Confession: I am a chronic over-packer. I just like to be prepared for every sartorial situation, you know? But let’s learn from my mistakes so you can pack smart and stylish for your next vacation! I’ve compiled a list of my spring and summer vacation essentials that will keep you comfy, clothed, and looking super cute in every #travelgram.
Here’s how I rocked my favorite spring/summer ’17 trends in Spain:
Bomber jackets go with every outfit! Every single one. Which is why the only jacket I brought with me was my black reversible bomber from Uniform, an ethical brand (see this post for more about the brand and to see how I’ve styled it previously). They’re also on-trend right now and add the perfect amount of warmth for spring nights in Spain.
bells & frills
Ruffles, frills, and bell sleeves and bottoms have been everywhere this season and I’m 100% in favor of this trend. A bell sleeve adds drama to your look but can be easily dressed down for everyday wear. I brought this striped (oh hey, stripes are also a great trend to rock for spring and summer) bell-sleeved top, originally BCBG, that I found at my local Crossroads Trading last fall. Crossroads is a consignment store that stocks a lot of current trends and brands, so I love shopping there to get my trend fix while minimizing my environmental impact.
Off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder looks ramped up in popularity last year but are sticking around for 2017. I think they’re perfect for that effortless vacation vibe. Last year, I found this breezy cotton top at a night market in Thailand from a woman who sews all of her own designs (she’s at the Night Bazaar if you’re ever in Chiang Mai).
Flared jeans are back, but with an updated cropped silhouette that I find a lot more flattering for my height (#shortiestruggles). I brought these faded black crop kick flares from Weekday, made with recycled cotton, which I bought from Asos’ eco-friendly section. These jeans are soft, comfortable even after dinner and second dinner (lol I was on vacation, ok), and pair well with any top.
I’ve been loving SS17’s embroidered details because I’m always happy when the needle arts get some love. One of my all-time best thrifted finds is this embroidered denim pencil skirt. It’s high-waisted, which looks best on me because of my aforementioned height struggles, but also has side slits (!!) so my mobility is unrestricted. Super important for ultimate exploring and running as quickly as possible towards the nearest tapas bar.
Finally, comfort never goes out of style, especially when you’re traveling. T-shirt and slip dresses are a vacay must-have for me because they’re super comfy for plane rides and walking around in warm weather. Plus, they’re a no-brainer outfit. One and done. Here, I’m wearing a T-shirt dress that I found at Goodwill.
What SS17 trends scream “take me on vacation!” to you? And do you have any summer travel plans lined up? Let me know!