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The Spring Breakdown

With Spring Break rapidly approaching, the only thing more stressful than finalizing your tropical getaway is deciding what clothes your suitcase has room for.  Since most destinations lack laundry facilities, packing versatile pieces is key.  Luckily, J.Crew’s resort 2013 collection has an abundance of versatile pieces that are perfect for a springtime getaway! So many, in fact, you’ll likely need to sit on your suitcase to get it zipped!

Regardless of the potentially unsightly toll that winter may have taken on your physique, J.Crew swimwear is full of options for all body types. For those of you who managed to stay slender this winter, the bandeau bikinis are amazing.  Not only are they available in fun patterns and prints, but they are totally mix and match-able! Don’t be afraid to mix polka dots with solids or stripes with florals!

As for those of us who aren’t particularly thrilled for our bodies to make a…big…splash at the pool this spring break (myself included), there are still fabulous options with a bit more coverage!  I know it’s tricky to find a modest swimsuit that doesn’t scream “frumpy,” but J.Crew is here to change that mentality!  Check out the Painters Floral Tank or the Liberty Underwire Tank.  These one-piece suits are perfect for someone seeking more coverage without sacrificing style! Also, BE SURE to bring along a cover-up, like the Embroidered Rope Tunic. If you’re not on the beach or pool, a little coverage is the classier route to take.

Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

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The Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

For daily excursions, dresses are key. The Tiered Ruffle Dress has been a staple for the past few years, and continues to be a classic and simple option to throw on in the morning and wear throughout the day.  The Lightweight Washed Chambray Dress is also a great option.  It’s beachy without being too casual, so you can wear it almost anywhere during the day!

The JCR Girls | Spring Breakdown

J. Crew Chambray Shirtdress

As for nighttime, nothing screams resort dinner to me more than a flowy maxi skirt with a simple tank.  The Striped Jersey Maxi Skirt is a lightweight and breathable fabric, and with a plain tank tucked in, is perfect for dinner and cocktails.

Stripes on Stripes | The JCR Girls

Accessorizing isn’t extremely crucial on spring break, but there are a few must haves for the beach.  Firstly, a sun-protective hat.  Regardless of whether you prefer a floppy straw hat or an androgynous fedora, a hat is never a bad idea, especially for peak sunning hours (or to wear to breakfast after a night in the discoteque…).  You also need a go-to pair of sunglasses.  Aviators and Wayfarers are always a safe bet and the Ray-Bans that J.Crew carries are fantastic quality – I’ve had my Clubmasters for over 4 years and they’re in perfect condition. Throw a few bangles and some bold necklaces in a durable beach bag, too, like the Farmers Market Tote, and you’re good to go!


The Market Tote
Tortoise Ray-Bans Aviators The Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

Lastly, SHOES.  They are the absolute most annoying things to pack, so make your decisions wisely.  The likelihood that you’ll wear a pair of heels isn’t great, so leave those at home.

Bring three things:
1. A cute pair of sandals that can transition from day to night, like the Kira Sandal
2. A pair of beach appropriate sandals, like the Tortoise Capri Sandal
3. A pair of closed toed shoes, like the Sperry Metallic Boat Shoe

Tortoise Capri Sandal

Metallic Sperry Topsiders | J. Crew

See, it’s easy.  Once your suitcase is packed, the only thing you need to enjoy your trip is a piña colada and a chaise.  There’s no reason your packing experience should be any less relaxing than your vacation!

-Brought to you by Bennett / @BKerwinOfficial!

 

A J. Crew Spring Break

J. Crew Review Spring Break

Ladies, I’m sure you’re all well aware that Spring Break is right around the corner. If you are a frantic last-minute packer, like most, there is a simple solution. You guessed it, J.Crew. J.Crew has all of the necessities for a stylish, memorable week in the sun. To avoid the costly price of checking a bag, it’s important to pack light and efficiently.

J. Crew Swimwear
J. Crew Resort Collection and Swimsuits

Let’s start with the most important Spring Break item: the swimsuit. Dressing for your body type is crucial. You want to find a style that flatters. Once you figure out the correct fit, choose a bathing suit that shows off your personality. If you follow runway trends, consider a paisley-print suit. Paisley was huge on the spring 2012 runways, and has returned for the fall season. A one-piece is daring, but a ruched or draped one-piece helps to hide any flaws. Last but not least, you can never go wrong with a striped bathing suit.

J. Crew Swimsuit Cover Up Dress

Cover-ups are a necessity when packing for a warm-weather vacation. You want to wear something that is light, comfortable and breathable, like cotton or gauze. The favored nautical theme will never go away, so why not have a little fun with it? J.Crew’s cerise color, shown on the Siesta Dress above, is bright, bold, and a definite head-turner. The striped tunic dress is a classic and can double as a cover-up or a regular day dress.

J. Crew spring and summer accessories

Like any purse, you don’t want your beach bag to weigh you down. Only carry what you truly need. Inside the bag should be beach essentials (towel, sunscreen, the latest gossip magazine) but don’t forget fashionable accessories too! The Farmer’s Market Tote is a simple shape and durable for those sandy days. The Selima Sun Lou sunglasses have a retro frame and tortoise pattern that pairs with any ensemble. Protect yourself from the harsh sun rays with the Two-Tone Straw Hat, available in straw or sand dune. Rubber flip-flops are a summertime staple, but wear the Leather Capri Sandal and there’s no turning back. The quality leather will last for multiple seasons.

J. Crew Summer Color
There are a number of garments that every woman should pack for a getaway, and they won’t take up all of your suitcase space – the less bulk the better. A lightweight T-shirt, which is often underrated, can be worn to almost any occasion when styled correctly. The available colors are endless. A maxi dress is just as versatile and super easy. Pack a thin sweater for those breezy nights on the beach. Last, but not least, shorts are a must. Denim or chinos are the most weather-appropriate fabrics.

Cheers to a stylish Spring Break. Be sure to check out the Vacation Shop on J.Crew’s website!

This post was brought to you by Kelly Johnston (@kellyfrancess). Read her bio and be sure to tweet to thank her for her wonderful spring break advice! She’s got a great blog too – Head over to Heels & Inspiration now!

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New to Crew featuring ‘Mediately Must-Haves

My most recent visit to J. Crew dot com was delightful. Out of the corner of my eye, scratch that, blatantly plastered across the center of the screen, I saw two beautiful, deeply emotional words…NEW ARRIVALS.

Here are my ‘mediately must-haves. We can call them “Martha’s Mediately Must-Haves”

Nickleby Bib Top

If you would answer yes to: Would you wear a little British boarding school uniform?

Then get excited because: “Our designers were inspired by ’60s-era English boarding school uniforms when creating this sweet popover.”

Silk Serenade Dress


I like the sound of it. I like the look of it. I am most edgy and most elegant. Therefore, I need it. Additionally, “the pebbled texture reflects light beautifully. Finished with an elastic waist for an easy fit, leaving an unstudied yet alluring impression.”

 

Ankle Stretch Toothpick Jean in White Denim

Do you want to look stylish and skinny as a toothpick? I’ve got the jeans for you!

New season, new reason…to love a fresh white jean.

 

 

 

Speaking of new seasons…summer (or spring break) is just around the corner, a very suitable time to buy a new suit. Of the swimming variety of course! Loving the new styles and colors, but this Solid Ruched Betty French Top in Bright Dahlia caught my eye!

My oh my I ‘mediately must have it!

You know the saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? Well…we forgot something old! (As for something borrowed please consult your closest crew.a.holic’s closet.)

As for something old…How about the Medallion Lattice Top from a few seasons back?

$59.99 NWT on eBay.

(Cue eBay commercial song)

Enjoy the old, new, borrowed and Crew with these forward-thinking spring pieces.