What to Wear on Vacation

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By • Apr 11th, 2011 • Category: Editor En Route Feature

So now that we’ve covered where to go and what accessories to pack for your next vacation, let’s get down to what’s most important: what you’re going to wear while strolling the streets of Paris and lounging on the beaches in Cadaques.

Louis Vuitton sure brings the whimsy.

I am loving the preppy and retro options out there- now when you can make your escape a full-on fantasy by pretending you’re in a 1960’s foreign film. Here are my picks:


This is probably better for lazing than swimming.

Miu Miu has an adorable pastel swimsuit or two for your weekend bag. The blush-coloredĀ Halterneck Swimsuit ($215) is retro and fun. Top with your cat-eye shades and you have the Barbie thing down.


For those of us who avoided the Easter candy.

Miu Miu’sĀ Frilled Triangle Bikini ($245) is another playful option which shows a little more skin- are you ready for a little beach blanket bingo?

Mix, match and buy one of each.

Diane Von Furstenberg has recently released her Diane Vintage Collection, which pairs prints from her archives with clean, modern lines to create pretty and preppy garments. The pieces are cool because they can go easily with solids in your suitcase, but are also perfect for those of us who like to experiment with mixing and matching prints- each print works with the next. Her new line offers dresses, shorts, tops, outerwear, bikinis and accessories like travel wallets, phone cases, laptop protectors, passport covers, totes, luggage tags and travel sets.

The only time to wear shorts this short is on vacation.

J.Crew’s Pointelle Short ($128) is supershort and a frisky orange color, which (surprisingly!) goes with nearly any neutral and many colors in your suitcase. White, nude, brown, navy and gray all look great with orange, and even prints like gingham. Steer clear of black to avoid looking like a jack-o-lantern. We love these with a crisp white button-down and flats.

You should probably own this dress, vacation or not.

A beautiful frock to wear with your espadrille wedges and a floppy hat, J.Crew’s Cecilia Dress ($158) is a perfect tea-length and the fabric is adorned with tiny Swiss dots. Gentle pleats and a matching sash are romantic and appropriate.

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Last but not least, a gal needs one fancy dress in her garment bag for that last night on vacation when you throw caution to the wind and book rezzies at the fanciest restaurant in town. Anthropologie’s Blurred Hydrangea Dress ($398) by Anna Sui fits the bill.

Another view.

Now all I need is a place to wear all this stuff. I hope you are reading this, TJ.

Bon Voyage!

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