Picture this: it is the night before you jet off on your next summer vacation and you have an empty suitcase and absolutely no idea of what to pack. Sound familiar? We have all been in a similar situation, which is why we have put together this handy edition of Style Spy! In today’s installment, we are shining our spotlight on four top tastemakers and the stylish ensembles they wear while on vacation—from maxi dresses to breezy blouses! So, read on for all the need-to-know packing details and make sure you take notes as there is plenty of inspiration in today’s Style Spy story!
One item that should definitely make it onto your packing list is a maxi dress—it easily transitions from a day by the pool to cocktail hour in the hotel bar. Accordingly, why not take tips from actress Jessica Alba, who was spotted wearing a black maxi dress while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas in December. The strapless silhouette makes the dress easy to slip into, plus, with the addition of dark sunglasses, you will look casually chic at all times. To try a similar look, consider these: Velvet’s Priya Marled Long Dress ($142), Sunahara’s Il Sole Long Strapless Dress ($158) and Forever 21’s Strapless Flounce Ruffle Maxi Dress ($13.50).
No doubt your vacation plans include a touch of shopping, which means you need to pack a few simple yet stylish ensembles. For inspiration, we are looking to model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who was spotted out shopping while on vacation in St. Barts in December. Rosie paired luxe pieces like a bohemian blouse and statement necklace with low-key pieces like denim cut-off shorts. The result is an easy, breezy look with a chic twist that is perfect for your next exotic destination! For a similar look, pack pieces like Tolani’s Elizabeth Tunic ($107), Parker’s Peasant Blouse ($242) and Free People’s Eastern Fringe Bib ($38).
Of course, you’ll probably be spending plenty of time by the beach, which means you need some cute cover-ups to protect you from the sun. To start, take notes from Rachel Bilson, who was spotted on the beach in Barbados last month. Her ensemble—a striped tank top and corduroy cut-offs—is easy and effortless, which is essential. Rachel also picked out a few smart accessories—a canvas tote and flip-flops—to complete her outfit. On that note, fill your suitcase with pieces like BDG’s Raw-Edge Corduroy Shorts ($39), Splendid’s Superwide Rugby Stripe Tank ($78) and J Crew’s Racer Tote ($62.50).
We also decided to look to model Brooklyn Decker for beach outfit inspiration. In March, Brooklyn took to the Miami beach wearing a peach cotton tee, denim cut-offs, and a straw fedora. The look is decidedly simple, yes, but these pieces are basics that should definitely make it into your suitcase. Even if you don’t style them together, you are sure to need a few simple pieces when you put together your outfits. On that note, we recommend packing pieces like Truly Madly Deeply’s Scoopneck Pocket Tee ($24), Siwy’s Camilla Cut Off Denim Shorts ($158), and DKNY’s Rolland Straw Fedora ($48) in your luggage.
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