spring break style

Loose, sheer and flowy styles, like these from the 2011 Cynthia Rowley resort collection, are perfect for warm spring break getaways. Photo: Andy Kropa, Getty Images

Still hard to make out that ray of warm sunlight at the end of winter's dreary tunnel? Maybe a spring break getaway to a tropical resort, a mountain ski vacation or a sight-seeing trip to the big city will help cut the chill in the air.

Your travel plans? Booked. Now it's time to decide what to wear.

"I encourage women to dress up when they're on vacation," fashion guru and "My Body, My Style" host Sam Saboura tells StyleList. "When you're getting away, it's fun to play with your style and try something a little more eclectic. No one knows who you are, so no one is going to judge you when you're on spring break."

And, style expert Lindsay Albanese advises, when packing, remember comfort is key.

"Breathable fabrics like cotton and knits are great for warmer weather," she tells StyleList. "Also, fabrics that are less wrinkle-prone are ideal. Anything micro-fiber, cotton blend or fabric with Lycra in it are great."

We asked Saboura and Albanese for their best spring break style tips. Wish we were going there with you. Don't forget to write!

Show skin, but be smart about it. "We're coming out of winter and people are ready to shed their heavy, baggy clothes, so it's fun to show a little skin" Saboura says. "But for those of us who have been avoiding the gym in the last few months, it's all about showing skin strategically. Women should show the best part of their arm, and maybe keep the upper arms covered. I'm a firm believer in a fun spring break, where you can be sexy and provocative, but I think it's better to layer with lightweight sheer layers -- a huge trend for spring -- where you see the silhouettes of the body instead of just giving it all away."

Beach basics: "Bring dresses -- maxi or short," Albanese says. "They are perfect because you can easily throw them on and feel cute and comfortable. Havaiana flip flops are also a must-have. They are soft rubber, and they come in any color your heart desires."

Cover-up clues: "Cover-ups are essential for spring break and you want to find styles that do double duty," Saboura says. "A sheer, off-the-shoulder layering tee looks great over a bathing suit, but you can also wear it out at night over a tank top. ... A tunic is also great because you get coverage over your bum and thighs at the pool, but then you can pair it with a cute pair of pants for evening and look really sophisticated."

Cue the white-hot disco: "A huge trend for spring is the '70s, and halters are everywhere," Saboura says. "Halters are a wonderful way to show off a little hint of tan and can be dressed up at night. White, another big trend for the season, is pretty on a beach but it's also gorgeous at night. Instead of just a white dress, try dressing in layers of white -- an outfit of a great sheer white top with a white tank underneath and a flow-y, white pant has more personality."

City selections: "Always pack a cardigan or a lightweight trench for cool temperatures in the evening or by the water," Albanese says. "I also recommend a comfortable, stylish sneaker for running around -- I like Puma and Converse. You can also try a maxi dress with a denim jacket. Layering is important when traveling to the city."

"I think you want to step it up when you're in a city, especially when you're going out at night," Saboura says. "I love a little hint of faux fur for evening. It's urban and chic and can you can layer it over a pair of jeans to instantly dress up your outfit. And bring one little bit of sparkle. For women who aren't into sparkle, go to lace. If you want to play it safe, a beautiful lace top and a pair of slim jeans and a heel is a fabulous look for evening that can also be dressed down for daytime."

Mountain musts: "I'm a huge fan of ski fashion and après ski," Saboura says. "You can introduce faux fur accents, which is a big trend coming out of fall. And it's all about a great pair of leggings and a cozy knit for après ski. Grab your boots -- Sorels are great -- and your look is ready to go. Scarves are also an amazing accessory, not only to keep you warm, but as a really chic look for the evening."

And women should pack two coats, Saboura advises, "your ski jacket and a chic coat you can wear to dinner, because post-slope style is really important. Bring a lean, fitted puffer in a feminine cut."

Packing tip: "I like to roll my clothes before I pack them in my suitcase," Albanese says. "I find this maximizes space and the rolling also prevents those harsh fold lines when you unpack."