Spring Break Fashion…at last!

by JennyGrace on April 14, 2011

in Style & Beauty

Now that the sun is finally showing itself, it’s time to finally go deep into my closet and ready all my favorite spring break essentials.

The dark, cold days are over, and I long for a sunny picnic at the park. Here are the go-to items that will get me there:

1.  The sundress.

(Please excuse my background mess – housekeeping is not my specialty)

The dress pictured above was my mother’s in high school. I am not trying to rub it in your face the fact that you can’t get one (neener neener), but instead to illustrate the timelessness of a really good dress.

My mother got this dress when she was sixteen years old.  I started wearing it when I was sixteen years old.

If you find what fits on your body, it will always look good, and I don’t think you have to worry about current top trends.  My favorite dresses, my old reliables, are all nice, washable cotton prints. Because of my body type, I need something that nips in at the waist to show that I have one. This dress is a wrap, so I can bring it in or let it out as I change size and it always fits the shape and drape of my body.

A nice cotton sundress will last you for years, if not decades. And if you get a wrap dress you don’t have to worry about fluctuating sizes!

2. The hat.
New Hat
I bought this hat from Anthropologie last spring. While I normally try to steer away from the steep prices (even though I love Anthro style), I find their hat collection to be totally affordable and very cute.

Plus, I am a chronic loser of sunglasses, and there is nothing quite like the brim of an adorable hat to keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re lounging poolside!

3. The sandals.
Green Born Shoes
I bought these Born sandals last summer. They are fabulously comfortable, built to last, and cute! Of this year’s shoe line, the closest equivalents seem to be either Sora or Crisscross. I like a nice casual sandal that is still of a high enough quality to take care of my delicate feet. Fun colors are an added bonus.

I’m now set for a day at the park, or, even better, a poolside drink with a fancy umbrella, and I have just the right things to pack if I get whisked away, however unlikely that may be.

It’s your turn, what are your spring break essentials?

Jenny Grace has been back in school for a year, raising her son for five, and growing up for twenty nine.  She’s not quite done yet.  Raised amongst goats and chickens on a ranch in the California countryside, she was sent off to high school at a Hindu yoga center, and spent her youth working at her family’s nightclub and bar.  No really, Jenny grew up completely normal. Well, normal for a kid raised by hippies that is.  Shrugging off her patchouli steeped roots, Jenny went on to get a Bachelor’s of Arts in Linguistics and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.  Now she’s working on her Master’s in Accountancy.  Don’t let degrees fool you though; she wastes most of her time with wine and crosswords. Jenny is a cunning linguist, honest beyond reason, and incapable of keeping her mouth shut. You can read more from Jenny Grace on her blog, Miss Disgrace.

KelR April 14, 2011 at 8:43 am

Love, love, love the dress.

Allison April 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

Love the hat!! xoxo

Daisy April 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

My favorite hat is from J.Crew: http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/hatsscarves/PRDOVR~74503/74503.jsp It has enough “room” in the top that when I’m really hot at the pool I can shove all my hair up inside it and keep it off my neck.

Angie April 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

can you please be my full-time stylist? i need you something bad.

Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} April 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

Me too!

Katie April 14, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love the sandals. Cute!

Kristin April 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m with you on sundresses. They are so easy and cute! No trying to put a whole outfit together–bam! you’re done!

briya April 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

I can’t lie, I have a thing for shorts and flip flops. BUT I have lots of cute tops so I don’t look so sloppy?

Jenny Grace April 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

You probably look awesome. I have weird legs; I don’t like shorts.

Audrey April 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

Love those sandals. Need to find a pair.

britni April 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

Will someone please send the summer notification to Oregon? We are still in the grip of 30 degree weather and general winteryness. This is making me want to crank up the living room heater and hang out in my bikini with a pina colada, because lordy knows we won’t be doing that outdoors anytime soon.

Jenny Grace April 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

Okay, but seriously? That sounds like an AWESOME party idea.

Jennifer April 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

The dress is beautiful! Love it :-)

Superjules April 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

But I think that’s mainly because (a) It’s still cold in SF, and (b) I’m stuck inside writing a paper all day.

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