I refuse to believe that summer is more than half way over and that it’s almost time to start shopping for jackets and tall boots. I don’t know if it’s denial or optimism, but what I do know is that there’s a lot more things I want to do and many more places I hope to see before the leaves start turning and I get my sweaters out of storage Because summer is the season for road tripping, I thought I’d put together some recommendations on packing the fool-proof, road warrior bag.
The ultimate weekender bag is the essential foundation for any car trip. It should be spacious, durable and make you excited to fill it up and toss it the backseat of the car.Â Unfortunately, they’re not the easiest to find – many of my favorite handbag designers don’t carry a size big enough, while fashionable styles from luggage brands are far and few in between SalvatoreÂ FerragamoÂ offers a sweet option in canvas, but at a designer price ($1,750 atÂ neimanmarcus.com) For designer deals, I’ve had good luck at T.J.Â MaxxÂ because they carry such a wide selection of quality Italian leather lines. Check out a store near you for unique, good-size options.
Before I start packing, I first plan my travel outfit, so in this case – what I’m going to wear in the car. When considering road trip-worthy wear think comfortable yet cute. Breezy, light-weight pants are my choice since they’re loose-fitting yet provide coverage for those long car trips when you need to stretch your legs in front of you on the dash. ByÂ MaleneÂ Birger‘sÂ silk print pants are perfect ($360 at net-a-porter.com) – you’ll stay cool and will be stylish enough for any stop along your journey. Remember to bring a cardigan or pull-over in case the A/C is not in your control!
Regardless of whether your trip involves small towns or a metropolitan destination, be sure to pack one pair of jeans If you pair them with flats or sandals, a ribbed tank and summer cashmere sweater, you’ll be prepared for any adventure that comes your way. Try dark denim in a boot cut or skinny leg and look for wrap sweaters like Jae Basilio’sÂ CardiÂ Wrap in feather gray ($239 atÂ basicboutique.com). Another fool-proof tourist outfit is a day dress, and this summer I’m loving tank dresses like Michael Stars stripe tie dye tank dress ($78 atÂ revolveclothing.com).
Of course one of the most important items you’ll pack for a summer trip is probably your swimsuit and cover-up. Because swimwear is so personal, I’ll focus on your cover-up options. I like to pack a couple versions – something sporty that is good for activity, and somethingÂ flirtierÂ that’s perfect for a beach bar. For the former, I’m a fan of J. Crew‘s cozy cotton tunic with hood ($59.50 atÂ jcrew.com), which comes in grey, white, navy and spearmint. And if you want your cover-up to be as fun as your bikini, try a dressier style, such as DianeÂ vonÂ Furstenberg‘sÂ “Liz” cover-up ($295 atÂ shopbop.com).
Finally, remember to pack a dinner or night out dress that isn’t too fussy, yet will make it a special night. I like strapless maxis for this purpose; they pack well and show off a summer tan.Try a print likeÂ BCBG‘sÂ palm print ruffle dress ($188 atÂ bloomingdales.com) and pair with flats. Pull your hair back into a loose bun at the nape of your neck and accessorize with large gold hoops. If a maxi isn’t your style, opt for a an easy look like ThreadÂ Social‘sÂ strapless dress in silk twill ($438 atÂ shopbop.com). You will look smashing in person, and even better in your vacation photos!
1. Salvatore Ferragamo Lotus Canvas Weekender $1,750
2. By Malene BirgerÂ Chambers Birds Pants $360
3. Jae Basilio Anthony Cardi Wrap $238.70
4. Michael Stars Stripe Tie Dye Tank Dress in Fuschia $78
5. J. Crew Pique Promenade Tunic $59.50
6. Diane von Furstenberg Liz Cover-Up $295
7. BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Ruffle Palm Print Maxi Dress $188
8. Thread Social Strapless Dress $438
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