Campus Style: Spring into a stylish break

Midterms leave many students wound in an uncontrollable fit of stress, and fashion tends to unfortunately fail to make the weekly to-do list.

At the end of the seemingly infinite tunnel of papers and exams comes a breath of fresh air and an overdue spring break.
Better yet, the heavenly week off is an opportunity to experiment with a new season of style and a line of clothes specifically for vacation — resort wear.

Wherever your travels take you, somewhere sunny or the comforts of home sweet home, keep fashion in mind. Based on some popular destinations and designer inspirations, here are some tips for filling a suitcase and staying stylish.

There’s no place like home

Because 95 percent of students at the College are from N.J., many will voyage across the Garden State to their hometowns for the week. So, what to pack? Exercise-inspired clothing appeals to those in for a week of relaxation while still taking advantage of the spring color palette. Pack lots of leggings, breathable fabrics with coordinating colors. The resort line designed by Derek Lam brings the sports element into the mix without working up too much of a sweat with easy-to-move shift dresses and lots of layers.

Brighten up for spring break with neons and athletic wear. (style.com)

 Cancun and Miami — Bring on the sun

The warm sun and rising temperatures make this destination a no-brainer for college students. Pack the bag with bold, bright prints that N.J. weather doesn’t always allow. Take orange straight-legged pants and pair them with a complementary turquoise or blue tank. You’ll be ahead of the game, as orange is a trending color in many Fall 2012 lines. The resort wear collection by Carlos Miele demonstrates how to pair this hard-to-wear color with other neons and beachy shades like sea foam.

If you’re feeling brave on break in these sunny vacation spots, try out the bra-top trend. Wear a super-cropped tank or bikini top under a button-up or sweater.

Fort Lauderdale and by the boat

The yacht capital of the world requires an ensemble of nautical measures. When in doubt, stick to a color palette of blues, whites and tans. Two must-haves for sailing destinations are navy and white stripes and a tailored white button-down. Keep all packing extremely simple with ensembles based on one color like white, head-to-toe. Some essentials may include khaki shorts, light knit sweaters and to stick with the theme, a pair of boat shoes. If you need inspiration, travel over to J.Crew’s website and take a look at their looks. Many of these items can be found at local stores near the College and won’t break the bank.

Spring break is a time to relax from the stress of school, so breathe easy, snap some vacation pictures and pack smart.