Jen writes: so being the new mom that i am and considering i haven't been to the mall in ages, not to mention kept up with any trash mags lately to see what celebs are wearing, i was wondering if you could do a post on your blog about outfits you're taking to cabo! i have no idea what people are wearing these days and if what i have is still even considered "fashionable!" hee, hee! i don't want to be the frumpy mommy in cabo, so i thought you could give me a few tips or show me some outfits that i could easily (and cheaply) mimic possibly from forever 21 or the like that would be perfect for cabo.
I completely understand wanting to look great on vacation but not have to spend a lot of money. I have clothes that are just for beachy vacations because I will never get the chance to wear them here in Seattle so spending a lot of money on clothes like that just isn't practical.
I used to be an over-packer and bringing everything in my closet for a "just in case" until I started traveling like crazy for work and finally started to understand the fine art of packing for trips and that bringing less is actually a good thing.
My essentials for a beach vacation are easy to wear dresses, pretty tops and tanks, a lightweight scarf/shawl/pashmina, a nice pair of black shorts and a few pairs of shoes, mostly flats.
Here are my picks for what to bring on vacation, each item under $100!
#2 - cute swimsuit coverup that you can easily wear out to lunch or out shopping
#3 - Fun basic dress with a bit of flair so no other accessories are necessary. I tend to not wear jewelry during vacation so I look for dresses with interesting details.
#4 - a fun white dress to show off your tan! (but please always remember to use sunblock! sunburn is not a good look.)
I actually just bought this dress this past weekend to bring with me. It can convert from a dress to a skirt and is perfect to wear from the beach to dinner. Dress from JCrew - $78
All tops from Forever 21
When I feel like going a bit more casual, a pair of black shorts along with a fun top is my solution to still looking stylish.
#1 - No matter where I go, even if it's hot during the day, I almost always get cold at night so I like to bring a thin cardigan that I can pair over any outfit. This is perfect to go over any of these tops or any of the dresses above.
#2 - A graphic tank and flats sandals is such an easy but cute outfit. You can even layer this over dress #3 to create a different look!
#3 - The ruffles of this tank is just too cute and can feel dressy but not too dressy.
#4 - Sometimes I feel like I'm revealing too much in a tank top so I like to have fitted t-shirts with me as well in case I don't feel like showing off my shoulders.
The key to all these things is that the color scheme all matches so that no matter what you bring, you can mix and match and not have to worry about bringing things to match just one outfit.
You all know I love heels but I'm also practical enough to know that heels and beaches do not work. I do a lot of exploring when I'm on vacation so I need shoes that I can wear to walk around for long periods of time. I seriously detest those rubber flip flops that are quite popular. I see them as shower shoes and so very inappropriate to wear out anywhere. It is possible to find cute beach shoes without resorting to "shower shoes".
#1 and #2 I love these simple thong flats that you can wear to the beach but also look great with dresses or shorts.
It is fine to bring heels with you if you want to get dressed up for dinner and know that you won't be walking a lot to get there, however if you think you will be doing lots of walking and still want height, wedges are your answer.
#3 - I love the wooden heel wedge which makes it a bit more classy and appropriate for dinner. #4 - These espadrilles are casual but cute and can go with so many outfits.
I also wear items that I will want to wear on vacation on the airplane so that it's one less outfit to pack. So I would wear something like the #3 dress with leggings and the #1 cardigan and some Tory Burch flats.
Hope my tips have helped give you some options for your vacation. Happy Vacationing!!
Update: I just wrote this post this weekend and it seems that Lulu's has sold out of some of the dresses I chose! I can't seem to find the links for them either but if I do, I will include the links.