When we hear the words “spring break,” a picture forms in our minds of how we perceive this collegiate right of passage. Often times, that mental image contains students wearing stereotypical “spring break” uniforms consisting of bikinis, frat T-shirts and the like. Thankfully, in reality there are Fashionista/os who see spring break as an opportunity to push the envelope and explore their individual styles. Take cues from this week’s Fashionista and create an unforgettable look using uncommon finds unique to your city or town.

It was this Fashionista’s use of rich earthy tones and bold textures that caught my attention. The beginning of spring typically heralds the emergence of all the typical pastels and bright colors. Our Fashionista chose to go against the grain with a pair of acid wash jeans from American Apparel. Light layers are key in a transition period in order to achieve comfort and effortless cool style. To stay cool in the sunshine, try an open knit sweater such as this crew neck honeycomb sweater from LOFT.

A savvy Fashionista is both stylish and sensible. Our Fashionista has chosen sun-blocking accessories that compliment her boho festival style. To achieve the laid back hippy-chic look, add a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classics in tortoise. The shape and color will pair perfectly with any ensemble you pull together this spring break, whether classic or alternative.

Choose a spring break signature piece like our Fashionista’s vintage hat. Vintage pieces ensure that your look remains individual and, as an added bonus, won’t break the bank. Although our Fashionista’s bag is vintage as well, it is right on trend. Bucket bags are the accessory of the moment and serve as a perfect carry-all for your spring break essentials. Search your local thrift shop for your signature piece and hit the streets with a one of a kind look.

For more exclusive pieces, turn to local artisans and designers. Our Fashionista is sporting multiple intricately handmade necklaces by a local artist, Forest Lee of Healing Vortex Crystal Wraps. Not only will pieces such as these add subtle detail to your ensemble, they will also support young designers in your area.

If there is one thing you don’t want to have to worry about during spring break, it is your footwear. Keep things simple with a versatile pair of ankle boots. By choosing a pair in a neutral color and style, you can transition seamlessly from one outfit to another. Complete any ensemble with these suede ankle boots by Sam Edelman.

One Simple Change: If you are planning on attending a local festival over spring break, opt for a pair of cut-off denim shorts in place of longer denim. You will stay cool in the sun all day and show your legs some love after a long winter hiatus. Stay with the acid wash theme in this pair of distressed denim shorts from Forever 21.

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