A convertible dress not only gives you extra options when you’re jet-setting, but saves precious room in your suitcase. This Ralph Lauren style won’t get all wrinkled thanks to Pima cotton jersey, and pocket bags can be pulled out to work as ties, so you can wear it as a halter or a sarong-like dress.
Sorry, but filling your entire suitcase with shoes, while tempting, just isn’t practical. You need to be smart in making footwear choices, and a comfy, yet stylish, embellished flat will put you at the head of the packing class. Wear this style to coffee, to the pool, while shopping and out to dinner. Comfort that looks great? Sounds like a vacationer’s dream.
Talk about multi-purposing. This piece can be pulled up high and worn as a strapless dress, or pulled down to the waist to work as a maxi skirt. And, to add a third idea, we think it’d make an excellent swimsuit cover-up, too.
There's no question: Needing to pull out an iron and ironing board while you’re on vacation is just wrong. But, sadly, so are wrinkles. The solution? Pack fabrics that are meant to look wrinkled. This sheer wrinkled voile will keep you cool and looks fab just out of the suitcase.
Free People embroidered High Low tunic, $118, shopbop.com
You’re wise to bring a sun-shielding hat with you, well, pretty much anywhere, but especially when you’ll be spending loads of time lounging outside. This woven straw style is made to be folded and packed without losing its shape.
Nothing says summer quite like a Lilly Pulitzer print. This colorful scarf will serve you well on vacation and beyond -– use it to brighten up your LBD, to cut the chill on a windy night or even to cover your 'do during that convertible ride. Hello, Palm Beach!
No summer packing checklist is complete without a sarong. Need to run down the hall for ice? Throw it on. At the pool? So much chicer than a towel. Lunch on the boardwalk? Wear it as a skirt. Plus, this pretty paisley number comes with a bonus: It arrives in a matching beach tote.
When you’re packing for trip, especially one that will take you away from home for an extended period of time, you’ll want a little black dress in your fashion arsenal. This classic wrap style won’t wrinkle and works for both dressy and casual situations. Just swap out the shoes and you’re set! And just think: Now you can save that extra suitcase room for more shopping finds.
The North Face Natalya wrap dress, $56, zappos.com
Whether you’re fearful of flying or could just use a little good luck, these travel charms might help put your mind at ease. A St. Christopher medallion, compass charm and heart charm hang from a hemp cord and will give your trip some added glam.
We admit we always get a bit stumped when it comes to packing up purses. You need a large tote, but you also want something a little less bulky for running around, and something even smaller for evenings. Try a style like this convertible bag. It’s nylon, but still looks chic, and can be transformed from a regular tote to a backpack to a long-strapped bag.
Airplanes can be chilly, and you never know when a little wind or cool evening will have you reaching for a cardigan once you're back on the ground. This style is the perfect lightweight layering piece and the jersey knit is not only cling-free, but wrinkle-free, too.
No need to pack multiple swimsuits when one reversible style will do. This wrap-style suit has a pretty brown and blue dot print on one side, and is a solid brown with dot details on the other, so you get two suits for the price of one.
Diane von Furstenberg Rochelle reversible printed wrap swimsuit, $230, net-a-porter.com
Here’s a travel fashion tip: Keep your clothing neutral (so you can mix and match with ease) and just add a powerful accessory to take your outfit from day to evening. This bright pink statement necklace adds instant pop to a simple white tank.
The forecast may say hot and humid, but you never know when a cold front could move in, and, trust us, you’ll wish you had packed a jacket. This seersucker style is the ultimate in classic cool. Wear it with shorts, slacks, a skirt, jeans or a dress whenever you need to cut the chill.
A good camisole can be a girl’s best friend, especially when she’s on vacation. Wear it alone with shorts or a skirt, layer it under a T-shirt or dress, pair it with a cardi or top your swimsuit with it. In fact, at this price you’ll want to buy several. Just roll 'em up and tuck 'em in your bag. So simple, so chic!