Spring Break Is Around the Corner — Here's What to Pack For Every Getaway
Spring is finally upon us, and that means it's time to prep for spring break. Whether you're heading to the beach or to a big city, your packing strategy should remain the same: bring essentials you can wear again and again, and make sure you've got shoes that are made for walking. You can't forget a good bag, either, whether you just need to fit your passport and a wallet or a towel and a book — also, a pair of chic sunglasses for that coveted vacation anonymity.
Below, you'll find a selection of clothes and accessories that we'll be tossing into our luggage for our spring getaways. Pick up a few, then head out of town — these picks are made for happy travels.
Banana Republic Cotton Cable Knit Sweater
It doesn't matter if you're headed somewhere warm or cool, you'll always need a good cozy sweater. This sumptuous cotton cable knit ($160) will keep you toasty after a day at the beach (paired with an airy silk maxi) or under a leather jacket during long walks in a far-off city. Pick it up in white or the spring-ready "I love blue."
Vince Warren Platform Sneakers
Like we mentioned before, if you're going to be doing a lot of walking, you're going to need some good shoes. These Vince sneakers ($225) deliver on comfort and style. Simply slip them on for a little platform boost and hours of blister-free wear. And don't be scared to pair them with a little dress. They'll work with whatever you've got packed.
Banana Republic Flounce Hem Mini Dress
With ruching at the shoulders, balloon sleeves, and top-stitched side pockets, this dress ($110-$135, originally $180) was built for stylish exploration. We love that you can wear it relaxed or cinched with a belt — and that it comes in so many colors, including vibrant red and leopard-print.
Miu Miu Platform Leather Sandals
When it comes to sandals, pick a pair that'll give you a little bit of height without compromising comfort, like this chunky pair ($695) from Miu Miu. We love that they'd go just as well with a dress as a pair of relaxed jeans. With a thick rubber lug sole, they'll keep you supported, whether you're doing a 10,000-step day in a city or dancing the night away somewhere exotic.
Banana Republic Ribbed Tank Dress
This ribbed tank dress ($90) will work hard in your vacation wardrobe. We love that it folds up nice and small and can be worn with everything from a denim jacket and booties to a simple pair of sandals. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, you'll appreciate the athletic silhouette (perfect for sun-kissed shoulders) and the super-soft material with a touch of spandex stretch.
Johanna Ortiz Beach Bag
When it comes to toting a beach bag, make sure it's actually big enough to carry all the essentials. This one ($495), by Johanna Ortiz, is made of Iraca palm with leather accents, and it will not only hold what you need, it'll look really good in the process.
Banana Republic Heritage Leather Belt Bag
For big-city trips, keep yourself hands-free with this beautifully crafted leather belt bag ($120). Pop it around your waist with your phone and wallet, then head out for a day of shopping. Saving your arm strength for all your new treats is always a good idea.
Cult Gaia Yaro Knit Dress
If you're packing for a beach vacation, you'll want a cover-up that'll take you from the room to the sand to the cafe for lunch. This knit tank dress ($328) will do just the trick — and have you looking endlessly chic with the vibrant summer-ready orange.