Bringing back retro spring break style

Take a trip to paradise! Load up the Bel Air, throw on some Best Coast and pack these 50s-inspired spring break essentials:

1. High-waisted swimsuit: Get those beach-y vibes going retro style. The adorable “room and diving board” two-piece ($100) and “beach blanket bingo” two-piece ($90) are wonderfully Grace Kelly-esque (both at If you’re more into one-piece suits, American Apparel has got you covered with their nylon tricot halter one-piece ($50). If you want to make a whole look of it, throw on a skinny belt over your suit and you’ll be the queen of Acapulco.

2. Cat eye/wayfarer shades: Don’t be a square when it comes to your sunnies, honey! Throw Nasty Gal’s tortoiseshell prowl shades ($18) on those peepers. If you’re more into wayfarers, the Wallis sunglasses ($18 at Need Supply Co.) are somewhere between classic-Americana and contemporary-awesomesauce. So basically they’re the bees knees.

3. Straw beach bag: Leave the backpack at home! Tote your towels in something hip and functional that will preferably never be used for textbooks. The 59-Seconds heart-print straw bag ($11 at, mar y sol Havana stripe tote ($120 at Bloomingdale’s) or Tantra large fabric bag ($52 at are some of my favorite picks.

4. Nautical sundress: Nautical was like, this huge trend in the 40s and 50s. The “cute clipper dress” from ($105) is like the absolute perfect 50s-style find. Looking to modify an adorable sundress you already have? Check out my how-to from last week!


What are your spring break essentials? Do you want to be featured in March’s style profile? Were these dumb 50s slang words rattling your cage? Tweet me your style and corny-expression woes @pinsandplats!