Dress for wherever your break takes you
Weâve been waiting for it, craving it, praying for it and finally itâs so close that we can touch it: spring break. For one glorious week, USC students will get time off from studying, attending mundane classes and dealing with extracurriculars. For one week, we can forget about that stupid thing called âresponsibilityâ and just … breathe.
The big problem, however, is that somewhere between the midterms, papers and general lack of sleep, most of us havenât had time to think about what to bring on our little adventures. Folks, spring break is three days away â itâs time to lay down the law and get crackinâ.
So whether youâre planning on partying in Cabo or exploring Europe (or even heading home for some much-needed family time), Iâll be breaking down the basics of what you need to pack in order for your vacation to be as relaxing as possible.
Headed to: balmy paradise
If you plan on playing into the college-student cliche of turning Florida or Mexico into your own personal playground, be sure you know what youâre getting into. And, please, for the sake of your friends and family: Stay safe.
Now that the obligatory safety message has been stated, letâs get to the dirty work.
Bathing suits. Yes, for some reason, someone decided that tight one-pieces in the â40s werenât quite sexy enough. So, basically the Devil decided to make bikinis the new thing.
It might sound ridiculous, and you might not believe me, but everyone has swimsuit insecurities. Even that chick with the six-pack still thinks that her chest looks flat in her string bikini.
Instead of shaking in your flip-flops, itâs time to embrace your beautiful body. If you donât want to wear a two-piece, then donât. Itâs that simple. You should feel comfortable in what youâre wearing.
Look around you: There are plenty of adorable â and even sexy â one-pieces thatâll knock anyoneâs socks off as well as keep you super comfortable and confident.
Vintage is in. So look to old photos of Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren to spark some inspiration. Stores such as Everything But Water and Victoriaâs Secret have affordable, cute and long-lasting one-pieces thatâll have both the boys and your wallet hollering in excitement. If youâre larger chested: Congratulations. But donât forget that the girls can easily droop. Try to gravitate toward a smaller size so that you get the support that you need.
Whatever you do, please try to stay away from those tacky leopard prints and blinged-out suits. And guys: Ed Hardy is not a real designer. Stay away.
Headed to: The Cold War
Finding yourself skiing at Big Bear? Cavorting around Europe? Well, youâre in for a surprise. Turns out not everywhere in the world has beautiful 75 degree weather. Make sure to bring a nice coat thatâll work during the day and at night, and can be layered over sweaters easily.
Though coats come in a variety of colors and patterns, the most important thing to keep in mind is fit. Coats should never be so big that youâre swimming in it, or so small that you can barely bend your arms. Girls often forget the importance of a cinched-in waist to reveal your shape. And guys usually just gravitate towards the puffy down jackets of our middle school youth. Itâs time to grow up, everyone: Invest in a coat that is comfortable, makes you look great and that youâll keep forever.
Big spenders: Head over to Burberry to get a classic trench that youâll always love. For those less inclined to drop 800 bucks on a beautifully cut piece of fabric, look for a coat that still aims to flatter. Neutral colors will make the coat last. Remember: Trends come and go, but a classic is forever.
And donât forget to pack a few scarves and a pair of gloves. People often underestimate how cold the world can get. Donât think that just because youâll be skiing or snowboarding or taking long tours of the Sistine Chapel that youâll sweat the cold away. Weâve been in Los Angeles for months now and are too used to beautiful weather. Mother Nature is a b-tch, so get used to it.
Headed to: Home Sweet Home
If youâre headed home, youâre in luck. You need to pack absolutely nothing. Just bring home a bag of laundry to throw at your parents.
Sheridan Watson is a junior majoring in Critical Studies. Her column âA Stitch In Timeâ runs Tuesdays.