Style Essentials For a Sunny Spring Break

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Spring may have officially arrived last week, but for those of us in the northern states, the prospect of days at the beach are still a long ways away—unless you go on a spring break, of course! We're day-dreaming of warmer climates and leaving our cell phones behind (well, at least on silent) for one of these destinations: the Outer Banks, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. (What's spring break without a trip across the border?) These sunny spots are each distinct in flavor and style, as are each of the looks below! Whether your taste is classic, trendy, or boho, these summery outfits will inspire you for the warmer months ahead. We're almost there!

OUTER BANKS//

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1. Chambray, Joe Fresh, $29 / 2. Sunglasses, TOMS, $139 / 3. Bathing Suit, Anthropologie, $98 / 4. Shorts, Uniqlo, $30 / 5. Bag, Mango, $60 / 6. Sandals, Piperlime, $110

Although North Carolina is part of the South, the Atlantic coastline brings a classic, chic feel to the area. This pretty paisley-printed halter suit with a ruffled neckline is feminine and preppy in a sophisticated way. A dusty gray chambray top and seersucker Bermuda shorts with Jack Rogers Navajo sandals are perfect for a cool evening stroll on the sand.

MIAMI//

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1. Cover-up, Athleta, $69 / 2. Bathing Suit, Anthropologie, $161 / 3. Sunglasses, TOMS, $119 / 4. Bag, Sole Society, $60 / 5. Sandals, J.Crew, $78

Bright, punchy poppy colors capture the high energy of Miami. This mod, color-blocked strapless suit is both classic and trendy. Pair with a fun and comfy hot pink cover-up, sleek metallic sandals, and a graphic black-and-white beach tote; you're set to hit the pool and make a splash.

PUERTA VALLARTA//

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1. Kimono, Dorothy Perkins, $39 / 2. Sunglasses, TOMS, $179 / 3. Bathing Suit, Anthropologie, $158 / 4. Shorts, GAP, $50 / 5. Bag, Forever 21, $30 / 6. Sandals, Target, $20

Tranquilo is the name of the game. Your outfit should be laid-back and relaxed. A trip to Mexico is all about savoring the sun, beaches, flavors, and culture. This fab black maillot suit with a desert rose print captures the city's free-spirited style. With a great pair of boyfriend denim shorts, a breezy white kimono, and brown strappy sandals, all you need is a margarita to take in the sunset.