Deciding where to splurge vs save on in your everyday wardrobe is typically a seamless and stress-free process. Oftentimes, you already know which high-quality staples to invest in. However, when it comes to your vacation style, it’s a little bit trickier. The dilemma we all run into is that the cutest resort pieces are typically the most expensive – but perhaps not extremely wearable for everyday. On the other hand, the most practical pieces aren’t the ones you’d necessarily want to wear on a relaxing vacation. Through the years of documenting my outfits, I’ve definitely learned a few things about shopping for stylish and practical resort wear. Read on to find out where its best to save and splurge when it comes to your vacation outfits.
Where I Splurge…
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Elegant summer dresses are a must for all your travels. When I get away to warm and tropical destinations, I always pack a few elaborate day-to-night dresses that I wouldn’t normally wear when I’m at home. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really get glammed up anymore unless the occasion calls for it. So, vacations are an excuse for me to put my best foot forward especially for a romantic dinner date.
I don’t mind spending a little more money on a bathing suit, especially if I know I’ll re-wear it. The benefit of splurging on swimwear is that the fit and coverage are usually better. And with higher-quality materials, they feel more comfortable on too. Plus, if you are in and out of the pool throughout the season, you’ll want something that will maintain its shape and not fade from exposure to chlorine.
I never leave the hotel without my sunglasses when I’m in vacation mode. Since I wear them so much, it makes sense to splurge on a quality pair that frames my face well and won’t break in my luggage. Designer sunglasses also offer sharper images, less glare, and premier SPF protection, which are essential for protecting the eyes.
A designer bag will instantly make any outfit look more expensive. Plus, they’re designed to last so you’ll be able to carry them beyond a vacation. A larger option like the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is great because it makes for a chic and roomy carry-on; however, I also love smaller bags because they elevate the most basic looks.
Where I Save…
My vacation uniform is a trendy top and denim cutoffs. While I will splurge on one or two dressier tops that can be reused later on, this is one of the categories I often choose to save on. Trends come and go quick and I love experimenting with them. So, it’s best to save on statement tops you know you may not reuse the next season.
Easy One Piece
Summer dresses, jumpsuits, and rompers will always be my go-to outfit because they’re easy to wear and don’t take up a ton of luggage space. I love that you can use them as a beach cover up or wear them to explore a new city. You can also transition them to a night out look with the right accessories.
If you are heading to the beach or plan on laying by the pool, you will certainly need a pair of sandals you can throw on without any worries. Although I have some designer options, I’ll usually pack a budget-friendly one so I don’t have to worry about ruining them.
I wear high-waisted denim shorts on repeat, so an affordable pair of cut-off denim shorts are perfect for throwing in your bag for everyday outfits. While on vacation, you can easily dress them up with a summery blouse or dress them down with a cozy t-shirt.
I may tote around a designer bag when I’m exploring or heading to dinner, I don’t haul them out to the beach. Instead, I prefer to go with a less expensive option that’s large enough to throw all your vacation essentials in. Woven bags are all the rage this season and there are tons of great straw options to pick from.
When it comes to shopping for an upcoming vacation, it’s good to set boundaries so you don’t break the bank before you even leave! These are just a few fashion items in which I can divvy my money up to create the perfect summer wardrobe that’s a mix of both high and low pieces.