What to Pack For the Best Spring Break Ever

Hot-climate must-haves that let you hang on to your cold, hard cash.

Morgan McMullen

Compiling a perfect spring break wardrobe boils down to a mix of romantic tops, comfortable pants, and loud accessories. If you're lucky enough to go on spring break, you might as well do it big. Here, a list of every wardrobe and travel essential you should be taking with you. And, if there's still room in your suitcase afterwards and you're headed somewhere beautiful, please feel free to slide into my DMs.

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Chic Denim Shorts
A.P.C. shopbop.com

Give your denim short game a modern upgrade with this sleek, universally flattering pair from A.P.C.. These look sharp with just about every type of top, too, which is a major rarity for denim shorts. 

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LPA Sofi Heel in Pink
LPA revolve.com

Chic, flirty, and surprisingly really comfortable, these crocodile-print mules from cool-girl brand LPA will bring a fashionable flare of color to any of your warm-weather evening ensembles. 

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Turbo Shell Earrings
Catbird catbirdnyc.com

A playful take on seashell jewelry, we're thankful these sculptural hoops won't require us to shell out a lot of cash. 

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A Colorful Halter Swimsuit
& Other Stories stories.com

This swimsuit's juxtaposition of minimalist design with bright, feel-good colors is an easy-breezy vibe well suited for a laid-back trip. 

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A Floral-Print Bikini Set
Faithfull The Brand net-a-porter.com

The dainty florals on this bikini set will look gorgeous against whichever tropical or nautical backdrop they grace. The top looks effortlessly romantic when paired with a flowy skirt, too. 

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A Breezy Skirt
Reformation thereformation.com

This slim skirt with a daisy print practically radiates sunshine and good vibes. 

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A Fashionable Top That Goes With Everything
LPA revolve.com

Allow me to introduce you to the puffy-sleeved poplin top you're going to want to wear everyday during vacation. 

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A Multipurpose Accessory
H&M hm.com

Channel the Grace Kelly within through a nostalgic springtime accessory that triples as a scarf, headband, and hairband.  

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani Beauty sephora.com

To create a dewey, naturally sun-kissed glow, Giorgio Armanio’s easy-to-apply, weightless highlighter is worth the splurge. One of three makeup products I rarely leave my house without (the others being chapstick and YSL's under-eye concealer), I can personally attest to why this stuff has a cult-following.

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A Sunscreen Set
SUPERGOOP! nordstrom.com

Sunscreen is the greatest defense against aging and is vital for time spent outside. Perfect for travel, this set from the sunscreen brand unanimously loved by the internet includes a weightless and colorless SPF 40 sunscreen that reduces the size of pores, a water-resistant SPF 50, and an SPF 50 setting mist that sets makeup and controls oil and shine.

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A Leg Sculpting Moisturizer
Sol de Janeiro sephora.com

If you're self-conscious about your flabby bits (which everybody has, on a side note), Sol de Janeiro's all-over body cream visibly improves the elasticity of skin. There's a reason why this stuff has over 2,341 five-star reviews on Sephora. 

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A Hair Regeneration Travel Kit
Christophe Robin net-a-porter.com

To make leaning into 'vacation hair' a less frizzy and tortured endeavor, I can't recommend this hair regeneration set from Christophe Robin enough. The set includes a mask that helps restore coloration and add immediate shine, an intense regenerating balm, and a shampoo, all of which are infused with prickly pear oil--a rare ingredient with powerful restorative antioxidants.

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A Delightful and Subtly Sensual Perfume
Malin + Goetz malinandgoetz.com

Asking for a friend: Is it possible to be addicted to a perfume? This new scent from Malin + Goetz evokes the clean and subtly sensual feeling of being fresh out of the shower and frolicking through a field of flowers. I couldn't stop smelling my wrist the first week I wore it because I love it so much.

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A Denim Jumpsuit
Lovers + Friends revolve.com

Behold a denim jumpsuit that does it all: a fun night out, a laid-back excursion around town, and a romantic dinner--all while exuding the least amount of effort.

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A Co-Ord Set With a Cropped Tank
Lovers + Friends urldefense.proofpoint.com

Always chic and especially apt for travel, co-ord sets make mix-and-match options a breeze. This set's springtime take on tweed exudes effortless poshness. 

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Sophisticated Trousers That Can Also Party
Lovers + Friends revolve.com

Flirty when worn with its coordinated tank and professional when paired with a blouse once you're back in the office, these tweed trousers are a versatile investment. 

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Sophisticated Sandals
Ancient Greek Sandals net-a-porter.com

There's a reason why you're seeing the brand Ancient Greek Sandals pop up everywhere this season: their Italian crafted sandals are beyond comfortable and super chic. Yeah, the price is up there, but they'll last you many a spring breaks to come. 

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A Cheeky Basic T-shirt
H&M hm.com

My vacation mantra. Also, my vacation diet. 

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A Packable Straw Fedora
Rag & Bone nordstrom.com

At long last, meet a travel-friendly fedora that can leave a suitcase in the same shape as it entered. 

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A Sunshiny Beach Tote
Hat Attack shopbop.com

Elevate your beachwear game with a chic tote that's spacious enough to carry all of your aquatic and sun tanning needs (sans towel). Without feeling bulky, it comfortably holds sunscreen, a good book, and your rolled-up cover up. 

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A Fun Printed Dress
Wilfred aritzia.com

Featuring the perfect leopard print (and please note that I take don't take any monkey business when it comes to animal print), this dress features a feminine waist tie and works just as perfectly during the day as it does at night.

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A Carry-On
Away awaytravel.com

 You're going to need a place to put all your things, so make it Away's bigger carry-on that fully lives up to its Instagram hype.  The spacious carry-on comes with an ejectable battery and has built-in organization compartments that Marie Kondo would approve of.

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Cat-Eye Shades
Lucy Folk net-a-porter.com

Inspired by the cat-eye frames worn in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 Lolita, these shades from Australian designer Lucy Folk are a work of art in their own right. Handmade in Italy, the aptly named Slice of Heaven acetate frames feature gold-tone details and have a marbled finish. 

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Mirrored Round Frame Sunglasses
& Other Stories stories.com

For those who easily lose their sunglasses easily but don't want to settle for something cheap, we suggest this failsafe pair from & Other Stories. They feature mirrored lenses too, which makes them perfect for shielding you from the paps. 

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Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up
Tommy Bahama nordstrom.com

Cut like the boxy boyfriend shirt of our dreams from a light and gauzy material, I proudly present what I'd argue is the chicest and most appropriately priced cover-up on the internet right now. 

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The Nina belted swimsuit
Solid & Striped net-a-porter.com

A flattering black one piece is a smart investment for any trip that calls upon being in close proximity to water.

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Wireless and Waterproof Speakers
Bose amazon.com

With the highest quality base of any compact-sized speaker, Bose's wireless and waterproof micro bluetooth-enabled speaker is well-suited for trips on the slopes and by the ocean. Bring it to the beach on spring break and you'll be the real MVP of your friend group. 

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Tropical Lingerie Set
The Lazy Poet net-a-porter.com

There's something so relaxing and luxurious about  wearing a matching pajama set. Indulge in a set that was practically made for an island getaway. 

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