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Here’s What You Should Wear This Spring Break, Based On Your Itinerary

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*Cue Jame Franco’s iconic “spring break” line.* Oh, yes! The most wonderful week of college is almost here. Some of us probably already have plans, while others haven’t even thought about about it yet. I mean, procrastination is common among college kids. Don’t worry if you’re a part of the latter. There’s still more than a month of prep, but spring break looks cannot wait for too long.

Let’s say you’re heading to a ski resort in Breckendridge, CO. Blizzards are likely, so layering will be the best move. You’ve got to warm yourself up, while still looking cute and ready for the slopes. Or, you might be the complete opposite that’s sitting by the beach and sipping cocktails. Instead of adding layer after layer, you’ll want to keep yourself cool by wearing breathable fabrics. A bikini top and high-waisted shorts = legs for days. 

Whether you know where you’re jetting off to yet or not, I’ve got some outfit ideas on hand for you. Six mini style guides to help you create the cutest Instagramable looks. After all, did you really spring break if you don’t have pics?

The Cozy Athleisure

Step one: Layer, Layer, Layer!

Ski trips can only be successful if you dress accordingly. So, don’t think for a second that you’ll survive the cold like no problem. Start off with a thermal set for your base layer—make sure both undershirt (Cuddl Duds, $18) and leggings (Cuddl Duds, $18) are fitted because you can’t let any cold air in. Add a second layer with a quarter-zip hoodie (Topshop, $35) and a pair of snow pants (The North Face, $80). Your final layer will be your jacket (The North Face, $170). If you want more color, you can opt out for a bright jacket. Ta-da!

Step two: The Final Touches

Waterproof boots (Tofino II Boot, Sorel, $170) with good insulation are a big must. You’ll be trekking through the snow most of the time. Investing in a pair of durable boots will def pay in the long run. Also, don’t forget that adorable beanie (Urban Outfitters, $20) and those warm gloves (The North Face, $39) for added warmth. You’ll be cute and cozy for the slopes.

The Summer Casual

Step one: The Coastline Dress Code

Oh, how I wish I can live in a bikini all year round. But that’s what spring break is for, right? Katy Perry once said: “Daisy dukes, bikinis on top”. Choose a vibrant bikini set with a bit of texture to add a fun vibe. An orange triangle top (PacSun, $27) along with a matching bottom (PacSun, $25) will make accentuate your tan. When you’re off to your next adventure, shimmy into your favorite pair of high-waisted denim shorts (Levi’s, $70). 

Step two: The Add-Ons

If you’ve got dinner plans and no time to change, throw on a flowy dress (Free People. $41) that’ll look pretty over your bikini top and shorts. You can store it in a mesh bag (Urban Outfitters, $15), so it won’t get crumpled. You won’t have to rush to the Airbnb since you’ll have it by the shore! Before you forget — and get too used to walking barefoot — slide into a pair of chic flip flops (Aerie, $14). You can also try a dress with tropical pattern in green and white (Lulus, $31) with a trendy wicker bag (Nasty Gal, $23) and some wedge sandals (Seychelles, $43).

The Off-Duty Comfort

Step one: The Everyday Uniform

Levi’s jeans are the most heavenly denim — there I said it. They’re so relaxed and stretchy, making them perfect for everyday ‘fits. Jeans go so well with a plain top. The classic combination is light-wash denim (Levi’s, $49) and a white tee (Zara, $13). You can pair the look with a cool puffer jacket (H&M, $40) if you’re on a nighttime adventure in NYC or if you’re a lil too cold. What makes walking around bearable? A light but comfy pair of Adidas sneakers (Adidas, $120). From bar hopping to sight-seeing, you’re ready for the night!

Step two: The Muted Bonuses

You don’t need a lot when you’re running around one of the world’s busiest cities in the world. For some cute touches, a few stacked chokers (Lulus, $13) will do the job. Gold hued jewelry is in right now. Combine with a small shoulder bag (ASOS, $32) to hold your belongings

The Edgy Professional

Step one: The Rockstar Basics

Graphic tees are all the buzz right now, especially the soft vintage band tees — how could they not be? They’re comfortable and so easy to style. A tee (Nasty Gal, $18) with a midi skirt (Forever 21, $20) will create a look similar to Stevie Nicks’s timeless aesthetic. Stomp through the city abroad with some classic Doc Martens (Dr. Martens, $150).

Step two: The Twist

Mix up the the Rockstar aesthetic by incorporating it up with business chic. If you’re exploring a foreign city with a chillier temp, wear a turtleneck shirt (Uniqlo, $10) under your graphic tee and then, throw on a blazer (SHEIN, $27). I highly recommend picking out an oversized blazer. Strap a belt bag (Universal Thread, $16) across your chest, which is an awesome alternative to dainty purses.

The Western Night-Out

Step one: The Fashionable Yeehaw

Set the scene. You’re out and about nighttime Nashville, having the time of your life with the gang — and what are you wearing? Don’t think too hard. I’ve got an outfit recommendation for you. A simple bodysuit (Topshop, $20) will be the perfect starting piece. Add flare with corduroy pants (Lucky Brand, $37) and texture to the look with a denim jacket (Princess Polly, $25). Don’t forget to add subtle pattern addition: a pair of cow print booties (Jeffrey Campbell, $158) can heighten the look.

Step two: The Extras

First things first, a western-inspired belt is a must-have for the ‘fit. The belt (Wild Fable, $25) will tie the corduroy and cow print together while still looking modern. Store your night-out essentials in a small shoulder bag (PrettyLittleThing, $35). You really don’t want to prevent misplace your phone or wallet. For a pop of gold, chunky hoop earrings (Vanessa Mooney, $22) are the way to go.

The Homestyle Chic

Step one: The Cozy Costume

Raise your hand if you know for sure that you’re going back home. Seeing your parents and treating yourself to the laziest week-off ever sounds like a dream. Nobody said you can’t look chic while watching Netflix all day. Trade in your favorite oversized hoodie and sweatpants for a set of knitted loungewear (Nasty Gal, $29). Pair with some plush socks (Barefoot Dreams, $15) for the coziest day ever. While you’re at it, rest your feet on the softest slippers (J. Crew, $40). Your go-to lazy look just got a luxe revamp.

Step two: The Push and Pull

If I were to stay at home during break, you best believe I won’t be doing a whole lot with my hair. Push your hair away from your face with a snazzy headband (Francesca’s, $14) and sweep it into a ponytail or a bun with  an adorable scrunchie (Scunci, $10).

Be the most stylish tourist or the most glamorous couch potato. Spring break may not be forever, but Instagram posts are.

Celina Aquino

Illinois State '21

Celina Aquino is a senior studying finance and accounting at Illinois State University. She's a campus correspondent for the university's chapter as well as a national writer. Things that make her the happiest include groutfits and matcha. Check out "Style on the Move" on @hercampusstyle.