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5 Spring Break Outfit Ideas


Beach in Mexico

With spring break only a week or two away on campuses across the nation, many of you are probably starting to think about what to do, pack, and most importantly, what to wear!

Whether you’re heading on a beach vacation in the near future, or if you’re just planning on relaxing at home, these five outfit ideas will get you through the break and and inspire you to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring.

Outfit Number 1: Ready for Takeoff!

Airplane Outfit

Product Information: Florentine Flats, Forever 21. Bonheur Tote, Yes Style. Ankle Leggings, Topshop. Math Sucks Oversized Tee, Wildfox Couture. Solid Pashmina, Lori’s Shoes. Spring Cardigan, American Eagle. Plastic Aviator Sunglasses, Topshop.

No matter where you’re flying, you’re going to want an outfit that’s both comfortable and effortlessly chic, not only for your flight, but also for your trek through the airport. Luckily, some of today’s hottest trends blend fashion and function, making this an easy look to create.

Though it’s best to forego most jewelry to avoid setting off the metal detectors, a cute scarf and oversized handbag are helpful travel accessories. A scarf will add punch and personality to your look, while the oversized bag can carry all of your essentials and anything from books to a wrap to a pair of flip flops for landing. Just make sure it still fits under your seat!

For more on airplane fashion and beauty, check out Colleen’s What Do I Wear There post on the subject!

Outfit Number 2: Dinner With The Girls

Dinner Outfit

Product Information: Abstract Feather Print Dress, Asos. Solid Pashmina, Lori’s Shoes. Multi Strand Bracelet, Metropark. Suzy Smith Quilted Chain Bag, Asos Outlet. Not Rated Sandal, The Buckle.

Remember all of those amazing episodes of Sex And The City where the girls are on location somewhere amazing enjoying a fabulous dinner together? Use them for spring break fashion inspiration!

When I put this look together, I had dinner on the beach in mind, but it would work equally well for a meal at any outdoor restaurant. The dress in this outfit is the perfect blend of casual and dressy: the cotton material gives it a relaxed feel, while the silhouette is still classically polished. The fun color also adds to the tropical feel! Since it can get cold at night, it’s always a good idea to bring a wrap or pashmina with you when you go out.

Outfit Number 3: Hitting the Beach

Beach Outfit

Product Information: Floral Halter Bandeau Bikini, American Eagle. Ultra-Knit Weekend Skirt, J. Crew. Preppy Leather Flip Flops, Abercrombie. California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen, Target. Cotton Craft Terry Beach Towel, Amazon.

Swimming, surfing, sunning… what girl doesn’t love going to the beach?! Beach outfits are pretty simple–all you really need is a cute swimsuit, towel, cover-up, and flip flops.

Most importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen! Luckily, you’ve got a ton of options for sun protection. Burt’s Bees makes a great all natural option, Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch works well for acne-prone skin, and Kiss My Face Face Factor sunscreen is water resistant. Try to use a sunscreen with AT LEAST an SPF 30 for days at the beach and tan safely. Wrinkly red skin is never in style!

Want more on swimwear? Check out Zephyr’s lists of tankinis, monokinis, and one-pieces, as well as her favorite picks for bikinis for various body shapes!

Outfit Number 4: Exploring the City

Outfit for exploring on vacation

Product Information: Maribelle Knot Racerback Tank, Delia’s. Antik Batik Gold Pemba Necklace, My Wardrobe. Lacquered Pyramid Bangle, Forever 21. Hermosa Boyfriend Capris, Hollister Strap-Around Sandals, American Eagle. American Eagle. Batwing Sleeve Cardigan, Debenhams.

This outfit is perfect for an activity-filled vacation day where waking up slowly with a brunch, doing some shopping, and exploring your destination are on the itinerary.

Capris allow you to move freely, while the shoes are comfortable and cute, and the tank shows some skin. Hot outside? Ditch the capris and add a pair of shorts. Cold? Throw on the batwing top and layer! This outfit is more of an everyday look–something you can wear on campus as well when you get home! This is also a great option for your flight back home, just substitute the strappy sandals for flats and you’re good to go.

Outfit Number 5: Other Essentials

Travel Essentials

Product Information: The Duo Fold Zip-Up, Victoria’s Secret. Bobbi Brown Travel Size Skincare to Go Set, Nordstrom. Ribbed Cotton Boy Tank, Styles for Less. Dot Cosmetic Bag, Yes Style. Passport Wallet, Gold Speed.

Though not exactly an outfit, these pieces are things to remember to pack for your trip.

It’s always a good idea to throw a pair of jeans, a zip-up hoodie, and a basic tank in your suitcase wherever you’re going. A foldable pair of flats won’t take up much space, and can totally save your feet after a night (or day!) of wearing heels. These pieces are definitely college girl wardrobe staples whether you’re traveling or not.

My favorite essential, though, happens to be this travel beauty bag–it has internal compartments for easy organization and is small enough to fit into your purse. Remember to take out your mascara, liquid foundation, and perfume and put them into a quart sized bag before your flight, or store them in your checked luggage.

What are your spring break plans?

What are you doing for spring break this year? Are you going on a trip? What will you be wearing? Share your thoughts and let everyone know with a comment!

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31 Responses to “5 Spring Break Outfit Ideas”

  1. 1
    March 4th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love the post! The only thing, I wanted to buy that Math Sucks tee, but the link didn’t work..

  2. 2
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry, Catherine! I noticed that link didn’t work, too – I think the shirt is sold out. We do these articles a little in advance and sometimes the products we feature sell out once the post goes up. I’ve updated the link to go to the main store page where you can buy similar tees.

  3. 3
    March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Great post! My spring break will be spent at home where it will be cold…no swimsuits here. :( I particularly like the first look for flying. I have to admit, there are a few pieces that scream “YOUNG” to me, but to each their own…nice job!

  4. 4
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Wow! I love the Math Sucks tee…I think it’s my favourite part of this post. haha.
    But the colour palette for the dinner with the girls is awesome! I love the soft purple hues!

  5. 5
    March 4th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I haven’t really decided on my spring break plans. Me and my friends have discussed Palm Springs but it’s still up in the air. I love the outfits you put together. My favorites are the 1st, 2nd, and 4th outfits! I’m doing some major shopping this weekend and i will use some of your ideas. Thanks!

  6. 6
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hey girls! Sorry that tee is sold out! :( When I wrote the article on Sunday they still had it available on Wildfox’s website and Definitely keep an eye out for that though, I love it too!

  7. 7
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love the dress in outfit nr. 2!!

  8. 8
    March 4th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Nice post :-) I’m not really a beach person but I like outfit number 2.

    One thing I wanted to point out is that Neutrogena is misspelled (you have it ue instead of eu) when you are talking about sun protection in the third paragraph of outfit 3.

  9. 9
    March 4th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I really liked this article and the outfits that you put together! Only one thing made me kinda upset, outfit #1. You show leggings as pants!!!!! I do not know how many articles CF has had talking about how that is a no no, and most of the readers agree.I Love the tee, sweater, and sunglasses, but legging are not pants!!!!!

  10. 10
    March 4th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Oh, and has anyone ever ordered from Asos? I really like that dress and wanted to know what the quality of their products is like. Also, does anyone know a good side for finding out what US/European size equivalents are for clothing? I am going to google it but I’d love to know if anyone has any tried and true sites to reference. Thanks!

  11. 11
    March 4th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Ah nvm, the size conversion is right on their website.

  12. 12
    March 4th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    OMG!!! I want those sandals!!!

  13. 13
    March 4th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    These are great outfits! Makes me wish I was still in college and got a spring break. Well, I’ll get a break when my K-12 kids have the week off, I guess! I love all of those sandals and the red sweater!

  14. 14
    March 4th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Amy– My bad! Thanks for catching that!!

    Lalalina–The “Math Sucks” tee is oversized! It would definitely cover your butt, just in case, I added that long cardigan. So no leggings as pants! That’s as close as I’d get :) Also, I’ve ordered from Asos before and the quality was really good, at least for what I ordered (a dress) but shipping was sorta slow. It’s nice though, because no one else has what you’re wearing if you order from there!

  15. 15
    March 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Gotcha, I couldn’t tell that the “Math Sucks” tee was oversized. Still a little iffy for something to wear in public for me personally. Thanks for the feedback on Asos. I was actually looking at purchasing a dress, so it is great to hear you had success with the one you bought!

  16. 16
    March 4th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Fantastic post! Really helpful even though I’m not going anywhere warm. I was wondering if you guys could do a post with spring outfits but tailored to specific temperatures/regions? I’m so excited to break out my spring clothes (minus the tights), but I just don’t want to look like a fashion disaster when it’s still kinda chilly out. So something along the lines or an article with outfits broken up by 10 degrees or something would be awesome!!

    Keep up the great work!

  17. 17
    March 5th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I just wanted to say that I REALLY liked this post and all of the outfit ideas :) Great job!

  18. 18
    March 5th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Dont ever wear a t-shirt with a negative statement… i happen to study math, and just because you dont get it, dosent mean it sucks…. simply means it you dont get it….

  19. 19
    March 5th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I love everything about this post! Everything is so relaxed and creative. Perfect for spring break!

  20. 20
    March 5th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I’m leaving in two hours to go to Mexico!! I love the airplane outfit; it’s actually what I’m wearing right now :)

  21. 21
    March 5th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Wow are you really suggesting to young women that we go around denigrating other’s majors/career choices? Somehow I don’t think you would take too kindly to a t-shirt saying, “Fashion Sucks” or “Journalism Sucks”.

    Come on, the gap between men and women in math and the sciences is big enough without us suggesting to the world that we’re incapable/too immature to handle those subjects!

  22. 22
    March 5th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Joanna and Lisa–Sorry you don’t like the shirt! Although I have to say, if I saw a person wearing a shirt that said “fashion sucks” or “journalism sucks” I wouldn’t be personally offended and would actually think it was funny. :) To each her own I guess!

  23. 23
    March 5th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Love these outfits! :)

  24. 24
    March 6th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Where is the product info for the shiny purple flats/slippers in Outfit 5? They are so cute!

  25. 25
    March 7th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Woah, some people are sooo touchy about the “math sucks” t-shirt. Its funny. Get a sense of humor. MOST people hate math, and for you lucky few that happen to understand it, and perhaps enjoy it… make your own t-shirt. I don’t think it’s belittling women and understating their intelligence. It is simply a humorous t-shirt for the masses.

    Anywho– I LOVE all of these outfits. I personally do not think I could pull off some of them, but I think they’re all very cute! I agree that you guys should do a post about spring break outfits in all different regions, that would be awesome! I am currently on my spring break now and I’m stuck in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where the weather is not exactly beautiful. But ehh, what can ya do? Hope everyone has an awesome break! =)

  26. 26
    July 24th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Where is the peace sign sweatshirt from?

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