Any last-minute packer knows the agony of standing in front of your closet with no idea what to pack for your trip. Unless you're one of those ultra-organized people who plans outfits weeks in advance, it's likely you'll throw a ton of your favorite clothes in your luggage without really knowing when or where you'll actually wear any of it. Once at your destination, you might end up throwing on the same outfit most days and wearing 10% of what you packed in your suitcase. Sound familiar?
We've been there too. But here's a trick that we've found really helpful lately: a travel capsule wardrobe to match every activity we might get ourselves into while on vacation. It makes it easier to mix and match a few basics with more standout pieces to get you through your vacation days. To help us achieve the ultimate summer travel capsule wardrobe, we turned to our favorite cool girls for inspiration.
For Breakfast: Try a Silk Scarf and Espadrille Slides
Let's be real: No one wants to do their hair and makeup before heading out to breakfast on vacation. A simple solution: Tie a silk scarf or a turban in your hair to give it an instantly polished look. Pair this with a white dress or jumpsuit and espadrille slides.
Available in sizes 8.5 to 9.
For Exploring: Try White Jeans and a Gingham Crop Top
Everyone needs at least one pair of jeans in their travel suitcase—and summer is the perfect time to bust out the white high-waisted cropped jeans. For a day of exploring around town, pair these with a cute cropped cami, a straw crossbody bag, and comfortable sneakers.
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes 24 to 30.
For the Beach: Try a Black Bikini and a Basket Bag
You really only need two things to head to the beach: a classic black swimsuit and a basket bag. A black bikini will easily pair with anything in your suitcase, from leopard-print pants to a summer dress or cover-up.
Available in sizes FR38 to FR44.
For Day to Night: a White Frilly Top and Embellished Mules
Everyone needs a good day-to-night outfit while on vacation in case you decide to grab dinner on the go. Try simple trousers paired with a frilly white summer top and a pair of comfortable embellished mules.
Available in sizes IT36 to IT42.
For the Resort: Try a Straw Hat and a Summer Dress
If all you plan on doing one day is to sit around the resort with your nose buried in a book, slip on your swimsuit and top it with a floral summer dress and an oversize straw hat (for sun protection). It's simple, comfortable, and chic.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
For the Museum: Try a Silk Skirt and Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Want to elevate your daytime look in case you visit a museum or stop for a more formal lunch? Try a simple white top with a silk skirt paired with white cat-eye sunglasses. It's classic and beautiful.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
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