Spend spring break in style

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Bright colors, minimalist whites, and accessories are great things to look for when shopping for clothing for spring break. (Photo illustration by George Walker | The Collegian)

When shopping for spring break, college students want to buy what’s in style now. But will some of the trendy clothes bought now be overlooked on your closet hanger by summer? Here is a guide to efficient spring break shopping – what to buy that will be in style both now and throughout the summer.


According to the WGSN Trend Forecasting website, the forecast for pantone colors this season include a variety of light, opaque pastels mixed in with solid bolds. Triangles, summer stripes, filtered florals and gingham are patterns to be on the look out for.

Katherine Polston, instructor of apparel design, said that formal tailoring elements in women’s wear will be in style in addition to an updated 1970s vintage look.

“Look for bright colors contrasted with minimalist white, and maintain an emphasis on footwear and accessories as punctuation marks in outfits,” Polston said.


For those spring breakers vacationing to the beach, purchasing the latest swimwear can become a necessity. Vintage lovers might want to sport the 1950s modernized look of the high-waisted bottoms matched with a long-line triangle top. Someone going for a more “sporty feel” should purchase a suit with a multi-strap top, mesh inserts or horizontal cut outs.

Blocking and binding is an emerging trend in swimwear for this spring and summer. Color-blocking focuses on female bandeau-styled bikinis comprised of loud, solid colors, outlined in black on a neoprene textile.

Allison Vahling, senior in apparel and textile and president of the Apparel Marketing and Design Alliance, said she is favorable of the latest trend.

“I personally am a fan of the multi-straps and color blocking for swimwear in particular because summer is a fun, colorful time,” Vahling said. “Both of those trends really play to the excitement of summer.”

Brands like Triangl, River Island, Victoria’s Secret and N.L.P., are popular sources selling the sporty-chic look this season. These brands come with excellent quality, but can be pricey as well.

Triangl, specifically, is an exceptional Australian swimwear line, but ranges in prices $79-$89 with an additional standard shipping rate of $20. Shoppers on a simpler kind of budget should check out aliexpress.com as an alternative. The site sells equally trendy Triangl neoprene swimsuits for a quarter of the price in addition to free shipping.

Spring breakers that plan on going somewhere a little colder should consider dressing comfortable and cozy in layers. Gabrielle Burman, manager at Fortuity, plans on going to Dallas this spring break.

“I plan on wearing a lot of lightweight, oversized sweaters with shorts, chunky socks and booties during the day,” Burman said.

For those vacationing in a colder area, Burman said she recommends wearing blanket scarves, lace-up booties and knee-high socks.

Those who plan on dressing comfortable should consider purchasing garments that contain a loose, yet fitted silhouette. For example, denim knits with wide necklines are perfect for a casual day-look. If you’re dressing for a night out, deep-V plunging necklines are also becoming common when incorporated in mini-dresses and jumpsuits. Neutral colored floppy hats are also in style and can be dressed up or dressed down.

So, whenever you shop for spring break this year, keep these trends in mind and dress with confidence and style.

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