10 Spring Break Dress Outfits to Wear On Vacation

It's time to get away — and look cute while you're at it.

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Spring break is the ultimate excuse for a seasonal getaway. Not too long and not too short, these trips practically beg you to create a new vacation identity for yourself, complete with an intriguing backstory and at least half a dozen fresh spring break dress outfits. Whether you're planning on relaxing on a beach, visiting a major city, or exploring a new country with close friends, now is the time to breathe easy, slip on a pair of heels, and spend a week living it up in a series of fun, flirtatious looks.

Spring break dresses and outfits are definitely location-dependent, but that doesn't mean they can't still be inspired by red carpet ensembles and street style stars. Generally, more is more on spring break, so even if you're taking designer cues when planning your spring break dress outfits, the hemlines are bound to be higher and the silhouettes are likely to be a shade more playful. So, if you're ready to show a little skin and live life to the fullest, scroll on for the best spring break dress outfits ever.

The Little White Dress

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An LWD is to a beach vacation what an LBD is to life in the city: absolutely essential. Romantic details like embroidery or floral appliques keep things sweet, even if you're rocking a very daring, thigh-skimming hemline.

Shop similar: R.G. Kane Costa Dress, $320

Flouncy Ruffles

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A romantic dress with ruffles and a bit of playful volume is definitely one that you'll want in your suitcase for spring break. A staple for brunch and cocktail hour, a flouncy floral dress is versatile but still serves major vacation-mode style.

Shop similar: Alice + Olivia Mitzi Floral Eyelet Cutout Minidress, $446 (Originally $595)

A Shirt Dress

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Another style of spring break dress that's subtly seductive and incredibly versatile is the shirt dress. If you don't have a go-to shirt dress already in your wardrobe you can thrift yourself an oversized button-down and belt it at the waist. The vibe says, "I'm on vacation," and you can dress the overall look up or down depending on what accessories you choose. Think strappy sandals for an evening of high-end cocktails in a quaint beach town or a cardigan and a pair of converse for a night on the boardwalk.

Shop similar: Scanlan Theodore Parachute Cotton Shirt Dress, $450

Leather Mini

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Weather can be unpredictable on vacation, so if you're headed to a different city, a leather mini should definitely make your packing list. The styling possibilities of a leather mini dress are practically endless and you can add — or subtract — as many layers as you'd like. Toss on a turtleneck underneath for an overcast day out with friends or wear it solo for a night out clubbing.

Shop similar: M.M. LaFleur The Chloe Dress, $265

Velvet Sleeves

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If you're planning on going out every night of your spring break, you're going to want to pack a spring break dress outfit options that will work even when the weather is acting up. A velvet minidress with sleeves still counts as fun clubwear, but ensures that chilly temps won't keep you from living it up.

Shop similar: Club L London Muse Dress, $56

A Matching Set

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Don't leave home without a matching set tucked safely away in your suitcase. This spring break dress outfit idea works regardless of your vacation plans thanks to the playfulness inherent to the matching set. It's free-spirited and fun, but still exudes a high level of chicness.

Shop similar: Alexis Elmi Top, $398, and Alexis Raffa Mini Skirt, $495

The String Maxi

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The string maxi dress is womenswear's answer to the string bikini. Daring, sultry, and confident, this is definitely a spring break appropriate 'fit that you might not be able to wear on other vacations. Live it up and remember: The more cutouts, the better.

Shop similar: IAmNotBasic Akiko Maxi Dress, $159

A Pop Of Color

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Whether you're jetting off to Paris or kicking back in Miami, your spring break dress outfit checklist won't be complete with a pop of color. The length and fit of your bright dress matter less than its vibrancy. You can show a lot of leg or keep things more conservative, just make sure you're serving a bright, eye-catching shade.

Shop similar: For Love & Lemons Clementine Mini Dress, $248

Cute Cut-Outs

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Nowadays cutouts can be found on all manner of dresses from designer maxis to darling minis to bodycon club 'fits and everything in between. For spring break, regardless of location, a mini dress on the cutout sweet side is a perfect piece of clothing to pack. A cutout mini with a delicate printed pattern will seamlessly transition from day to night.

Shop similar: Lucy In The Sky Gemma Tie Cutout Ruffle And Ruched Dress, $55

A Sheer Maxi

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The fact that sheer clothing is having such a major moment right around spring break means the stars have aligned for you to truly look your best on vacation. Throw

Shop similar: Rumer Rosella Midi Dress, $186 (Originally $309)

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