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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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!