Spring break style 1

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For me, packing for a trip is just as exciting as going on it, particularly when it is somewhere that I can nail my outfits! My husband travels a lot, so in the past, our Spring Break trips have been pretty lame … as in, we didn’t go on them. But this year, I’m taking it to a new level and taking my kiddos to an upscale (but kid-friendly) resort in South Florida for a few nights. Bring on the beautiful bathing suits, cool cover-ups, and fun flat sandals!

Packing for a warm, tropical environment is by far my favorite. I am not sure if it’s because bikinis take up less room (read: so I can pack more of them) or if it’s a chance for me to get out of my comfort zone and try some brighter prints and patterns. What I aim to do for daytime looks is pack two cover-ups that can act as both something to throw on over my suit when the kids need a bathroom break and as a lovely, easy poolside lunchtime ensemble. After I choose the cover-ups, I will typically pack two or three suits that coordinate with each. These can be anything from simple bikinis to unique one-piece suits. Now for the fun part … time to find some gorgeous sandals. Thankfully for me (not my husband), sandals are also items that take up a minimal amount of space in my suitcase. Because of this, I’m often guilty of over packing them, but a girl has got to have choices, right!? I like to pick a few in basic colors, like black and gold, and then some that will complete the head-to-toe look. And by complete, I mean add a little something special to an all-black look or complement the festive feel of a bright or printed ensemble. Lastly, you need a sturdy beach bag. By sturdy, I mean one that will go with everything. When I am driving on a trip, I typically use it as space for extra packing. If I am traveling by plane, I use it as my carry-on. Below are some great looks that will take you from lounging poolside to lunching on the water:


Spring break style 2


This is a great transitional outfit. I chose a top and skirt by Proenza Schouler. The top being long sleeve and a thicker fabric means a slight night chill won’t bother me one bit. The skirt is a flowy, gauzy material that moves with ease and covers my winter-white legs. The sandal flirts with the warmer weather to come, and the black bag by Staud reminds us that winter shades are not gone just yet. Are all you Northeasterners rolling your eyes at me? Don’t forget; I grew up in Maine. I get it, girl. You can easily swap out the sandals for a pair of black booties and, once the temperatures rise, make them open toed. Grab your favorite black blazer for the extra warmth you need, or even a thick cardigan.

Transitional pieces are key this time of year. I suggest investing in two or three things that can carry you through this challenging fashion time. Your style doesn’t need to suffer because of unpredictable weather conditions. You should always feel like you can conquer any seasonal change! …

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