Spring Break Fashion Brings a Warm Taste of Summer


As you walk down the slushy gray streets with your circle scarf hung around your neck and your military boots snug on your feet, it’s hard to imagine the warm days of summer. Thankfully, spring break is just a few weeks away and many students will be heading somewhere warm.


To help make packing a bit easier, we’ve created a list of five must-have items to leave you looking stylish this spring break.

1. Swimsuit

Spring break just isn’t the same without the perfect swimsuit. Thankfully, this season, the bikinis and monokinis (one-pieces with cutouts) are back. Wear them in bold,  bright colors like hot pink, turquoise and gold as seen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

But remember, wear with confidence!

Steal: Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Bandeau Top and Low Rise Bottom in Watermelon Pink, Victoria’s Secret, $68

Splurge: Luli Fama Swimwear Merenguito Rose Bikini, Luli Fama, $140.00

2. Cover-Up

Wearing your swimsuit everywhere can only go so far. Invest in a cute cover-up that you would feel comfortable wearing to the hotel lobby or around the town. If you’re looking for a more polished choice, try silk trousers, or for a more relaxed look, try a chambray shirt and denim cutoffs. The possibilities are endless. Bonus points if you can also wear them when bikini season is over.

Steal: Cooperative Floral Silk Trouser in Black Multi, Urban Outfitters, $59.00

Element Monterey Chambray Shirt, Swell.com, $24.99

AE Denim Shortie, American Eagle, $39.50

Splurge: Printed Silk Harem Pants, Net-a-Porter, $285

Marc by Marc Jacobs Long Sleeve Chambray Shirt, Bergdorf Goodman, $198.00

Mintha Short Pant, Diesel, $112.00

3. Sunglasses

Though round sunglasses have not been in style for many years,  they are making a comeback. The great thing about circular sunglasses is that they feel very retro and whimsical. Diane von Furstenburg, Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som all sent their models down the runway with eyewear à la John Lennon. If you’re willing to have fun and take a risk, try a pair.

Steal: Black Small Round Sunglasses, Topshop, $32.00

Splurge: Round Sunglasses, Ralph Lauren, $350.00

4. Orange

As always, New York Fashion Week provides the utmost in inspiration, and the color trend of the runways was orange. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Chris Benz all sent models down the catwalk with bright shades of pumpkin, persimmon and tangerine. These colors add a bright daytime punch to any outfit. Wearing bright oranges can seem daunting at first, but they are surprisingly easy to wear if you tailor the colors to fit in with your personal style. If a rich orange dress seems a little extreme, it isn’t hard to accessorize with orange scarves or jewelry.

Steal: Tangerine Dream Orange Dress, Lulu’s, $39.00

AE Tie-Dyed Scarf in Orange, American Eagle, $19.50

Splurge: Michael Kors Silicone Watch in Orange, Michael Kors, $160.00

Laundry Tribal Embellished Dress in Orange, ASOS, $136.27

5. Turbands

I want to start off by saying that this particular accessory is not for the faint of heart. Turbans are hair accessories that have been making a comeback for quite some time now. They were spotted on the Jason Wu, Vena Cava and Giorgio Armani runways, and on Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City 2.” Turbans undoubtedly take a great amount of confidence to wear; they are not your everyday headbands or hair ties.

Turbans are a fashion challenge, however not at all insurmountable. They can keep the hair out of your eyes at the beach or add a unique and bold touch to a neutral outfit. If you are still a bit uneasy about this, try the turband, a turban and headband hybrid. The most important thing to remember about this is to tie it right, and for this, there are countless how-to videos. Some of the tutorials just use a normal, thin, small scarf, so take a chance and try this. What do you have to lose?

Steal: The Gray Studded Turband, Karmaloop, $18.95

Splurge: Gold Saturn Turband in Black Studded, GoldSaturn.com, $48.00