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Fashion Inspiration: Spring Breakers


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For most of us, Spring Break means a trip to the beach with a group of friends to enjoy the arrival of warmer weather. For Harmony Korine, the director of the new flick Spring Breakers, this meant taking four college students (played by Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) and placing them in a borderline “Girls-Gone-Wild” film complete with trippy neon graphics, spontaneous crime sprees, and plenty of Britney Spears references.

I have to say, I will never be able to look at James Franco the same way again after witnessing his character’s creepy fake southern accent, grill, and cornrows. Spring break forever, y’all.

While the movie might have slightly scarred me even though I think I enjoyed it, it did definitely get one thing right — the fashion. So, maybe our fab four rocked nothing but their neon bathing suits for a good portion of the film, however their relaxed, beachy style is great casual inspiration for spring! Opening Ceremony even released a fashion line inspired by the film! (I mean, who doesn’t need a pink unicorn sweatshirt in their life?)

Below, I’ve created two outfits inspired by Spring Breakers, creepy James Franco a.k.a. “Alien” not included. Scroll down to see the looks!

Beach Bum

Spring Breakers fashion - outfit 1
Tank, Shorts, Bikini Top, Bikini Bottom, Shoes, Backpack, Sunglasses

While Spring Break may not last forever, you can definitely carry on the warm-weather look long after the sandy shores are out of sight. Wear a cute purple racerback tank over a pair of colored denim shorts. Pink Converse sneakers, a brightly-hued backpack, and iridescent neon shades are the perfect accessories for this totally beach-ready look. Of course, the outfit is not complete without a mismatched bikini, similar to the ones the girls wear throughout the movie.

Spring Break Forever

Spring Breakers fashion - outfit 2
Tank, Shorts, Bikini Top, Bikini Bottom, Flip Flops, Towel, Sunglasses

Live like it’s spring break every day when you step out in this poolside getup. Pair an ombre tank with colored shorts, then layer both over a fun flamingo print swimsuit top, paying tribute to the now-infamous sunshine state. Grab bright pink swim bottoms and slip on a pair of neon-accented flip flops for a cute twist. Before hitting the waves, don’t forget to grab your fab aviators and a fun tie-dye look beach towel to complete the outfit!

What do you think?

Have you seen Spring Breakers? Were you inspired by the looks from the film? Would you wear any of the outfits above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this one in the future? Let me know in the comments!

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18 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Spring Breakers”

  1. 1
    April 2nd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    can you please do one for the movie super 8 thank you

  2. 2
    April 2nd, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    The movie sounds like it would be fun to watch, but these outfits…aren’t really groundbreaking.I saw more interesting outfits just in the movie preview, like that one girl’s pink fishnet shirt. And maybe trying to make the hawaiian shirts James Franco wore into something fashionable might have been a fun challenge. But shorts and tank tops over bikinis? Kinda lame.

  3. 3
    April 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Love the outfits, especially the high waist shorts! I must get a pair! Not really looking forward to the movie though, the ratings were pretty bad.

  4. 4
    April 2nd, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    lol oh my…

    The color combos are really cute. I wish VS had that flamingo print on another type of top.

  5. 5
    April 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Never mind, VS totally does.

  6. 6
    April 2nd, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    the whole movie seems like an excuse to film young girls in barely any clothes. harmony korine has made some undoubtedly disturbing movies. this is a strange direction…

  7. 7
    April 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Awesome ombre tank!! Trendy and a Tolkien quote!!!

  8. 8
    April 2nd, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I have heard a lot of people say that they didn’t like Spring Breakers, but I kind of want to see it. I really love all of these Spring Breakers inspired looks. Everything is so bright and fun!

  9. 9
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I’m actually offended by this movie that objectifies women – and the fact that it is
    glorified and used to draw inspiration by the same blog that informs girls about
    the lies in advertisement, photo-shop, racially offensive fashion, and underage
    model. In all sincerity, this movie is making girls look like walking objects of
    physical pleasure for guys – and girls too, according to this movie’s questionable
    scenes. There are many things that can be used to draw inspiration for fashion. “Spring Breakers” shouldn’t have been used by College Fashion in my opinion.
    Chloe M.

  10. 10
    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Because so many impressionable young women read this website, the authors should be careful when promoting things that have sexist over or undertones. It would be nice if the author mentioned the sexist notes of the movie. Ignoring sexism is one of the reasons why it persists.

    Here is a good article about the sexism of the movie:

  11. 11
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Natalie – Thanks for commenting! I definitely agree that the movie is sexist, because it’s a reflection of a youth party culture which, oftentimes, is very sexist.

    I disagree, however, with the idea that we are somehow ignoring or condoning sexism by not explicitly saying “this movie depicts sexism”. I think this movie is obviously sexist – it’s also offensive, and raunchy, and racist, and disturbing, and a lot of other things, too… because it reflects a culture that is all of those things. The movie doesn’t condone these things; it just doesn’t blatantly denounce them, which I think makes people uncomfortable.

    We’ve done a post on fashion inspired by Boogie Nights, too, but no one was upset that we didn’t say “women are exploited in this movie and there is nudity and sexual content so beware” in order to talk about the clothes from the film – maybe that was just a more obvious example? I guess my default is to assume readers will research a film on their own (especially one with a strong R rating) before seeing it. Maybe I’m wrong on that, but it’s always been my instinct to give readers the benefit of the doubt. I don’t like to be talked down to by publications, so I always try to avoid doing that in our posts.

  12. 12
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Those are very nice clothes hey!

  13. 13
    April 3rd, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I agree 100% with Zephyr. All you need to do is look at the promotional posters to know that this movie is sexist. It also shows girls with unrealistic bodies, hair, skin, etc.
    I haven’t even seen a preview for this movie and I know that. If you want to read up about how the film is sexist/ racist/ whatever-ist, I’m sure the internet could provide you with a plethora of websites devoted to that. I appreciate that College Fashion respects me enough to realize that I can form my own opinions about the film.
    I mean, in something more nuanced maybe it would be appropriate, but really? I mean all you need to do is look at one poster and know that this film is going to objectify women. It’s not rocket science.

  14. 14
    April 3rd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I love the clothes! But the movie was so horrible I was laughing the wholeeee time!

  15. 15
    April 4th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Actually Zephyr I do think it would be nice to say “hey guys this movie is drawing criticism for such and such but we’re just gonna talk about the fashion on this post and let you guys make up your mind about the movie”
    I was also very surprised to see a post about this movie since I expect better from this website and felt your response to Natalie came off a little aggressive.

  16. 16
    April 4th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Mariam – Thanks! I think the point is that every film is going to draw criticism (for example, almost all Disney movies have been criticized as sexist and no one is upset that we didn’t disclaim that). Also, I trust our readers to tell the difference between “here is some fashion inspired by a visually interesting film” and “see this R-rated movie and emulate all of the behavior in it because we mentioned it”.

    Maria – Hmm, after rereading my response, I can see how it could have come off as aggressive – it truly wasn’t intended that way! (I will edit it.) I really think it’s great that we can discuss this stuff!

    If disclaiming is something that most readers want, then, of course, we will do it – we write for you. But saying “this movie is drawing criticism but we’re just gonna talk about the fashion and let you guys make up your mind about it” seems redundant to me – that statement always applies, as no movie is free of criticism and our focus is always on the fashion. Maybe I should post some kind of blanket disclaimer? Not sure what would be the most helpful.

    Also, what do you mean “expected better from this website”? If we let you down, I really am sorry. To me, all we did was write a post featuring colorful fashion inspired by a popular movie among college students. Are you disappointed that we featured a controversial film, or was the wording the main problem? I don’t mean that to be antagonistic; I really do want to know so we can improve for the future. I’d like to hear your thoughts!

  17. 17
    April 4th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Zephyr, thanks for the response! I did not mean that I was disappointed about the movie you chose. Just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean I get to decide no one else can. I meant the response made me feel like the site was being a little condescending to its readers. I almost didn’t wanna comment because I was worried about the response but I now see that clearly wasn’t your intention an am really super glad!
    I think for this movie in particular some type of acknowledgment could be needed because it’s depiction of women is upsetting a lot of people but I do understand its a slippery slope we don’t want a disclaimer for every little thing and we certainly don’t want a fashion blog telling us what movies we can and can’t watch.

  18. 18
    April 4th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This is a COLLEGE website, directed towards COLLEGE STUDENTS. This is an R rated movie, and as such there is nudity and promiscuity. I can’t even count how many other numerous movies there are out there with the same content, and truth of the matter is, whether it is good or bad, sexuality is EVERYWHERE, and I personally don’t have any problem with it. Have you ever been on a wild spring break trip? Apparently not, because this movie was pretty much just an exaggerated version of the REAL thing. Additionally, this post has not once tried to sway your opinion of the movie, it focuses on the fashion – the best part of the whole movie! The author even clearly states the movie may have “scarred her” and that it is “borderline girls-gone-wild” how much more of a description do you really need? Putting a disclaimer on all these posts is like how Starbucks coffee cups say, “CAUTION: the contents of this cup is hot”. See what I’m saying? People need to take responsibility for themselves, if you don’t like the post, don’t read it or listen to whatever message you believe it is saying. Fine. But don’t make this about the website not being up to par just because you don’t agree with the movie choice. An awesome point was brought up by Zephyr when she mentioned disney films, many many sexual references have been found in them, just look it up online! With that said, it is the responsibility of the person reading the post to censor what they would like and not like to read. NOT the website; they arent your parents.

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