Updated: Jul 23
So, you've booked your vacation and you are counting down the days until you're beachside sipping your favorite cocktail.
The only problem is ...now you've got to pack. Nothing can ruin the feeling of excitement that comes along with an upcoming vacation quite like the stress of packing.
Cutting down your rotation of summer outfits into one capsule wardrobe complete with accessories that can be mixed and matched to fit into a carry-on suitcase that weighs less than 50 lbs can be a seemingly impossible task.
Luckily, I'm here to help with the challenge, by offering some expert tips. I will help you take the dread out of packing by letting you in on 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY.
After all, as a stylist, it's my job to keep an eye out for the key fashion pieces that will make your vacation wardrobe effortlessly chic.
The best part is, I've focused on pieces that you can wear year after year to make any vacation getaway a literal breeze.
And guess what… You may not even have to shop for some of these pieces because as you will see, some items are repeated from my earlier blog posts since they are of the moment summer trends and timeless wardrobe basics!
Here is your list of 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY:
1. THE WHITE DRESS
Nothing says summer getaway quite like an easy, breezy, white eyelet dress. A simple white dress can take you from day to night--and is appropriate for any vacation hot spot. Pair it with your favorite sneakers and a straw hat for daytime chic-- then switch into lace-up, strappy sandals for a night out on the town.
2. THE WHITE BUTTON DOWN (BEACH) SHIRT
This classic wardrobe office staple can be converted into vacation-wear by simply unbuttoning some of the top buttons and wearing it as cover-up over your favorite swim suit. No need to search high and low for a great cover-up when you probably have this wardrobe basic already hanging in your closet!
3. THE COLORFUL TOP
Wearing bold colors has been known to make people feel better, and nothing photographs better when you are on vacation then a pop of vibrant color. So invest in a top in one of your favorite bold colors to showcase your vacation tan!
4. CROCHET PIECES
From maxi-skirts to halterneck tops, beach dresses and cardigan sweaters, crochet is a delicate fabric that adds interest and texture to every outfit. It is the perfect fabric to wear on your next vacation, and your vacation wardrobe will definitely feel more elevated if you pack a crochet piece in your suitcase. Your vacation photos will thank you for it!
5. THE PERFECT PAIR OF SUNNIES
From square, to cat-eye, to rectangle frames, your sunglasses are the necessary accesory that adds a sense of style to your vacation wardrobe. Not only do you need the perfect pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, you can really have fun with this accessory to add character to your summer getaway wardrobe.
6. THE SUMMER SANDAL
Choosing the right pair of travel shoes is essential to having a successful vacation. I know, this statement may sound over-the-top, but nothing is worse than packing a pair of shoes that give you blisters on the first day that you wear them, making walking around a scenic vacation town a complete nightmare! Am I right? Luckily, there are a range of sandals that are both stylish and comfortable. Make sure to break-in any sandals that you pack so that you can hit the ground running when your plane lands (no pun intended!)
7. A PAIR OF LINEN PANTS
Linen pants are the perfect way to change up your summer dress rotation when you are on vacation. Wear them multiple times on your getaway. Pair them with a lightweight tank and your sandals and you are ready to go sight seeing without having to worry about reapplying the sunscreen on your legs. They are also a great alternative to your beach cover-up when you pair them with your swim-suit!
8. A CHIC BATHING SUIT
It goes without saying that a classic, chic swimsuit is a necessity on any summer getaway. Why not choose one that can double as a body-suit, that you can pair with your linen pants to walk around town in?
9. THE STRAW BEACH HAT
A cool hat can transform any outfit into vacationware. Not only does it protect your face from the sun, you can wear it day or night when you are not in the mood to style your hair. You can't lose when you add a straw hat to any vacation outfit!
10. THE BEACH BAG
Whether you carry it to the beach or around the city you are exploring, a vacation isn't complete without a woven bag. Load it with your sunscreen, towel and sunnies when you are headed to the beach or wear it with your evening outfit for a polished, chic look. Is a vacation even a vacation without it?
Whether you are heading to an all-inclusive resort, or sightseeing around the city, consider yourself packed with these 10 KEY PIECES TO PACK FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER GETAWAY.
As always, I am here to help make your vacation travel stress-free and fun!