Summer might be winding down, but there are definitely still a few weeks left to savor. And what better way to enjoy the remainder of summer than with a vacation? Maybe you’ve already got something planned, or maybe you’re more of the last-minute type. Regardless, refer to our top vacation destinations, book your flight, and most importantly, pack your bags. And if you’re struggling to figure out what exactly to pack, have no fear; here are just a few style suggestions for both men and women, a cohesive guide to help you curate the perfect wardrobe during your time off. Whether you’re heading to Baja, Greece, the Amalfi Coast, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!
We’ve already given some general advice on how to stay stylish and avoid common mistakes. While you should always keep those ideas in mind, there are definitely some more specific guidelines with each season. Summer is essentially upon us, and although these few months are all about relaxing and enjoying ourselves, we shouldn’t forget to keep it together. So, here are eight style tips catered exclusively to summer:
Before summer’s over, you’ve definitely got to get a little more vacation time in. And now that you’ve got some suggestions for where to go, it’s time to talk about what to pack. Sure, it mostly depends on the location, since a tropical getaway would probably call for a different wardrobe from that of a visit to a city. Regardless, this is definitely the best opportunity to try out some of summer’s hottest trends while you’ve still got time. Prints, bold colors, and of course, swimwear are all some staple concepts for vacation packing. Meanwhile, your styles can always lean towards the more relaxed; think loose silhouettes and light, breathable fabrics. There’s no need to overpack, as a small selection of fashionable yet comfortable looks would be ideal for a quick getaway. This is your time off, after all.
Whether daywear, beachwear, or evening-appropriate ensembles, here are some ideas for what looks to rock, and ultimately, what to pack on vacation for both girls and guys.
LOOK 1, DAY:
-Stella McCartney Square sunglasses, $250
-J. Crew Apiece Apart cropped short-sleeve tee, $90
-Mother of Pearl minos printed crepe de chine culottes, $680
-Marni sandals, $438
-Givenchy Lucrezia light pink mini leather tote, $2,315
LOOK 2, BEACH:
-Linda Farrow cat eye elaphe sunglasses, $730
-Lisa Marie Fernandez “Lauren” flounce bikini, $400
-Athena Procopiou palawani printed silk cover-up, $637
-Woman by Common Projects minimalist black sandal, $395
-Flora Bella Nappa beach tote, $189
LOOK 3, EVENING:
-Proenza Schouler tie-dye cotton t-shirt, $320
-Maison Martin Margiela silver charm three layer necklace, $595
-Acne Studios romantic skirt, $390
-Birkenstock Monterey sandals, $195
-Proenza Schouler PS1 crossbody wallet, $785
LOOK 1, DAY:
-Saint Laurent bold 5 square frame acetate sunglasses, $325
-Saint Laurent printed silk shirt, $890
-Acne Studios ace dry-denim jeans, $220
-Birkenstock Monterey sandals, $195
LOOK 2, BEACH:
-Lanvin polarized square frame acetate sunglasses, $405
-Kenzo color block t-shirt, $111
-Kenzo swim trunks, $78
-Dan Ward rubber flip flops, $125
-Wooyoungmi leather-trimmed paneled cotton-canvas tote bag, $260
-Frescobol Carioca striped linen beach towel, $160
LOOK 3, EVENING:
-Issey Miyake Men itajime jersey t-shirt, $368
-Rick Owens cropped trousers, $1,070
-Tod’s gommino suede driving shoes, $445
Whether you’re in New York, London, LA, Paris, or elsewhere, there’s no doubt that you’re itching for an escape after working hard for the larger portion of the summer. So, where to? Is your ideal getaway your time to let loose and party with friends? Or would you rather just lay out on the beach and take it easy? How about a trip to a city you’ve always wanted to see? Sure, some of these suggestions may be no-brainers, and there are plenty more places in the world worth mentioning. Regardless, check out our list of some of the top vacation destinations, and enjoy your time off!
A bit of a broad destination, Tuscany encompasses some of Italy’s greatest locations, including Florence, Pisa, and Siena. And just as you’d expect, there are limitless options for wine tours, mind-blowing cuisine, and shopping. Whether you’d prefer to dive into one of the region’s urban centers, or if you’d rather explore the rolling hills and olive groves in the more rural spots, the options are endless for making this your ideal vacation.
Where to stay: Relais Borgo Santo Pietro (Siena)
Still feeling Italy but more into a trip to the Riviera? Hit up Cinque Terre, one of the hottest new spots in the Mediterranean. Cinque Terre is full of things to see, specifically the vibrantly colored houses that line the multifaceted terrain (hence the name). Hiking is the thing to do, while the crystal clear, bright blue water is basically begging to be swam in. And of course, food and drink is essential for your visit.
Where to stay: Porto Roca
In this archipelago off of Africa’s eastern coast, Praslin Island is definitely the place to be. Real talk, there isn’t much more to do here than exploring the beaches and the landscape. But with lush vegetation, white sand, and turquoise water, what more could you really want? Rated one of the world’s best beaches by several different travel sites, Anse Lazio is literally a real-life postcard that’s definitely worth visiting.
Where to stay: Raffles Praslin (Anse Takamaka, Praslin Island)
Yes, Brazil is a huge country that’s full of things to do, so this is just another generalization. But if you’ve got enough time, definitely check out everything that the country has to offer. With the hype from the World Cup finally dying down, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are now back to their regular status as huge centers for nightlife, food, music, culture, and much, much more. And let’s not forget about the state of Bahia, specifically Salvador, which is teeming with fascinating history. If you do anything during this trip, you’ve got to stop by Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha, arguably the best beach in the world.
Where to stay: Pousada Teju-Acu (Estrada da Alamoa, Fernando de Noronha, State of Pernambuco)
Look through your Instagram feed, and you’re guaranteed to see lots of posts from somewhere in Greece. Whether your friends are exploring their touristy sides in Athens or partying the night away in Mykonos, it’s pretty much clear that you’ve got to get in on the action. But maybe try something different and hit up Elafonissi Beach on the small island of Elafonissi, where seashells give sand a pinkish tint to compliment the vivid water.
Where to stay: Hotel Nikolas Makris Tihos (Elafonissi)
When it comes to the Maldives, there’s just about no way to go wrong. But to be specific, Kaafu Atoll is a literal paradise. As secluded as possible with dreamlike beaches, there’s nothing better than simply relaxing by the water with a drink in hand. This is definitely a luxury destination, but after lots of hard work, you deserve it.
Where to stay: Cocoa Island by COMO
It goes without saying that Hawaii is always at the top of people’s lists, but it doesn’t get much better than Lanikai Beach. Located in a secluded neighborhood in Kailua, Oahu, the beach stays pristine all year round, with limitless options for cultural and natural exploration. Lanikai Beach is a little more difficult to find than most other spots in Oahu, especially with the lack of hotels in Kailua, but the various inns and B&B’s are sure to make travelers feel at home. And despite Hawaii’s geographic distance, it’s a relatively easy trip for all of the American travelers out there. It could easily be everyone’s new favorite spot.
Where to stay: The Hula Breeze (Kailua, Oahu)
Like most of the other European destinations on this list, Barcelona has so, so much to offer. Putting the expansive city right on the beach makes it perfect for those who want a little more activity besides just laying out and relaxing. Sure, that’s definitely a viable option. But if that gets boring, the endless shopping, art, music, food, and other entertainment outlets are just blocks away. Maybe it’s not Paris or Milan, but Barça’s still a top-tier fashion capital, informed by the creativity seen on every corner. Tourist attractions like Parc Güell and Sagrada Família are definitely worth the crowds, too. Meanwhile, the city’s nightlife is like none other, with some of the world’s best nightclubs lining the beautiful beaches. If you’re doing Barça, definitely stay for a while.
Where to stay: Hotel Arts Barcelona
Although the nightlife and shopping options aren’t as expansive, who could want anything more than a spectrum of blue water and powdery sand beaches that define the Turks & Caicos capital? Grace Bay is often ranked another one of the world’s best beaches, and it should come as no surprise; places like this are what fantasies are made of.
Where to stay: The Venetian on Grace Bay
As proven by our experience in Kenya last summer, this is another place that you’ll need to set aside a lot of time for. From the bustling hub of Nairobi to the incredibly lush Naivasha, there’s an incredible amount of things to see and do. Sure, going on safari is always a necessity, which is perfect to do in Amboseli. But wildlife can pop up nearly anywhere, making this East African gem one of the most dynamic and exciting spots in the world. And if you’re just looking for some beach time, definitely go to Diani in Mombasa or Malindi right along the Indian Ocean; the serene beaches are stunning enough to rival many of the other destinations on this list. Again, definitely make some room in your schedule for this trip. You won’t regret it.
Where to stay: Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa (Mombasa)
“What should I wear?!”
A common question that occurs all too often, this conundrum is exceptionally present in the summertime. While there are plenty of tips regarding day-to-day dressing in the summer, as well as that for the season’s omnipresent music festivals, there’s one occasion that bring in a whole new monster to tackle: the day party.
Whether you’re getting “turnt up” at HQ‘s Beach Club in Atlantic City, hitting up a bougie boat party somewhere like Miami or Saint Tropez, or doing an exceptionally lively brunch, the day party is definitely going to be a thing, and you’re in crucial need of the right outfit.
First thing’s first: this isn’t evening. Ladies, leave your skintight dresses and stilettos at home, and guys, save the dinner jacket for later. A main essential for separating yourself from nighttime attire is the use of vibrant colors and prints. For males, it’s still a good choice to look relatively put together, which unfortunately means you’ll have to leave the shorts behind. Yes, it’s hot out. You’ll live. Trade in your cutoffs for some high-quality denim, or for the more adventurous gents, some printed trousers (worn with a solid-colored shirt, of course). There’s a little more flexibility in terms of womenswear, as shorts are okay here (fashion isn’t fair, guys), along with dresses and skirts from maxi to mini. But please don’t do the high-low thing; it’s over and you’ll look basic, seriously.
It’s equally imperative to stay comfortable, as the heat and the dancing and the drinks and whatever else comes into the equation will lead to one hell of an exhausting day. Both genders should opt for something light and easy; this would be the time to bust out those silky blouses or linen garments. However, comfort doesn’t mean slutty. If that diaphanous shirt is a little too sheer, plan accordingly or choose something else. There’s always such a thing as shorts being too short, too. Meanwhile, swimwear can pose a threat, as a lot of these events involve beaches or pools. It should be obvious to wear your swimsuit under a presentable outfit, but some like to wear their bikini tops as shirts. Unless you’re literally just chilling with your friends, you should maybe compromise and try out a crop top instead. We all like to show some skin, but keep it together. You’re still in public, after all (yes, even at that “private” party).
Comfort should also be a focus when it comes to shoes. Depending on the specific occasion and venue, sandals are usually a go-to for girls, while slides and sneakers can also work from time to time. Sure, even the dudes can get away rocking their favorite pair of mandals given the right time and place, though espadrilles and drivers are usually a better bet. But beware, because your footwear could easily launch you into “basic” territory just as much as a high-low skirt. Yes, wedges are comfortable, and some of them are really great, but there’s also a huge chance of you looking very pedestrian if you don’t choose the right pair. It’s okay, you really don’t need the extra height. And don’t think guys can’t veer towards the uninspiring if they aren’t a little careful; a button-down with chinos and driving shoes will need to be impressively accessorized in order to look anything other than boring.
Speaking of accessories, pay attention to these, too. Just like at a music festival, flower headbands need to stop existing. Like, really. Don’t. Instead, this would be the perfect time for an oversized hat (never a fedora), a funky necklace, and of course, your sickest shades. Yes, finally, a party where you can wear sunglasses and not look like an asshole! It would also be in your best interest to leave your fine jewels and fancy clutch at home; for whatever reason, people can sometimes get even crazier during the day than they do at night, and you don’t want to put your prized possessions at risk.
With all that said and done, let’s finally answer the big question of what to wear. Take a look below for a selection of day party outfit suggestions for both girls and guys!