As summer is now in full swing with a long holiday weekend coming up, I’m pretty sure most of you have vacations lined up whether it’s a tropical destination or a nearby getaway. Whatever that may be for you, it calls for a vacation wardrobe update! Shopping for new summer vacation outfits have been quite the challenge this year considering we had to give them up entirely last year. I find myself wanting everything from playful, flirty dresses to updated basics. The reality is that you probably don’t need that many new pieces. I wanted to put together this guide to show you exactly where it’s worth putting your money – and where you might be better off saving.
Where I Splurge…
I love taking advantage of the opportunity to glam up for a night out, but the reality is that you’ll probably only have one special occasion to dress up when you’re on vacation. So, you really only need one or two splurge-worthy dresses to look and feel your best. Try to go for pieces that can be worn day and night so you can continue to wear it even when you’re back home.
Matching Set (also a save)
There are plenty of cute affordable matching sets, but I recommend spending a little more on nicer sets that can stand the test of time. The fact that they can be styled separately make them more worthwhile too.
Swimwear isn’t something I buy year-round, so when I do buy them, I prefer to go for quality pieces that I can wear again the following year. They’re typically made with better materials that hold their shape and color, making them worth every penny.
There are so many reasons to invest in a designer bag – but my favorite is that they create a foundation for my wardrobe. Whether I’m pairing them with casual, everyday outfits, resort wear or tailored separates, they never feel out of place. I prefer totes when I’m en route to my destination, but love crossbody bags (like this one) when I’m out and exploring.
Tularosa Ribbed Tank (exact style sold out, similar here and here) | Song of Style Midi Skirt (sold out, similar here) | Chanel Sandals (better for budget here) | Bottega Veneta Sunglasses | Fendi Sunshine Tote (also love this one)
Designer shoes, in general, are way more comfortable than their more affordable counterparts. That’s why I always pack one or two designer shoes with me. Plus, I love how they make any outfit look more expensive.
Where I Save…
I’ll splurge on a show-stopping dress with intricate details, but will save on more simple ones made from ribbed knit and cotton. I’ve been loving anything with cutout details this season – they’re so sexy and feminine.
When it comes to summer tops, I try to keep my selections under $100 because trends change so fast! It’s rare that I’ll wear them again the following year. Lately, I’ve been finding the best styles at Abercrombie, Express, Nordstrom & H&M.
Matching Set (also a splurge)
The matching set trend is definitely worth saving on too since there are so many cute styles available at Asos, Express, Abercrombie, and more.
There’s no shame in wanting to put your best foot forward when you’re on vacation. I’ll typically pack some trendy and budget-friendly sandals for the pool or when I’m doing a lot of walking so that I don’t ruin my designer shoes.
Finally, there’s no shortage of raffia bags, straw totes, and woven hats for the beach. Since these are more seasonal pieces, it’s perfectly fine to go after more affordable options. I find that they tend to be more durable by nature, so you don’t have to worry about them falling apart – even if you skimped on quality.
More Vacation Style Ideas…
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