I love prepping for summer vacation. Summer fashion is so freeing and feminine and I love picking out new bits to take away with me, as well as pulling together new outfits from what I already have.
As I’ve been running through my vacation wardrobe this year, there are definitely some staples that are a must-have for a holiday. No matter what your style, I think these summer vacation essentials will apply to everyone. They are, for sure, coming away with me!
The Maxi Dress
Everyone loves a good maxi dress, no? My favourite thing about maxi dresses is the ability to style them in so many ways. You can throw one over a bikini with flip flops to hit the beach, you can wear the same one with heels and layered jewellery to dinner and you can even add ankle boots and a leather jacket back at home. So versatile.
I’ve recently found a love for beautiful kimonos. Not only can you wear it as a chic cover-up around the pool with a one-piece swimsuit, but you can wear one over an LBD to add some detail to your look and make it slightly dressier. I really love things that you can wear in multiple ways.
The Floral Skirt
Whether it’s a mini with ruffles or a floaty midi with a split, the floral skirt will forever be one of my favourite vacation staples. I love to wear floral prints with white in the summer so I’d pair them with anything from a cute crop top to a basic oversized tee or even a white bodysuit. This vibe works really well with mules, either heeled or flat!
The Raffia or Straw Bag
This is definitely the bag of the season this year and I just love it for summer. A straw bag instantly reminds us of the beach but there are now some really cute mini straw bags that can double as an evening bag on vacay.
The wedge is a classic holiday shoe. It’s comfortable when you’re on the move, but the right style can look ultra-chic as well. I love a lace up wedge that’s not too high. Paired with a midi skirt or dress or even high-waisted shorts, it’s one of my favourite summer looks.
Slides have been huge again this year in terms of being on-trend, but there are just so many to choose from! You can go sporty and simple or ornate and luxury, which I just love. Plus, they go with everything and are insanely comfortable, perfect for holiday.
The Wrap Dress
Thanks to Diane Von Furstenberg the wrap dress is eternally a womenswear classic. It’s also perfect for vacation. Wrap dresses are definitely one of those pieces that you can wear through the day and then, with just a change of shoes, it’s instantly an evening look. So handy, especially if you’re packing light for a shorter trip.
I’m not so great at packing light, so there are quite a few more things that could easily have made it to my vacation essentials list, but these items are sitting at the top. I couldn’t go away without my summer staples, what are yours?