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SUMMER CAPSULE WARDROBE

YOUR VACATION PACKING LIST

Whether you’re going on a fast-paced city break or a relaxing trip to the ocean, here are the capsule wardrobes to pack for a stress-free summer vacation

What to pack for a beach vacation

Lots of us will be swapping far-flung tropical destinations for a charming local beach or lake this year – but that doesn’t mean compromising on fun. Embrace traditional seaside cheer with a cute striped dress (that doubles up as a beach cover-up) and sunshine-yellow sweater, perfect to wear with casual pants. If you’re blessed with hot weather, a printed bikini or swimsuit is a beach essential, but make sure you have a layer for breezier days, too – a classic denim jacket will do the trick. As for accessories, we’re loving natural textures like straw and raffia – look for a tote bag that’s big enough to fit a beach towel in, too.

Not sure which bathing suit to go for? Check out our guide to the hottest swimwear trends for 2021.


What to pack for a city break

There’s nothing like visiting another city to fire up your fashion imagination – who hasn’t been inspired by an amazingly chic local while sauntering around Paris, London or Rome? If you want to look good while tackling the metropolis – even if it’s within your own state – go for pieces in a complementary palette, with neutral accessories – such as tan sandals and a straw hat – that match everything. A simple, statement dress is always a winner and is perfect for transforming for day to night with the addition of jewelry and red lipstick. Et voilà! City slicker style, sorted.

Looking to find the perfect dress on a budget? Here are the best summer dresses under $125.


What to pack for a camping trip

When it comes to camping, it’s all about layers – pop on a printed tee with a denim jacket and waterproof coat and you’ve got the right balance of playfulness and practicality. Hardwearing denim shorts and light, breathable chinos are both a great choice, as is a backpack you can fling into the corner of the tent without half your possessions falling out. Depending on the weather forecast, your footwear of choice could be anything from rain boots to white sneakers – and make sure you pack extra socks for cold toes at night.

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