More than 50% of college students go on vacation for spring break.
Amid the excitement of turning in your last paper, booking an early flight time, and coming up with a great story to tell your parents, there is the cumbersome job of packing.
Too many wardrobe changes will give you a suitcase so heavy you will need a nap as soon as you smell the salt air. Too few options and your friends might chuckle at the number of times they’ve seen your shorts.
What are some versatile beach outfits that will move you from day to night in grace and style? Here are five breezy ideas.
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1. Pin-Striped Shorts and Graphic Tees
This soon-to-be classic combo features high-waisted shorts paired with casual T-shirts that are emblazoned with eye-catching logos and slogans. This year’s T’s come in bright colors, camo, and more.
Your graphic T-shirt can also serve to keep your floral skirt from looking too girly. It can work when worn along with a leather mini-skirt and edgy heels for a rockin’ evening look. You can even pair it with your jeans for shopping and lunching along the boardwalk.
Your pin-striped shorts will glide effortlessly into evening activities when paired with a silky off-the-shoulder top. It will also look great with polka-dots, stripes, or a shirt in the same color family.
If you are searching for some workin’ gear, the shorts will work great worn with a button-down shirt and casual sweater for something a little more polished and professional.
2. Cropped T-Shirts
Cropped T-shirts have recently become popular as a not-so-covered cover-up for swimsuits. Yet they can also be dressed up with some palazzo pants and artsy jewelry for evening.
Loose-fitting crop tops look great with high-waisted pants or shorts. Tie-fronts provide a sweet, summery look.
When choosing your crop-top, be sure select a style that ends just above your natural waistline. This will highlight the narrowest part of your torso and make you look slimmer, no matter what your body type.
Tighter crop tops look better with looser-fitting shorts or pants. Pairing them with tight bottoms will send off a look-at-me vibe that you want to avoid.
The jumpsuit has made more than a comeback. It is an easily packable all-in-one outfit that makes you look streamlined and put-together. Those of us on the petite order know the elongating value of a single color pattern from head to toe.
Today’s jumpsuits can be floral in the daytime for a sun-kissed, Bohemian look. They can be worn with wedges or gladiator sandals to add some casual cool. This spring’s daytime styles also include ruffles, patterns, and asymmetrical lines.
A kimono-style dinner jumpsuit with heels is a beautiful look for a dinner date. It can be paired with a blazer in the event of a chilly evening breeze.
Wide-leg jumpsuits should always be worn with heels. You do not want to look like you are sinking into the floor.
The trick with jumpsuits is to define your waist, either with the cloth belt it comes with or your own cincher. They shouldn’t be too tight, or too loose-fitting.
If you are trying on your first jumpsuit, start with a solid color for minimum styling. Once you are comfortable, you can begin experimenting with patterns and lines.
The key is to choose a style that is tailored, but not so snug that your whole body is visible. The right fit can be worn in any color or pattern. You should also beware of any unflattering fabric-bunching around your derriere.
4. Denim Skirts
This season’s denim skirts come in dark prints and A-lines that will flatter any figure. Pair it with an off-the-shoulder blouse and wedge heels for a great evening vibe.
Denim skirts look great in the daytime with solid-color tank tops or floral linen tops. Try them with metallic accessories or a knotted belt.
On the beach, you can pair your skirt with a clean white T-shirt and sandals.
Denim skirts can also transition comfortably into a professional environment, especially if your workplace is casual or creative.
Think about a denim pencil-skirt with no rips or distressing. You can add a ladylike blouse or a chunky sweater when the weather is cool. A skinny belt, pointy flats, or ankle boots will let everyone know you are ready for business.
The denim skirt looks fun and flirty when paired with knee-high boots and a pretty blouse for date night. Investing in one that complements your figure is well worth it.
5. Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses look great on every body type. Once you get the hang of folding the panel in, weaving your belt through the hole, and pinning the dress together, you will be wearing it all the time. Wrap-dresses are both comfortable and adjustable.
This year’s wraps have a sexy touch with plunging necklines.
You can add coordinating sandals and tassel earrings for a breezy, boho look during the day. A t-shirt underneath or a crossbody bag scream “I’m not trying, but I’m gorgeous anyway.” Sneakers and a woven bag are also great daytime accessories.
Wrap-dresses transition easily into evening-wear. Just add a pair of strappy heels and sparkling jewelry. You can also wear it kimono-style with jeans and knee-high boots.
Choose Your Beach Outfits Wisely
Wearable beach outfits such as graphic t-shirts, jumpsuits, and wrap dresses will keep you transitioning from steamy days to balmy nights in comfort and style.
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