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June 23, 2015

20 Easy & Chic Summer Vacation Must-Haves

We love going on vacation, and many of us even enjoy planning the vacation, especially if you’re off somewhere new and exciting this summer. But not many people enjoy packing for the vacation. Well, we don’t mind – we actually like it. As we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation “ The Ladies’ Guide to Efficient Packing for that Big Summer Vacation” packing key pieces that can be worn for a variety of activities, and with a variety of other items you’ve packed, will create looks that are appropriate for every setting, stylish, and still leave room in your bag to pick up some new things along the way. We’ve narrowed down the list to 20 key must-haves for exploring new cities, taking in new sites, and having a whole lot of fashionable fun.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’d love to hear about your trip and your packing successes/challenges. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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J.Crew - Striped Linen Tank Top
Striped Linen Tank Top
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1. The Essential Tank. To mix-and-match easily, having a bunch of solid pieces with some pops of pattern makes dressing a breeze. This striped tank top from J.Crew is a mix of neutral (white ground and thin black stripes) with a pretty blue stripe that’s made of their always fabulous and drapey linen fabric. It matches all the bottoms in this list, and can be worn with any of the layering pieces. Besides J.Crew’s easy modern fit in XXS-XL, the updated neckline is a bit higher so it won’t slip down when you are touring the town. The racerback balances it nicely, while showing off your shoulders.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Joe-s-Jeans-Annie-Rolled-Cuff-Play-Dirty-Stay-Spotless-Denim-Shorts/prod176990565_cat15990732__/p.prod Joe's Jeans - Annie Rolled-Cuff "Play Dirty, Stay Spotless" Denim Shorts
Joe's Jeans - Annie Rolled-Cuff
2. The Reliable Shorts. Crisp white dresses up a pair of jeans shorts, and these will take the stress out of wearing white shorts on vacation because they are made with Joe’s Jeans “stay spotless” white denim. Go ahead and spill your morning coffee or your afternoon/evening wine…it will bead right up and wipe off. No kidding – we’ve tested it ourselves. Joe’s easier, contemporary fit marries nicely with the cuffed leg that is a great length. At 4.5”, they are not long, but also not that short-short length that makes a lot of denim shorts just too, well, short – especially if you’re going to be tooling around a busy town full of people. If you’re not a shorts gal, this terry pull-on skirt is a great alternative.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/beachdresses/PRD~C3449/C3449.jsp Madewell - Embroidered Tassel Dress
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Madewell - Embroidered Tassel Dress
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3. The Night Out on the Town Dress. This dress has just the right amount of urban style and beachy chic to be your go-to for a night out wherever you’re vacationing. Madewell, J.Crew’s sister – and currently even more successful – company sizes their products similar to J.Crew, though slightly trimmer with a bit more of a casual edge. And that makes it perfect for a vacation must-have. The boho feel of the embroidered details and tassel edging to the drawstring on the keyhole neckline is certainly summery. And the sophisticated red and black coloring on the gauzy cream ground gives it a metropolitan slant so it’s perfect for a relaxing dinner in a beach town or bustling city. The dress is lined, so it won’t cling, while the elastic waist provides easy shape with hip pockets that don’t add bulk. If you are going out for a nice lunch, this dress is great during the day with pretty sandals, like the beaded ones in Clothes & Conversation. For a night out, go with the simple wedges we’re featuring in this list. If you love it, you will absolutely love the price – over 50% off at Madewell’s own website, but take note that it is final sale. Shopbop also carries this style, where you can get fast-and-easy shipping and returns, though it’s not at the same price. But give them a call, and they will price match. If you prefer a sleeve, Joie’s tunic has the same great embroidered detail and can be worn as a dress or with pants for a night out.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stateside-knot-detail-slub-knit-tee/3731000 Stateside - Knot Detail Slub Knit Tee
Stateside - Knot Detail Slub Knit Tee
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4. The Perfect Tee. Stateside’s hip knot detail makes this one of our favorite tees of the season – and a great pick for vacation. It gives shape to the easy fit of this contemporary longer tee and you don’t need to do any styling to make it look stylish. It comes in this classic white and black (through the ‘shop it’ button) and the perfect shade of heather grey, as well. The slub cotton is so soft and has some texture, making this tee look perfectly broken-in and stylish at the same time – especially with the raw finish to the hem. It is semi-sheer though, which is part of its appeal, so wear a cami or bathing suit to let some color show through; or, wear a nude (or black) bra. Whether you pair this with shorts, boyfriend jeans, or a maxi skirt, you’ll get tons of use out of it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/james-perse-linen-chino-pants/4109554 James Perse - Linen Chino Pants
James Perse - Linen Chino Pants
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5. The Practical Pants. James Perse is known for luxury, casual contemporary pieces in a high quality and timeless style that holds up season after season. The heavier weight of the linen, back pocket detail, and clean hem is a nice juxtaposition to the jersey fabric waistband and drawstring pants. It elevates the athletic inspiration of these pants to make them ideal for a casual dinner or a trip to a museum or special location. The majoram color we’re featuring is the perfect shade of olive that goes with everything. Don't be afraid to pair these with the lace top in this list, just as easily as the striped tank or simple tee.
http://www.shopbop.com/maxi-tube-skirt-dress-splendid/vp/v=1/845524441891506.htm Splendid - Maxi Tube Skirt
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6. Day-to-Night Maxi Skirt. Splendid's maxi skirt converts to a strapless dress which, for a night out, is a great option with one of the scarves we’re highlighting or with the Sanctuary jacket we suggested in Clothes & Conversation. During the day, let the wide band fold over for a double layer (scrunch it up a little if you need a little belly concealing) and pair it with a tank (the striped one we’re featuring looks great, as does solid versions) or tee that you can tuck in or leave loose and easy. The jersey fabric is soft and versatile, which really flatters the contemporary style no matter how you wear it. You can see how it looks both ways through the ‘shop it’ button. The mix-and-match possibilities are endless in black, but it also comes in a military green – check that color out as well, since you’ll be able to see details clearer on the lighter color.
http://www.shopbop.com/buckley-scarf-rag-bone/vp/v=1/1505805580.htm Rag & Bone - Buckley Scarf
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Rag & Bone - Buckley Scarf
Buckley Scarf
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7. The Always Useful Scarf. Like a great pair jeans, the navy color of this super soft open weave scarf matches everything we’re packing in this list – it’s just as chic with black as it is with white, ivory, denim, and the subtle pops of blue and red color we’ve compiled. The large size can wrap around your neck or shoulders with ease. Tuck it in to your tote and keep it nearby for all your day trips.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446820035&R=400871124186 Generation Love - Maria Lace Top
Generation Love - Maria Lace Top
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8. The Ladylike Top. With a simple cami underneath, this lace top dresses up and down with ease. We’ve been fans of Generation Love since it’s launch, and the line continues to impress. The contemporary fit isn’t too trim and we’ve seen this top look beautifully appropriate on women of varying sizes and ages. Unlike how it may seem in the picture, it’s not a crop top- it hits around the high hip, giving it nice proportion to looser bottoms. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button and see the army green color, which shows the length more accurately.) It takes on an effortlessly cool look with the white shorts on this list and dresses up the linen pants we’re featuring for a night out. It works with the maxi skirt and boyfriend jeans just as easily. And the raw lace edging on the hem and sleeves give this top the delicate elegance that make it a true find.
http://citizensofhumanity.com/product/women/1503-927-aura Citizens of Humanity - Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Ankle Jeans
Citizens of Humanity - Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Ankle Jeans
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Citizens of Humanity - Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Ankle Jeans
Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Ankle Jeans
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9. The Versatile Jeans. Just the right shade of washed denim for Summer and the perfect relaxed silhouette for a Summer vacation, wherever you are. They are a comfortable boyfriend style, but Citizens of Humanity designed them with an updated contemporary fit, so they have a slimmer leg than traditional boyfriend styles - making them sleeker looking - but just as easy and roomy in the places that are important for indulging in vacations meals. The slimmer legs means you can dress them up with the lace top in this list and wedge sandals, but they have a distressed wash that works with the tanks, tees, and sweaters for a casual look, too. And flat sandals or slip-on sneakers look great with these jeans casually cuffed. We’re sending you directly to Citizens of Humanity’s website, where they offer free shipping and returns so you can’t go wrong with trying these out for yourself.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306440464&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446800848 Tart - Racerback Maxi Dress
Tart - Racerback Maxi Dress
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10. The All Purpose Day Dress. The neutral stripe in this modern-fitting maxi is offset by the awesome rope belt for the perfect blend of casual and cool. We love the ease of the silhouette, with a loose fit through the body (hello, we’re on vacation). The scoop neck with racerback keeps the dress looking sleek, and your shoulders and arms looking defined and elongated…that’s what a good racerback does. And any convertible or racerback bra will work with it. The beaded sandals in Clothes & Conversation, as well as all of the shoes in this list look great with this Tart dress so you can wear it to a museum during the day and out to dinner at night. Throw this stylish set of bracelets in to your suitcase too, for a subtle touch of boho flair.
http://www.shopbop.com/small-tribal-spike-necklace-pamela/vp/v=1/845524441959959.htm#reviewsArea Pamela Lee - Small Tribal Spike Necklace
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Pamela Lee - Small Tribal Spike Necklace
Small Tribal Spike Necklace
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11. The Stylish Jewelry Accent. Tribal inspiration is everywhere this season and this necklace shows it off in a subtle way that stands on its own, and can also be layered with necklaces of other lengths. The burnished finish and substantial weight of the pendant and chain make it the perfect blend of statement and neutral versatility. It comes in an oxidized bronze too, so if you prefer gold, it’s just as good-looking. A little packing tip: Instead of throwing your jewelry into a jewelry case, first lay down a piece of cling wrap. Lay your jewelry (specifically long necklaces that can get tangled) flat & then cover with another piece of cling wrap. Fold it up & stick it in your case. This will prevent tangling.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446799274 Splendid - Honeycomb Hoodie Sweater
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12. The Light Layer. We featured a lightweight jacket that has the soft drape of a shirt in Clothes & Conversation, and we also recommend packing a neutral, relaxed sweater for your trip. This Splendid pick works with everything – over a tank top or tee and with all of the bottoms we’re highlighting in this packing list. The natural color and honeycomb texture elevates this sweater from a basic hoodie, but makes it just as useful for an evening stroll on a beach or with jeans and wedges for a casual urban night. The contemporary fit is relaxed, making layering a cinch.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/ingoodcompany/Outdoorvoices/PRD~A9938/A9938.jsp Outdoor Voices™ - Running Sweats
Outdoor Voices™ - Running Sweats
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13. Yes, The Workout Gear. Whether you’re a runner exploring the streets of a new city or taking advantage of the hotel’s gym, these are one of our favorite pair of workout pants for travel because you can run out to grab coffee or just walk around town without feeling self-conscious in clingy traditional leggings. The fabric is really soft and comfortable, but still has all the technical elements you need to wick moisture. And they even have pockets. Wear them with the coordinating, loose fitting tank and mix-and match both pieces with the other items you’ve packed for daytime sightseeing or hiking. These are sold on J.Crew’s website, but they are from Outdoor Voices, an amazing line of well-made active wear that isn’t flashy, but is stylish, with a nice modern fit.
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14. The Tote. In Clothes & Conversation, we highlighted the beauty of a versatile straw bag. This nylon bag is a bit more straightforward and utilitarian, while still great looking. Both options will take you from the airplane to the beach to a day of exploration – whether you are hitting up a museum, sightseeing for the day, or going on a shopping excursion – with easy functionality and style. This bag is super lightweight, and simply sleek. It fits comfortably on your shoulder and has an insider zipper pocket, too. It’s large enough to hold your sunglasses, a scarf and/or sweater, maybe a few purchases, and plenty more – but it’s not so oversized that it looks inappropriate.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-small-croc-embossed-leather-crossbody-bag/4030162 Vince - Small Croc Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag
Vince - Small Croc Embossed Leather Crossbody Bag
15. The Little Crossbody Bag. Sneak this small Vince crossbody bag into your tote, so you’ll have an alternative to your bigger bag that will work for sightseeing or evening. Vince’s new line of bags fit their aesthetic perfectly, using high quality leathers to create modern and unassuming styles. Not only is this stone color the perfect neutral (though there are some other pretty options through the ‘shop it’ button), the embossed croc leather gives it just the right finish to dress up for a night out, and still look casually cool with your jean shorts and a tee. You can even remove the strap and it becomes a great-looking clutch. It’s large enough to hold your essentials, like your phone and most wallets.
http://www.zappos.com/splendid-edgewood-nude-patent Splendid - Edgewood
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16. The Fun & Wearable Wedge. We are all for a fabulous high heel to dress up any look, but when we’re on vacation, we have to keep practicality in mind, too. The low wedge on these Splendid sandals will still give you the feeling of a heel – and the benefits of helping to elongate your legs – but the comfort you’ll need so you can walk around town. The nude upper is neutral and goes with everything in a patent leather that dresses up the cork wedge. Now, you’ll be able to go to a lovely dinner and still explore your vacation destination when you’re done.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Pierce-Point-Toe-Woven-Slip-On-Black/prod175340274/p.prod Vince - Pierce Point-Toe Woven Slip-On
Vince - Pierce Point-Toe Woven Slip-On
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Vince - Pierce Point-Toe Woven Slip-On
Pierce Point-Toe Woven Slip-On
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17. The Practical and Stylish Walking Shoes. Vacation is no fun if you can’t sightsee in comfort. And while you can walk around in your workout sneakers, that’s usually the sure sign of a tourist, isn’t it? Vince has just the right slip-on sneakers, blending style and comfort. Click through the ‘shop it’ button, where you can see an additional view highlighting the updated pointed toe that really elevate these sneakers and creates a lighter look that works with any of the dresses and skirts in this packing list, as well as pants, or shorts. Since this version – a woven canvas - is on sale, sizes are going quick. The leather version isn’t on sale, but will carry through Fall with ease, so it’s worth the non-sale price.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/birkenstock-madrid-slide-sandal-women/3846001 Birkenstock - Madrid Slide Sandal
Birkenstock - Madrid Slide Sandal
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Madrid Slide Sandal
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18. The Multi-Purpose Sandals. With Birkenstocks becoming fashion-right again, they have found new ways to reinvent the brand. This pair is perfect for vacation. They’ve taken their classic style and redone it in a waterproof EVA that is so light, you’ll forget they’re on your feet. And they won’t take up much room (or weight in your bag). You can wear them on the beach and straight in to town. Even the buckle is done in EVA, which gives them a really stylish monochromatic look. We are highlighting the black version, since they’re just so easy with everything else on our list, but they come in a sleek white through the ‘shop it’ button that can come in handy all summer long. For the price, you won’t feel guilty getting more than one.
http://www.shopbop.com/salvage-summer-set-pj-luxe/vp/v=1/1561893636.htm PJ LUXE by PJ Salvage - Summer PJ Set
PJ LUXE by PJ Salvage  - Summer PJ Set
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PJ LUXE by PJ Salvage  - Summer PJ Set
Summer PJ Set
PJ LUXE by PJ Salvage
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19. Vacation Pajamas. Don’t forget to pack a cute pair of PJ’s. And this PJ Salvage summer weight pair has an adorably colorful camel print that can’t help but bring a smile to your face…ideal for vacation. The fabric is soft as can be and the easy fit, with an elastic and drawstring waistband, means they’ll stay comfortable no matter how much you indulge on your trip.
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20. The Tech Savior. If you are traveling abroad, for $4.99, this app could be your savior to getting around. Just a take a picture of a sign, menu, etc. and it will translate it for you.
 

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