Top 10 Summer Vacation Essentials



When it comes to packing for a summer vacation you have to be organized and strategic about what ultimately makes its way into your bag. In a world where airline weight limits exist, less really is more. The key to packing for a beach getaway or weekend adventure is including pieces that can be mixed-and-matched and repurposed. We’re here to help find the best wear-with-everything shorts and day-to-night dresses that with a simple accessory swap, can elevate your look from outfit repeater to stylish jetsetter. Our algorithm has pulled the top ten summer vacation essentials to eliminate the suitcase scaries and ease the struggle of vacay dressing. Just don’t forget to grab your new sunnies off the nightstand!  

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June 29, 2017

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Hinge Barbo Sandal
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Hinge Barbo Sandal

LOVED FOR: The fun tassels and color combos

STYLE WITH: Your favorite denim cut offs or a simple cotton dress

AGOLDE Parker Vintage Look Fit Cutoff Shorts

LOVED FOR: The fit and cut—the wide leg opening won't make your thighs feel restricted and is incredibly flattering.

WHERE TO WEAR: These cut-offs are a one stop shop when it comes to packing for a summer vacay. Pair them with sneakers to explore the city, your bikini when you’re heading to the beach, and then dress them up with heels and a silk blouse for dinner and dancing.

Carla Weeks Setting Sun Maxi Dress

USERS SAID: “It's super, super soft and the color is lovely. It's a little long for me, but a pair of low espadrille wedges solved the problem. The stylist also recommended I knot it off to the side—turns out that is adorable. Also, I've worn a skinny white tee under it, which is casually cool and a bit more coverage for traveling; this dress is meant for travel so its flexibility is great.”

HELPFUL TIP: This dress is slightly see-through, so wear as a cover up by day and pack a slip to wear under it at night!

Soludos Canvas Platform Tennis Espadrille Sneaker

BEST FOR: A summery alternative to the traditional sneaker—a must have for that vacation day spent exploring the city.

HELPFUL TIP: Soludos tend to run small, so make sure to size up.

Anthropologie Pommed Market Fedora

BEST FOR: Sightseeing—this is the perfect accessory to shield your face from the hot summer rays.

STYLE WITH: White wide leg trousers and a breezy tank

Panacea Beaded Tassel Drop Earrings

BEST FOR: Making a colorful statement

LOVED FOR: The shoulder-skimming 6" drop tassels

Loft Mixed Stripe Sleeveless Swing Dress

LOVED FOR: Versatility—this dress easily transitions from day to night with a quick shoe change.

USERS SAID: “I absolutely love this dress. It is extremely comfortable but still looks polished. Easy to dress up or down. The fit is a little on the large side, so I ordered a size down.”

Shiraleah Mirabel Woven Tote

LOVED FOR: Being durable, wide, and versatile

BEST FOR: Doubling as a carry on and a beach bag

BP Retro Sunglasses

LOVED FOR: Their trendy style and low price point

BEST FOR: At this price, these sunnies are the perfect way to amp up your vacay look without having to worry about them getting scratched when you toss them in your beach bag.

Pitusa Mini Abaya Dress

USERS SAID: “Bought this item for my trip to the Bahamas. It's light weight, super soft and so comfy!! It was absolutely perfect to throw on after the beach! Definitely want another!”

WHERE TO WEAR: This is the perfect cover-up dress to lounge around in at the hotel, throw on over your swimsuit, or grab a quick bite to eat before hitting the beach. 

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