Whether you’ve pinned your Miami plane ticket to the cubicle wall, or fluffed up your down jacket in preparation for the slopes, Metro has assembled a list of March break must-haves to make your suitcase shortlist.

For the sunward bound, this season is all about legs and knowing how to use them. Holt Renfrew’s style guru, Barbara Atkin, offers a few tips on how to wear minis — and not let them wear you.

“This season we saw a contest of short, shorter and shortest across the runway, a trend that works perfectly with a warmer climate and looks great with a tan,” she says. However, “make sure to pack a nude shoe to elongate your leg when you show them off in the season’s shorter silhouettes.”


Pair your mini with nude Stuart Weitzman pumps and an oversized white tank top to emphasize your lower extremities. And keep in mind: the mini trend extends to your accoutrements as well.

“Ladylike accessories made a big statement this season,” adds Atkin, “so leave your oversized purse at home and opt for smaller, more refined bags to keep your essentials close to you.”

If the combination of sunshine and all those tanned, bare legs leaves you squinting for mercy, make sure to protect your eyes with oversized shades. Bold, round shapes and metallics are in for spring, but pick a pair that gives UVA protection as well as style.

Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you. Your pants may be a little longer in the leg, but not shorter on style. Try khaki shorts along with a comfortable white linen shirt to keep cool.

Or if you plan on hitting the waves, you can’t go wrong with classic blue trunks, but make sure to cover your delicate snowbird scalp with an oversized hat that will leave you with plenty of change in your tequila fund.

For those trading one snow bank for another, think warm but flattering outwear.

Law student Elise Fatourechi is planning to visit her boyfriend in Switzerland, and her must-have, fittingly enough, is a tailored boyfriend jacket.

“Boyfriend jackets are so versatile, and you can pair them with anything,” she says. “They’re easy and light, so you can throw a bunch of them in your suitcase, and mix and match.”

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