Even if it’s been a few (or many) years since you’ve been gifted an obligatory spring break, you definitely deserve one. Nothing compares to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying all your favorite activities without the burden of serious obligations.
But before you start to pack, survey your closet to make sure you have all you need. We’re helping you get organized with a hypothetical itinerary and the perfect looks for each activity, so you’ll know exactly what to bring once you ordered those tickets to paradise.
Day 1 – Flight
Depending on where you’re traveling to and from, there may a drastic climate difference. For example, it might be snowing when you leave but nothing but blue skies and sunshine at your destination. This is the time to layer. As an added bonus, if your luggage gets lost you’ll have the bare minimum to make it through the next day or two.
With minimal leg room and tight seating, comfort is key. If you’re checking in once you arrive, you’ll have a chance to change before other activities. If you’re boarding a red eye, even more reason to be prepped for lazy lounging. That said, you’re still in public – and there have been weird news stories about airlines turning away ticket holders who don’t follow a “dress code.” Use our guidelines and you’ll be a happy flier.
Top: A tank top, cotton T-shirt and a boyfriend cardigan. Planes can quickly go from cold to hot, so keep it on you or in your carry-on.
Bottoms: Girlfriend jeans are roomy but won’t look sloppy. They pair well with the long cardigan and sneaks.
Shoes: Sneakers – a pair that’s athletic or neutral (like white skaters) so you can also wear them working out, hiking or walking.
Hat: If you’re headed to a sunny destination, it doesn’t hurt to wear your Panama hat so it doesn’t get squashed in baggage.
Day 2 – Museums
If you’re hitting up more than one, you’ll definitely want to wear your walking shoes! Whether you’re on a guided, audio or self tour, museums are one place you won’t be sitting. By the end of the day, you’ll be shocked at how many steps you’ve taken.
Top: A breezy blouse paired with a jacket is great when air conditioning is on full blast but also works when part of the exhibit is outdoors.
Bottoms: A swishy skirt is a tad dressy and therefore a respectful choice at a historic or arty spot. It’s also cute and easy to wear.
Shoes: Another opportunity to wear your sneakers from the flight.
Day 3 – Beach
Bring on the real relaxation! For beach lovers, day 3 may actually be day 2-6. But don’t let swimwear stress you out. That means bring your own suit … and make that two suits! As you wash one and wait for it to dry you’ll need a backup in case you visit a water park, jump in a waterfall, etc. Bringing it from home also means not worrying about throwing away cash for a new, never-worn-again swimsuit you don’t feel confident in.
Swimsuit: Whatever floats your boat. From rash guards to skimpy two-pieces, there are lots of options these day.
Cover-up: You can’t go wrong with a breezy maxi dress that can double as a look for dinner. See our amazing convertible one below:
Shoes: Slides are super fashionable right now and perfect for the beach. Pick a pair you won’t mind roughing up a little. Don’t forget sunglasses and your hat!
Day 4 – Dinner & Shopping
This is your chance to show off your style! If you packed your brightest and best, wear it for a fun shopping trip and lavish dinner with lots of romantic photo ops. Plus, if you decide to explore the nightlife, you’ll be ready for that too.
Dress: Choose something chic that goes from day to night. We love this slip dress below in unexpected linen that will keep you cool at an alfresco dinner or sweltering club.
Shoes: You could be walking a decent amount, but in a cute, short dress, your shoes will be on display. Try a kitten heel, an embellished sandal or a sexy metallic gladiator for glamour that won’t cause pain.
Day 5 – Amusement Park
This is why you packed bathing suit number 2! Enjoy thrills at a theme park with water rides.
Swimsuit: Pick a two-piece that sits well underneath clothing – so much easier when you have to use the restroom. Layer a simple sleeveless top over your bikini.
Bottoms: We love linen capris or shorts for a simple look that works on rides and as you stroll the grounds.
Shoes: Get another use out of those slides. Sneakers won’t be practical if you get wet. Squish. Squish. Squish.
Day 6 – Dinner Cruise
Complete your trip with a beautiful evening on the river. Usually cruises have more formal dress codes, but even there isn’t one, make it your excuse to dress to the nines. You’ll want to take one of your finest for this excursion.
Dress: You simply can’t go wrong with an LDB. We’re loving ones with so-right-now details: cold shoulders, neckline embellishments or ruffles.
Shoes: Kick things up a notch with peep-toe pumps.
Add a glittering barrette, pavé earrings or a pearl pendant necklace for some shimmer.