Weekend Holiday Packing Tips

10 Things to Bring

1. Suit Up: Bathing suits don’t take up much space, so I think of them as a daytime wardrobe. I take two or three for a weekend, including a neutral leotard style which can double as a camisole off the beach.

Choose bathing suits that compliment your body shape. I suggest buying-good quality swimwear— think of it as an investment— because few things are more unattractive than a saggy, faded bathing suit.

2. It’s a Wrap: A sarong is a must. There are different ways to tie beach wraps, as dresses or skirts. If your swimsuit is patterned, pick a complimentary solid. If your swimsuit is solid, go for a pattern. A sarong can also serve as a beach towel, especially in early summer when the ocean is too cold to swim in anyway.

3. Tunic Time: Tunics have been around since ancient times, and remain a wardrobe staple in the Near East and North Africa. Tory Burch shot them into high style. Use a tunic as an alternative beach cover-up on a breezy day or pair it with jeans and heels at night.

4. Get Shorty: Go high or low as you please with a pair of neutral shorts, but keep it classy. A leotard swimsuit paired with short shorts and flat sandals looks great for lunch at a beach café or a stroll on the boardwalk.

5. The Great White T-shirt: I’m a devotee of white shirts and a white T-shirt is the summer equivalent. For years I wore Hanes and Levi 501s. Now I have lots of different fitted styles. Layer the T-shirt under other items on this list, including the dress below.

6. Little Wrinkle-Free Dress: I love natural fabrics, don’t get me wrong, but my failsafe no-wrinkle dress is an above-the-knee rayon/polyester black number with no sleeves and a collar.

I roll the dress into a 12-inch ruler that I never need to iron and always looks good. I dress it up with a chunky bling necklace at night.

7. Shoe Fly: One pair of stylish flats that are beach-friendly (so many out there) and one pair of heels are all you need. If you prefer bulkier shoes, like wedges, wear these when you travel to save on space. Bring flip-flops if you must.

8. Bag It: Tempting though my handbag collection is, I’ll pack a clutch for night and a small leather backpack for day. The bigger one travels with me.

9. Outer Wear: A thin cashmere cardigan in a pretty color is a must, especially in overly air-conditioned spaces, as is a neutral waterproof jacket that folds into a tiny pouch for rainy emergencies.

10. Best Accents Come Small: Bring a dressy necklace and a casual one— I prefer chunky wood-beads. Stash a patterned scarf to keep your hair in check on the beach, to loop though your shorts or jeans as a makeshift belt, and to wrap over your shoulders in a cold restaurant when wearing the dress. Protect your eyes with one fantastic pair of sunglasses.

 

 

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July 12, 2013. July.

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