Packing the right outfits for your vacation can be difficult—it depends on a variety of factors, such as the weather, what activities you’ll be doing there, and whether you’ll need to pack light based on the luggage you’re carrying. Luckily, you don’t have to overstock to get the best vacation outfits that are comfortable and stylish. Here are our top picks.
1. Peasant/Maxi Dress
A dress like this is perfect for any destination, whether it’s a tropical location or a trip to Europe. It is not constricting and allows movement for a range of activities. In cooler destinations, you can bet on a long-sleeved version, put on comfortable leggings underneath or combine with a leather jacket. Dresses like these look great with dressier shoes and trainers, making this easy breezy essential a suitable day or night look.
2. Wedge and tunic
No matter where you’re going on vacation, this is a versatile, comfortable look that can be mixed and matched for different weather or social scenarios. In fall and winter in cooler destinations, you can dress it up with a jacket or chunky, oversized sweater and pair it with ankle boots. When it’s warmer outside, just wear the tunic with a pair of sandals or sneakers. A fuller coverage option for places where women are required to dress more modestly.
3. White t-shirt, jeans and wide-brimmed hat
You can’t go wrong with these capsule wardrobe items. The white t-shirt, made of cotton, will breathe and match any other clothing. In hot weather, it will help deflect heat instead of absorbing it. Jeans may be a little uncomfortable during a heat wave, but they are perfect for cool evenings and climates that fluctuate in temperature. Finally, top it all off with a wide-brimmed hat. Choose fabrics in the summer and felt or velvet when it’s cooler outside.
4. Black dress and Birkenstocks
The LBD gets a travel update with this outfit that’s sophisticated enough to wear to a museum or to dinner at a fancy restaurant. The dress should be flattering but not clubbing – a knit or something similar with ribbed detailing that falls around the knee is ideal. You can pair it with the ultimate travel shoe – the Birkenstock. There are many different styles of leather and straps, so you can find the perfect style for you.
For warm-weather locations like beaches or deserts, avoid tight clothing and instead opt for light, loose silhouettes in non-synthetic materials like silk and cotton. They will dry quickly and wick moisture away from your body. Kaftans are versatile garments that can be worn in bright colors or fun prints. Pair with a scarf and aviator sunglasses.
6. One piece swimsuit and wide leg pants
A surprising combination, a one-piece swimsuit can actually double as a bodysuit or leotard. Often available in attractive colors and patterns, these form-fitting jumpsuits are best paired with a long skirt or our favorite wide-leg pants. The result is a bohemian, globally stylish look that’s season-appropriate and flattering on a range of body types. Pair with your favorite leather bag to store all your travel essentials.
7. Oversized linen button-down shorts and jeans
The large zip is a must, this temperature-regulating material is breathable for all climates and has a relaxed, European-inspired look. It can be worn on its own with a bottom for a party look, layered over a swimsuit, unbuttoned over a dress or paired with denim shorts. The possibilities are endless—and they’ll all earn you compliments.
8. A mini skirt that doubles as a top
A clever trick that will save you space in your suitcase, this look is a two-in-one you won’t forget. The mini skirt is great for layering with leggings or to wear as an evening look, but can also be worn as a top to show off the shoulders or paired with a more casual look like jeans and a cardigan. The same goes for wrap skirts, which can be styled as halters.
9. Cotton shorts and a light sweater
These are staples that can be paired with other outfits, but also work great on their own—cotton shorts are more flexible and comfortable than denim shorts, while a light sweater (patterned or solid) can help you stay warm and cozy. They also look very boho chic together and can be paired with a scarf to protect against insect bites or can help you cover up if you’re visiting a holy place.
10. Chic tracksuit
Athleisure was the universe’s gift to us – a socially acceptable form of clothing that is just as comfortable as loungewear. A pair of slim jogging shoes and a matching jacket with a flattering fit is one of the most comfortable holiday outfits. You can choose the thickness of the material according to your destination – think thinner Adidas for hotter places or thicker ones like Champion for colder places.