I've never gone anywhere tropical for spring break. My humble, suburban, small-town abode is (and always was) the hotspot destination for my week off from school. But with the rise of social media — Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Instagram Stories... the whole shebang— I've lived vicariously through friends, family and acquaintances as they take on the week by posting an abundance of images and statuses about their experiences and excursions on their beach vacay's.
While I appreciate the social media dedication that these spring break-goers bear, I have noticed the overwhelming amount of corny graphic one-pieces, tattered denim cutoffs, and sorority adorned tees that are worn. While that's all fine-and-dandy, I think it's time for these party-people to branch out of the typical, and embrace stylish looks this spring break.
If I lived in Los Angeles, or traveled to sunny and sand-filled destinations frequently I would most definitley invest in a bathing suit. But nonetheless, I hardly go to the beach and Chicago's weather is so unpredictable that "summer" might not encompass temperatures above 60-degrees or sunny skies. But if you're someone who regularly vacations to beach-driven destinations — like L.A., the Hamptons, or the Florida beaches — investing in a timeless yet chic bathing suit might be for you. Forget the cheaply made suits from your favorite discount (and unethical) store, and throw in a few extra bucks for a suit that you'll not only rock, but will last you more than one vacation.
IF YOU LIKE BIKINI'S...
The bikini is a classic and typical choice for spring breakers. Instead of looking like every other girl in an all black triangle-style ensemble, opt for a fun-colored and printed alternative.
IF YOU LIKE ONE-PIECES...
Personally, I'm a strong advocate for a one piece bathing suit. I think they're classy, and show just the right amount of skin without being too revealing — plus they're more comfortable and wedgie-proof. But instead of sporting a one piece that reads "TURN UP" or sorority "CHI TEA LATTE," try a suit that features a fun color palette and an intricate design.
The clothes you wear over your suit are just as important as the suit itself. But instead of adorning your bod with a cropped top and ripped booty shorts, a breezy kimono or an 'easy-to-throw-on' slip dress are great and unique alternatives to the pieces that all the other girls partying in Siesta Key are wearing. Not only are kimonos and slip dresses a beach must-have, but they also double as the perfect going out pieces — think a kimono paired with jeans and strappy sandals, and a slip dress with wooden-heeled platforms. Instead of wasting your (or your parents) hard-earned cash on tacky tees, these two options will have you feeling like a beach babe beyond the one-week break.
IF YOU WANT A FLOWY KIMONO...
A kimono is the perfect alternative to a typical swimsuit cover-up because they can be worn on both the street and the beach. They're a great sand-to-land statement option that is classier than a crop top and a lot more comfortable.
IF YOU WANT A DELICATE DRESS...
A slip dress is a lightweight intricate substitute to the 90s must-have terry cloth cover-up. Slip dresses are my ultimate favorite piece that doubles as a dress to wear to dinner, and over your suit at the beach.