Planning a Future Adventure? Here’s What to Pack for Your Dream Destination
After spending nearly a year and a half indoors, vacations—let alone dressing up—might be the last thing to cross our minds. But while at-home lounging and slow staycations will have to do for the foreseeable, it’s always nice to do a little wardrobe curation once in a while. While you’re still doing your spring closet update, why not add some destination looks for good measure? Don’t fall into the trap of panic buying trend-based dresses you’ll never wear. Just like shopping for your everyday wardrobe, it’s important to exercise strategic buying. Stop and think: what are the styles you love and would see yourself wearing for next season and beyond?
With that in mind, we’re here to help you get started. Read on as we run down some dream destinations along with the perfect pieces you can wear for each one. Ready your holiday bag—we’re building your vacation capsule.
What to Pack: Vibrant and maxi pieces
The eclectic city of Miami is one of the first places that come to mind when summer vacation plans are being arranged. With gorgeous beaches and booming nightlife, it certainly possesses energy you’d want to channel. Take notes from its vibrancy with bright and effervescent colors for your cover-ups and maxis. And if you don’t feel like wearing pink, a pretty floral lilac is a softer alternative with extra details that are just right up spring’s alley.
What to Pack: Warm outerwear
When it comes to cold weather destinations, it’s important to be armed in your best outerwear. More than just packing thick jackets, consider your layers before the finisher. Cozy printed and colorblock sweaters are chic picks that can beautifully complement or act as a highlight for the rest of your outfit. Puffer jackets, especially, have a tendency to look too plain. Try playing up to streetwear sensibilities by wearing a tie-dye sweater under it, along with your best thick joggers. For indoor cabin lounging, cardigans with interesting cuts will add warmth stylishly.
What to Pack: Fancy florals
Get acquainted with Montana’s picturesque scenery in your best cottagecore get-up. If there’s anything we recommend investing in now, it’s prairie-style floral dresses. It’s actually a no-brainer, because florals are an enduring spring trend. Even when the cottagecore trend has passed, you can still go spinning in your dreamy frocks. We love tiered skirts that add more flair (and flare) to your moves as well as puff sleeves that add to its vintage feel. Don’t forget to accessorize with metallic jewelry and your best wide brim hat!
Destination: Los Angeles
What to Pack: Casual staples in various cuts
LA loves comfort and being such a trendy city, it won’t be a surprise to see more modern offerings. This is a chance to explore a fresher take to casual wear and expand your essentials too. When choosing summer dresses, consider trading your ditsy prints for pastel patchwork. Getting a new cardigan? Perhaps you’d want to go for a colorblock style this time around instead of one color. On the subject of workwear, try new cuts such as Mandarin collar popovers or a cowl neck that would work flawlessly with your tailored layers.
What to Pack: Boho prints
Known for its music venues and outstanding food, Austin is a city that calls for lively looks. Multicolor and multiprint patchwork and florals would fit right in with the Southern charm. For those who would rather dip their toes in first to these bolder patterns, choose a smocked self-tie blouse to create a bohemian look. Even a pair of high-rise jeans and suede boots would yield that style wonderfully as the cheerful top would do all the work for you. For the print veterans, a paisley maxi shirt dress is the way to go. This works well for dressy events but is also casual enough for just about any agenda. All you need to do now is grab your tall boots!
Destination: New York
What to Pack: All black everything
The bustling city of New York has cemented its rebellious sensibility in the fashion world. When in doubt, wear all black. But despite this monotone approach, it’s never boring, just like New York’s penchant for individuality. A short-sleeved boiler jumpsuit would slip easily into your essentials whether spring or fall. Wear it alone for transitional weather or top off with a duster coat when things get chilly. When it comes to two-piece outfits, stand out with texture or a classic print such as the staple polka dot. You can even build a look around it by complementing the color of the print, such as wearing white shoes or make it pop by layering with a high shine leather jacket.
What to Pack: Essentials with edgy textures
London loves the classics but modernized with an edge. Staples like playsuits, leggings, shirt dresses, and tunics might seem like regular casualwear to you but Londoners will always find a way to give it a subversive appeal. The key is layering—sleek shoes and cool outerwear are ones we frequently see incorporated with laid-back pieces. You’d be surprised at how your activewear can turn city chic with just a textured trench, leather brogues, or a pair of combat boots.
What to Pack: Romantic and feminine pieces
The quintessential Italian style is always polished. For them, it’s all about sophisticated textiles and tailoring. While they tend to gravitate towards crisp and clean outfits, inject some fun in your rendition via florals in romantic silhouettes. Wrap dresses and subtle puff sleeves would work from sunny daytime strolls to date nights. Pack a bias cut midi skirt too to embrace their luxe sensibilities and pair with a floral blouse and pointed pumps.
Life is What You Make It
That especially expression rings true in the new normal. Despite your previous getaway plans being put on hold, you can still celebrate spring/summer through what you wear. Even in the absence of a real travel plan, you can very well get into a vacation state of mind by dressing as if you’re going on a getaway. Fancy a new floral dress and a cute pair of sandals? We say go get it, and rock it confidently in your own indoor celebrations or even on weekend walks around your neighborhood. When the time comes that you can actually wear them out, you’ll find that it was worth it to curate and invest in long-wearing pieces—plus you had fun in the process!