TSA: Travel Style Advice

Heading somewhere warm? Choose styles that can be worn multiple ways and picking fabrics that won't wrinkle. Here are 20 options that will leave you with extra room for all your vacation purchases.

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Buy a Convertible

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.


RLX Convertible Sunset Beach Dress, $198, ralphlauren.com

Ralph Lauren

Flat-Out Chic

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.


DV by Dolce Vita Dugan sandal, $59.95, nordstrom.com


From Skirt to Frock

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.


Patterson J. Kincaid convertible dress/skirt, $188, Bloomingdales.com


Love That Linen

Super-light linen is a globe-trotter’s friend. These cropped pants are wrinkle-free and can work pretty much everywhere: Wear them to the beach, the market, on a walk, to dinner …


Chico’s Travelers Linda cropped pant, $79, chicos.com


Get Ready for Your Cover Up

Here’s another two-fer: This pretty striped style works as a cover-up at the beach and as a tunic when thrown over jeans, shorts or slacks after you’ve had your fun in the sand.


Echo striped cover up, $66, victoriassecret.com

Victoria's Secret

A Wrinkle in Time

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


To the Maxi

A maxi dress is a great option for women of all sizes. A strapless style in a summer print that’s a little bit boho? You might just wear this dress every day.

Style & Co. empire maxi dress, $45.99, macys.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.


Eric Javits Squishee Straw Cap, $175, Nordstrom.com


Wrap it Up

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!

Lilly Pulitzer Summer Nights Murfee Scarf, $118, lillypulitzer.com


Lilly Pulitzer

Easy Does It

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.


White House Black Market paisley sarong and tote, $22.80, whitehouseblackmarket.com

White House Black Market


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


Charmed, We're Sure

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.

Dogeared travel charms gold dipped chocolate hemp necklace, $74, dogeared.com


Bag Lady

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.


Ellington Amelia convertible tote, $79, endless.com


Cut the Chill

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.


Chico’s Travelers knit cardigan, $79, chicos.com


Swimmingly Chic

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


Fashion Fore!-Ward

Hitting the links while on vacation? You’ll need a stylish golf shirt. We like this classic sleeveless style that has a touch of stretch so you can swing away.


Ralph Lauren Golf sleeveless Tournament polo, $75, ralphlauren.com

Ralph Lauren

In the Navy

We’re the first to admit shorts can be tricky, but when it’s hot, you want the option. A Bermuda style can disguise flaws and keep you from sweltering in the heat.

Old Navy twill Bermudas, $22.50, oldnavy.com

Old Navy

Make a Statement

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.


Kate Spade Cut to the Chase bib necklace, $148, piperlime.com


Be a (Seer)Sucker

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.

Spiegel seersucker fitted blazer, $49, Spiegel.com


A Full Tank

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!


Gap The New Favorite Cami, $10, gap.com


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First Published June 27, 2011

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Nice looks cool..


Nice looks cool..

Oceana LOTT07.21.2011

I would put the VS coverup in my suitcase in a heartbeat. The multi-colored striped pattern makes it fun and versatile all at the same time. While the sheer fabric gives it a kind of mystery and femininity.

adam jackey07.16.2011

A convertible dress is surprisingly awesome. I wanna buy some travel style dress for my upcoming trip in Miami beach. Thanks!
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