February is a pretty bleak time of the year. It’s cold but it’s no longer the holidays, we’ve barely survived January, and warmer weather seems lightyears away. Luckily, for many of us there’s a little treat known as spring break coming up and if you’re lucky enough to get time off from work or school, you might be jetting off to warmer climates. And if you give a gal a trip, she’s going to ask for a new outfit, or two. Here’s what to wear––and read––based on where you’re going.
If you’re ready to live out your White Lotus fantasy (minus the murders) and headed to Italy, you’ll want to strike the perfect balance between classically chic and la dolce vita. A feminine white one piece suit is a great way to subtly flex your Sicilian tan and add a little extra oomph with sexy lace shorts while you stroll around town. Throw on a dramatic floral dress for dinner and you’ll look just as glamorous as Tanya. While you lounge in the Italian sun, read Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman. It’s the perfect bittersweet love story to read between pasta breaks.
In Maui, you’re gonna be all about the florals in a very ‘90s Malibu Barbie kinda way. Lounge on the beach in a printed strapless bikini with matching ruffled bottoms for a flirty look. Be bold by mixing prints, throwing on a floral cover-up shirt to layer. A mint bodycon dress is a perfect piece to pick up for your trip and throw on over your swimsuit. To read, bring Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, for witty and lighthearted insights into life in your twenties.
In CDMX, you’re gonna want to embrace color, frill, and pattern á la Frida Kahlo. A frilly pink dress with lace and florals will fit right in among the gorgeous architecture and lush greenery. A corset tiered maxi dress is also a packing must for when you’re heading out to dinner or a beautiful park. Add a little bling with a funky snake ring that Frida would definitely approve of. To fit the mood, read The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self Portrait because duh, what else would you read?
First off, if you’re headed to Miami, you’ve gotta prepare by watching The Bird Cage to get in the Miami mindset. After watching that, you’ll understand the assignment. You’re gonna go for color, opulence, and pizazz. A neon color block bikini paired with striped shorts is the perfect way to stroll along the beach (or the club). To dress up, wear a Versace-esque minidress in a bright color that’ll highlight your tan. Read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid for a riveting story full of juicy Hollywood gossip.
We know you might not be headed anywhere for spring break, or may not even have a spring break. That’s okay! If the most exciting part of your week is plopping down on your couch, we’ve still got you covered. To feel a bit more luxe and elevated, a matching pajama set with feathered cuffs is the perfect way to stay chic and cozy. If you’re in the mood for a trip of another kind, you might need some accessories to mellow out. Read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson to be so entertained that you’ll never notice you’re not laying on the beach.