Whoever had the idea of Spring Break is a genius. They must’ve known how desperately we all need a breather between the busyness of Christmas and the end of the school year (and how much we want to enjoy the beautiful, blooming outdoors after being stuck inside all winter!). Whether we’re in school, have children in school, or are just stuck on school time from years of being a student, waiting until summer for a getaway is just not an option for the mental health of many of us!
Getting your to-do list under control before you leave town is huge. And let me guess–packing is at the very bottom of that list, because, quite honestly, it doesn’t sound very fun. But it can be! Packing can actually be a therapeutic way of entering vacation mode before you even leave the driveway, especially when you approach it as self-care and a means to looking and feeling your best in a special or exotic location. We’re here to help so that the excitement of travel is not overshadowed by the daunting task of packing.
Our Easy, Breezy Travel Package includes an initial consult (phone or in person) to discuss your needs. We then follow up with support based around you: either a personal shopping session where we shop together or provide looks for you to consider via email, or provide virtual support through online shopping with a customized style guide and links for you to browse and purchase recommended looks online. We’ll even come to your home and help you pack selected items into your luggage so all you have to do is zip up and go!
We actually offer this service year-round (see example outfits above), even though it seems especially appropriate for Spring Break, so we can customize a package to help you dress and pack for whatever your travel plans may be–business trip, vacation of a lifetime, or brief holiday. A sneak peek of what this service entails: below, we’ve curated some of our easy, breezy must-haves that we’re most definitely packing for a beach or warmer weather trip. Teaser alert: we’re not bringing along our usual, worn-out pool clothes.
On a beach trip, swimwear is your uniform, and we suggest taking a few different styles to satisfy your practical and aesthetic whims for each day. One-pieces are back in in a big way (and we hope they stay there!), and adding a little sass via straps and prints is an interesting way to elevate a basic cut. We are also loving the tankini tops and high-waist bottoms to gain extra coverage while staying in two-piece territory.
1. Tie-back One-piece Swimsuit in Leopard Print (Ivory Black Pink) by J. Crew
2. Game One-Piece Swimsuit in Two Tone Black & Silver by Reifhaus
3. Jamie Top & Bottom in Pink Basket Weave by Solid and Striped
4. Quinn Top & Bottom in Black by Solid and Striped
We typically recommend keeping your cover-ups in fairly neutral colors, just so they are versatile and go with all styles and colors of swimwear, but that’s not to say a pop of color can’t be appropriate, too. We also like the idea of being able to take a cover-up from day to night, with an option for the casual shrimp basket and fries or the waterside nice dinner, or repurpose with sneakers for a comfy travel day.
1. Side Ruched Body-Con Dress in Olive Sarma by Treasure & Bond, Nordstrom
2. Cotton Voile Eyelet Tunic in White by J. Crew
3. Lucille Cover-Up in Black & White by Mara Hoffman, Anthropologie
Being on the beach doesn’t always mean 80-degree weather when it’s March, so just like transitional dressing in our everyday climate, layering up is a good idea. When traveling, it’s essential to have a few tops in varying weights and coverage that you could peel off or put back on during the plane ride to your destination, as well as lounging by the pool on cool spring nights.
1. V-neck Camisole Top in Cream by H&M
2. Palisades Off the Shoulder Top in Grey by Free People, Nordstrom
3. Patchwork Open-Front Poncho Cardigan Sweater in Dark Night by Gap
Just like tops, having varying weights and lengths of bottoms will equip you with everything you need to stay warm or cool at the beach, where the sun can be scorching and the coastal breeze can be chilly. Having a pair of pull-on short or drawstring pants makes getting dressed as easy as Sunday morning.
1. Pull-On Shorts in Birch Leaf by Madewell
2. Wrap Front Midi Skirt in White by Urban Outfitters
3. Wide Leg Crop Drawstring Pants in Chambray by Loft
A cute pair of sneakers will take you far. We imagine them jogging through the airport or wandering the shops of Seaside, Florida, with a soft tee dress. It’s important to also have a pair of flip-flops that are easy to wash sand out of, and a pair of heels or wedges that dress up your shorts or pants for a fun night out.
1. Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge in Blush Suede by Marc Fisher Ltd, Nordstrom
2. Metallic Leather Capri Sandals in Gold by J. Crew
3. Esplar Low Sneakers in Embroidered Daisies by Madewell x Veja
What goes inside your beach bag is just as important as the bag itself! Kindle and sunscreen, scoot over. Make room for a fabulous floppy straw hat and pair of tortoise-print sunglasses. The beach bag is a great accessory to play with when it comes to shapes and colors, or get theme-y with a whimsical clutch for post-beach perusing.
1. Fish Minaudiére in Blue by Zara
2. Fortaleza Straw Tote in Neutral by Mar y Sol, Bloomingdale’s
3. Floppy Straw Sun Hat in Black Combo by Old Navy
4. Satya Sunglasses in Light Pink by Banana Republic
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