Looming large over every spring and summer getaway is the task of whittling your entire wardrobe down to a suitcase of essentials you’ll need for anything, from steamy afternoons to a slight evening chill. But don’t worry. This spring and summer style guide has got you covered. Whether you’ve already got a closet full of favorites or need a little pre-getaway shopping spree to spruce things up, here’s a list of must-haves that’ll get you set for anything an amazing vacation day can bring your way—from a morning of beachcombing to an elegant evening spent under the stars.
Get Down to Basics
The key to a successful packing plan is to make every item interchangeable. Go for solids, neutrals, and limit patterns. One floral print blouse should be enough to pretty up any neutral bottom piece, from shorts to long skirts. Fabrics should be light and quick-drying, and textures should mix and match well, like the colors.
This list will give you plenty of choices for a two-week stay.
Neutral scoop-necked t-shirt in light gray
Black tank top
Beige or champagne satin cami
White sleeveless blouse
Floral blouse or short-sleeve knit top
Colorful solid skirt
Neutral straight leg pants
Shorts (2 pair)
Dress It Up
Classic black dress (wrap or tank dress)
Neutral dress sandals
Fabric flats in black or beige
Sneakers (if you’ll be working out)
Reversible bathing suit
Beach cover up that doubles as a dress
Neckpieces with a punch of bold color
Colorful lightweight scarf
Now, just mix and match away! Pair the blouse with a skirt for dinner at a sidewalk cafe, or with jeans for an afternoon of shopping. Your little black dress can be dressed down with flats or made more glamorous with a sparkly and colorful neckpiece.
Still need a wardrobe ace up your sleeve? Save money in your vacation budget for the one piece needed for that unplanned event you just had to join in on. Waiting to purchase one or two pieces won’t break the bank and will ensure you buy only what you need for the day’s activities.
Enjoy your stylish vacation!