No matter the vacation destination, nearly every woman faces the question of what to include in her suitcase without going overboard. There's no need to take the entire closet. We have five basic travel pieces that transform into three wearable looks.
The must-pack items? A white blouse, a neutral maxi skirt, a bikini, denim shorts, and a lightweight jacket or kimono. A basic blouse and maxi can easily be used as a transitional piece from day to night. Denim shorts are a basic Summer staple as is a black bikini. It's also nice to have a kimono on hand in the event that it cools down in the evenings or for airplane travel.
While staying in the heart of New York, a typical daytime pairing incorporates a white blouse and maxi skirt for a comfy and casual look that can be dressed up for a rooftop lunch. On the other hand, swapping out nude heels for a chunky pair of sandals makes for the ultimate look for wandering around the city.
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For a beach-appropriate look or to simply lounge around on a cabana, pairing a black bikini with denim shorts and sandals is simple yet beautifully wearable. Throw on a kimono for a boho-chic vibe that also serves as a little sun protector for the day. When it comes to accessorizing, pack neutral-toned bracelets that can be worn with various looks for different occasions.
Shop the look: kimono (shop similar), bikini top (shop similar), Levi's 501 cut-off denim shorts ($92), neutral sandals (shop similar), Rubbs White, Black, and Gold bracelets ($48)
A great way of transforming a maxi skirt from day to night is by tucking the bottom under the upper portion of the skirt and pulling it up to create a draped dress that is perfect for dinner. For a sleek and sexy look, cover the shoulders with a long kimono and cinch at the waist to accentuate the feminine shape.
Shop the look: kimono (shop similar), neutral maxi skirt (shop similar), nude pumps (shop similar