As the world begins to open up its doors to travelers once again, anxious summer go-getters like us are on the move. With our passports at the ready and a destination in mind, we're ready to load up that suitcase with all the summer essentials.
We figured you're like us and are thinking of what to pack for your own summer getaways, which is why we've compiled our ultimate summer packing list that's both chic and versatile. Whether you're on your way to Santa Monica or Los Cabos, Cannes or Lake Como, our universal packing list will keep you looking gorgeous every day of the trip without all the hassle of having to overpack.
1. The Essential Bikini
The first item on everybody's packing list come summertime is the inevitable favorited bikini that will undoubtedly be worn every day of the trip. That's why we decided to start out with not only a Frankies Bikinis signature swimsuit, but one that comes in multiple colors and is easy to pack.
The Austin Top and Bottom are inspired by your favorite ribbed tank and paired with a signature knot beneath the bust and a classic v-shaped bottom. Whether worn as a 90's style hi-rise or worn snug on the hips, this bikini has got the ultimate feminine flair. Plus it's incredibly comfortable.
Austin Top, $92
Austin Bottom, $84
2. The Everyday Sunglasses
If it's summer, then there's bound to be some sun, so do a good job and protect those lovely eyes of yours with Diff Eyewear's Lenox sunglasses. Featuring a silver frame and a bit of geometric flair, it's a unique take on your classic aviators.
As with all Diff sunglasses, these come with 100% UVA/UVB protection, premium scratch resistant nylon lenses, and a protective case and cleaning cloth - perfect for tossing into your beach bag or carry on or whatever.
Lenox Sunglasses, $98
3. The Cover-Up that Partners as an Evening Gown
Dive into summer in this flowy paisley and floral printed maxi dress. It's the ideal go-to when looking for a swimsuit cover-up or for perusing the downtown shops on your way to a sunset dinner in Bali.
This lovely sun-kissed dress is fully lined and features a pleated bodice and an adjustable halter neck tie. The airy silhouette and pleated bust look smashing on all body types, and the long leg slit will keep you looking fabulous wherever your adventure winds up taking you.
Sunshine Maxi, $84
4. Your Sightseeing Crossbody Bag That's Also Your Evening Clutch
We all need a fashionably hands-free handbag for our summer sightseeing endeavors, and the Good Vibes Clutch is no exception. Featuring a vegan leather woven exterior and a wooden top frame closure, not to mention a detachable chain shoulder strap, sport this baby all day seeing the sights in Athens, then snap the chain off in the evening to complete your dinner outfit.
Good Vibes Clutch, $102
5. The Co-ord that Doesn't Always Have to Match
Co-ord sets are perfect for traveling, as you can interchange the matching pieces with other items in your wardrobe for a more comprehensive set of outfits without needing to overpack, meanwhile utilizing every piece to its absolute fullest. The key is to strategically pick out other items that pair well with each section of the co-ord. That way, it won't matter what you choose. Everything will, well...coordinate.
Hollie Top, $72
6. The All-Occasion Sandals
You can't go wrong with a classic pair of flip flops. And for your summer vacay, what else can be more ideal for padding through the tile streets, the sandy beaches, the boardwalk, or literally anywhere else?
This pair from Malvados is sure to have a place in everyone's suitcase. The padded foot bed makes these sandals ultra comf. Plus, they come in multiple colors for every vacation outfit you happen to bring. As far as 'musts,' go, these are practically #1.
Lux Sandals, $42
7. The Over-The-Top Earrings That are Also Lightweight
Whether you're on your way to South America, Africa, Spain, or where have you, a pair of exotic earrings will help you fit in no matter what the destination.
These long fabric earrings are delicate but bold, and the black and white pattern mixed with gold detailing makes them a subtly striking piece to spice up any outfit. But the best part is: they're stunningly lightweight - perfect for your summer getaway.
Raquel Earrings, $24
8. The High-Low Dress that Puts the Summer in Summer Dress
Riviera Dress, $134
Laguna Straw Bag, $82
9. Your Day-to-Night Jumpsuit
This floral and flirty jumpsuit from Free People is definitely a showstopper for summer. Featured in a wide-leg halter style with cutout detailing and waist tie for added emphasis, you'll walk the proverbial catwalk this summer.
Pair it as we have here with the Lindsey Straw Hat in black. Trust us, it's satisfy the look.
Kissing Sunlight Jumpsuit, $128
Lindsey Straw Hat, $156
10. The Ultimate One-Piece
Sometimes, showing less skin is the glamorous way to go. The Sol one-piece swimsuit from Ris-K takes a traditional one piece and styles it to the next level for all those Mediterranean afternoons along the Amalfi Coast.
A soft netted fabric gives this suit a unique texture while an adjustable tie defines the waistline perfectly. This piece is fully lined with a scoop neckline and cheeky coverage in the rear. As an added bonus, it also comes in two colors.
Sol One-Piece, $68
11. The Easiest Romper You'll Ever Buy
Nothing says summer more than a flirty romper in sunshine hues, and the For Reals Romper is, well...for reals, ladies.
This particular striped romper is ultra lightweight and perfect for all those balmy days in Tahiti. It features a wrap front and plunging neckline with a tie sash at the waist and a zipper at the back. Meanwhile, flounce sleeves and ruffles at the hem give it a feminine and girlie touch. Pair it like we have with our woven Easy Going Bag for a fun daytime look.
For Reals Romper, $74
Easy Going Bag, $112
12. The Tropical Pattern that can be Worn Any Which Way
When you're off to the tropics, the best thing to do is to weave a little tropical print into your attire to really let the dewy bliss of coconuts and palm trees sink in. That's why we've picked the Havana Crop top and its matching Havana Pants from Le Salty Label for such outings as these.
For all those summer soirees sipping cocktails by the pool or dining high-class in the sand at the local luau, this co-ord set can be worn together or paired off for multiple tropical-themed outfits. Wear the crop top any number of ways while donning the high-waist flairs, or mix and match as desired. Either way, you'll successfully be channeling your not-so-inner vacay vibes, and isn't that really the goal here?
Havana Crop Top, $62
Havana Pants, $144
So there you have it: our 2020 summer packing list. We hope you can get out soon!
Until next time,
Bon Voyage, Bellas!