What to Wear to the Top Summer Vacation Spots of 2018: USA
When it comes to packing, every single inch of suitcase space counts. Which is precisely why we recommend curating location-specific, carry-on friendly outfit ideas for every type of summer adventure. Ahead you'll find some of the top U.S. vacay destinations for 2018 along with the most versatile shoes, clothing, and accessories to keep you looking fabulous *and* your travel bag light.
Austin, TX: Known as the live music capital of the world (yes, world!), Austin is the ideal destination for adventurous audiophiles. Enjoy the Texan town by getting your (ear) fill of music, eating your weight in Tex Mex, and then heading out to Hill Country for some laid-back wine tasting. (Photo via Getty)
R13 Jackie Trucker Jacket ($318): Bring this lightweight, jean jacket for airport travel *and* the occasional nighttime, cool-off. Besides, life is just better in denim.
Zara Off-the-Shoulder Dress ($70): All the yeses to this versatile and very affordable frock. Paint the town olive in this smart and sexy smock without sacrificing comfort.
Universal Thread Maritza Multi Strap Toe Slide Sandal ($16): It's all about finding that one pair of strappy, summer slides that go with absolutely *everything*. Comfy sandals you can walk or dance for miles in. These are IT.
UO Large Silky Square Scarf ($18): This French girl-approved accessory is just the piece to give your outfit a seriously sleek day to night upgrade. No matter how you tie it on, you're sure to look très cowgirl chic.
Gorjana Chloe Ear Jackets ($65): Because choosing the ideal travel jewelry can be tough, we always advocate for ease and sophistication. Simple yet unique statement earrings that pair with both dresses and denim, and can be worn over and over again — no matter the music venue.
Clare V. Marcelle Backpack ($399): Ditch the crossbody and clutch in favor of this perforated leather backpack that's ergonomic and just plain gorgeous. Tote your essentials all over Austin town while keeping your hands free to boogie.
San Juan Islands, WA: No one does sailing and laidback island vibes better than the San Juans. Bop around on ferries, peep incredible wildlife, and explore these lush islands on foot while enjoying life at a slower, more relaxed pace. (Photo via Getty)
Sézane Carene Dress ($180): Backless and elegant, this pin-striped midi will perfectly suit you on every island ferry adventure and peaceful picnic ahead.
Superga 2750 Alexa Chung Varnish ($70): This very special patent version of the iconic sneaker is the ultimate answer to sometimes wonky, Washington weather. The best part? These kicks look fabulous when styled with skirts and dresses too.
Hat Attack Transparent Hat ($88): Rain, rain, come again some other day! But if it doesn't (as per usual), you'll be ready with a packable, vinyl answer to keeping your lovely locks dry.
EF Collection 14k Gold Diamond Mini Bar Necklace ($275): We all want that one everyday necklace that is elevated *and* uncomplicated. You can wear this sparkly bar pendant anywhere, forever.
Raen Remmy Alchemy Sunglasses ($170): Fashion meets function in this lightweight yet sturdy pair of shades. Protect your eyes and never, ever sacrifice style whether on land or sea.
Elizabeth and James Satin Fanny Pack ($195): You don't need to pack much for your Northwest jungle jaunt. This crimson fanny will wick whatever rain comes your way while keeping your iPhone and wallet close.
Kauai, HI: From Waimea Canyon to the Napali Coast, Hawaii's Garden Isle touts tropical splendor, laidback livin', and outdoor activities galore. Surf, kayak, hike, or just beach your heart out on this lush and very magical island. (Photo via Getty)
Seea Lido Bell Flower One-Piece ($125): Every gal needs a swimsuit that's actually made for the sea. This pretty one-piece will stay secure no matter how much snorkeling, cross-stepping, or swimming you decide to do.
Roxy Endless Summer 2" Boardshorts ($25): No beach trip is complete without quick drying, short shorts — ideal for hiking, surfing, or beach towel chilling.
Havaianas Slim Tropical Flip Flops ($34): Bring your own tropical "slippahs" to wear in between barefoot beach sessions.
Billabong All Day Lad Hat ($25): 2018 may just go down as the year of "dad fashion" and TBH, we're perfectly okay with it. Make Papa proud and protect yourself from that Hawaiian sun in this minimalist cap.
Nashville, TN: If you're in search of a boot stompin', honky tonkin', BBQin' good time — Music City may just be your new summer vacay hot spot. Home to some of the nation's most legendary barbecue joints and music venues, Nashville is the place to go for foodies and music-lovers alike. (Photo via Getty)
MSGM Denim Fringe Western Blouse ($495): You don't have to be a Nashvillian to rock some denim fringe like a champ. Just don't be surprised if you're mistaken for a local.
Levi's 501 DIY High Rise Shorts ($80): Black shorts with a bit of zippered flair are just the right match for some contemporary cowgirl boots.
See By Chloé Western Leather Boots ($545): Because you're actually a cowgirl at heart. And because you'll want to wear these quality kicks every day after your vacation, too.
Reformation Market Tote ($298): This veggie-tanned tote doubles as a both your airplane carry-on and your daily carry-all.
Ahlem Champagne Place Violet Sunglasses ($490): Meet the tortoise-cat eye-aviator shades June Carter Cash only dreamed of. Yes, ma'am.
Variance Objects Raw Australian Opal Hook Earrings ($468): Rough cut opals set in simple claw settings are just the everyday ear candy we need in our lives.
Montauk, NY: This hipster's beach paradise is definitely where it's at if you're looking for the CHILL vacay vibes. Pack your boho babe essentials and head to a place that's just so not NYC. (Photo via Getty)
J. Crew Embroidered Tie-Shoulder Dress ($75): Every Montauk beach-bound bb needs a cover-up that doubles as an actual dress. Effortlessly head from sand to shindig in this delicately embroidered LBD.
Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal ($65): Complete the beach to bar look in striped espadrilles that really work for you.
Janessa Leone Ruth ($285): Combine your UV protection with effortless style and you have the hat of your sun-kissed dreams.
Barton Perreira Voyant Cat Eye Sunglasses ($565): Relax in the protectively sleek shade of these over-sized sunnies. Me-ow.
Sought & Found Marrakesh Straw Tote ($68): Romance novel? Check. SPF 30+? Check. No worries? Check, check.
Palm Springs, CA: Hit up this year-round resort destination in serious SoCal tradition. Bring on ALL the pool parties, desert exploration, and mid-century modern love in laid-back, flamingo float style. (Photo via Getty)
Blank NYC Netglow Jumper ($88): We always say yes to the denim dress. Especially when it comes to dressing for warm Palm Springs dayz.
Kate Spade New York Icarus Pineapple Slides ($98): Fruity fabulous looks SO good on you. Ace the Ace in sweet, juicy pineapple style.
Krewe STL II Nylon Pink Havana To Rose 24K ($375): Create that rosé all day effect with Palm Springs-perf sunnies that actually work.
Eugenia Kim x Jose Cuervo Bunny 'Sippin N Dippin' ($475): We sippin' on watermelon margs. And pretty much anything we want — 'cuz we are on VACATION!
Solid & Striped Bailey Swimsuit ($158): Kill it in neon like only a true desert kween would.
Poolside Bags Le Superette Issa Vibe Tote Bag ($165): Gather it all in a fierce tote worthy of your warm weather essentials.
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