With a summer vacation around the corner, I bet a thrill of excitement is running through you right now. However, there is still one thing you need to do before you close your suitcase and get away for your summer vacation. To make your job easier this year or at least less stressful, here is my list of all the clothes, shoes and accessories you must pack into your baggage to be the most stylish and fashion forward girl on the beach and the street. Happy packing and don’t forget to send me a lovely postcard!
5 STYLES YOU SHOULD EMBRACE ON YOUR HOLIDAY THIS SUMMER
If you are spending your summer vacation sunbathing somewhere on the Croatian beach or any other beach by the Adriatic Sea or wandering through the European cities, there are five styles you need to know now. The stripes and ruffles obviously, the crochet, and florals that are still here, and the cold shoulder, of course. Best results come in when you mix and match this styles together. This is how you do it.
As it comes to the shoes and accessories. Mules, slides, slippers, elevated flats and metallic heels, best when with tassels. Oh, and sneakers of course. As it goes for the bags, there are more or less only two options that come to my mind straight away. The raffia bag, in all of the forms. That is the basket raffia bag, the straw tote you take to the beach or the market in the morning, raffia bucket bag and even raffia or rattan clutch. And for the evening? Raffia again, or the ring bracelet bag.
STRIPES & CROCHET & DARK FLORALS on YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY TO THE EUROPEAN CITIES
Weekend getaways to the European cities are my summer’s “must“. I simply love discovering new towns and also returning to the one I have already visited. My favourite summer trio is certainly Paris, London and … Rome.
There is something quite fabulous on the streets of glorious Rome in the summer. I think it’s the infinite Italian passion of life and Bellezza. You will feel it, the moment you will step out of the car and start exploring the city. Only one tip to make sure you enjoy in la dolce vita … put on some stripes, dark florals, and crochet, rent a moped and go on a whirlwind journey of the heart, from day to night. And don’t forget … When in Rome, wear as Brunette wears!
Stripes are this season’s number one print. If not already, I am sure you will fall in love with stripes this summer. There is no other pattern that would flatter everyone. While being so chic. For an ultra feminine and delicate look, for a truly modern and effortless feel, irresistibly elegant and powerful from morning to late evening, wear striped wide-leg trousers and lace or even better a crocheted bodysuit. For a chic look on the Roman streets wear floral shorts and striped sweater together with mules and a raffia bag.
THE DARK FLORALS
The flower print is dark and decadent this summer, heating the drama up. The best thing about dark florals, the gothic blooms make you ready for any occasion whenever and wherever. From taking photos near the Colosseum to the dinner at La Pergola Michelin star restaurant. Wear dark florals with pale pink sneakers during the day and metallic sandals for the night.
Surely, I must not forget on Ljubljana. What to wear in this small, yet elegant and beautiful city? In short anything chic. Again, stripes, crochet, and suits. Yes, you got it right.
And of course, some pleats. Because you are always one step ahead of the others. Best when on your vintage skirt you stole from your mother, as I did. By the way, check all about my vintage steal over here.
RUFFLES, STRIPES, FLORALS, CROCHET AND OFF THE SHOULDER for a Chic Seaside look on EUROPEAN BEACHES and in small SEASIDE TOWNS
If you are spending your summer laying on the most popular and beautiful coast of Adriatic sea … or exploring the historical towns by the sea like Venice, Dubrovnik or Piran, like me. Here is what you should be wearing from dawn to the dusk: the cold-shoulder ruffled striped dress, some silk shorts, romantic floral dress, crochet bikinis and the embellished shoes. It’s time for you to enjoy the summer, have fun, eat ice cream, drink cold cocktails and think of nothing else but sun, sea and your new summer love. Don’t forget: mix and match different fashion trends and have fun while wearing them.
Don’t think you have all packed if you haven’t put some floral pattern in your suitcase. Dark or not, as long as they are blooming. However, I’m still more for the dark florals as we can wear them all day long. You know what I mean? Why wasting any time of your vacation when you can wear one outfit all day long. By the way, you know I don’t mean serious, right. We love changing our clothes way too much to wear only one outfit all day long. Still, you know what you must put in your hand luggage, in case your suitcases get lost in the way.
After the off the shoulder trend, we were so obsessed with last year; there is a new way to show off your shoulders this year. The way to reveal the sexiest part of our body is even more unexpected this year. We could even say it’s more sophisticated than the off the shoulder. Anyway, there is no doubt that the cold shoulder silhouette flatters every single girl. After all, it’s all about the subtle styling and lots of romance. And the best thing, you don’t even need to have a beautiful buffed skin. Check here to see how I wear my ruffled cold shoulder shirt dress in Piran.
RUFFLES AND FRILLS
Obviously, you are not done with packing if there is no ruffle peeking out of your suitcase. Ruffles, ruffles, pleats and frill. Do I need to say anything else? Ruffles are so fresh, chic, fancy, relaxed and fun. Same as your holidays should be. You can wear them everywhere: on you skirt, around your neck, on a hem of your dress, or even better, on your sleeves. Oh, and on your swimsuit, of course.
No matter where your ruffles are, have fun wearing them.
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE BEACH AWAY AND CITY BREAK THIS SUMMER
Scroll down for my complete Vacation’s Essentials Packing Checklist.
1# RUFFLE DRESS
In short, ruffles are so fun and fun is all you need on your summer vacation.
2# THE BODYSUIT
For a truly modern and effortless feel. Wear it with a skirt in vivid print or lace midi skirt on your walk through the city.
3# COLD SHOULDER TOP
The subtle styling that works stunningly for day and night.
4# STRIPED DRESS
For a morning visit to the local market or for a day on a tourist boat.
5# FLORAL SHORTS
Wear the silk floral shorts while exploring the historic seaside towns during the day.
6# FRILL TOP
Goes well with everything. I like it best with a long silk skirt and embroidered denim shorts.
7# SUMMER DRESS IN FLORAL PRINT
The drama is up, and the gothic blooms make you ready for a night, while the pastel blooms … well, I don’t know what they do. But they are a summer staple.
For a good swim in the Adriatic sea. I fall in love with white crochet swimsuit and striped bikinis.
9# WIDE-LEG TROUSERS
Best in linen or silk. Even better in a floral print or moreover striped. Wear it with a crochet top as I did in Ljubljana. Remember, here.
10# WHITE T-SHIRT
It’s a summer basic we need everywhere we go. Rather pack more white t-shirts with you. Oh, and don’t forget on a statement slogan.
11# BOMBER JACKET
Because there is a chance you run into a storm or cold breeze if you are spending your holidays by the Adriatic Sea.
12# DENIM JACKET
Best when oversized. Denim jackets are fashionable. Again.
13# WHITE LACE DRESS
The summer dress you will definitely need and want to wear wherever you go. Mind the quality of the lace. Your lace should resist anything from sitting on the rocks by the coast to … boyfriend’s … and be thin enough to feel the summer breeze.
14# EMBELLISHED SANDALS
Either flat or high-heeled, as long as they have playful pompoms, glossy beads, coins and tassels. Wear them with … well with everything but shorts or minis. I so love mine Aquazzura blue tasselled sandals. Aren’t they just gorgeous? You have seen me wearing this stunning heels here and here.
Replace your ordinary flip-flops for beautiful slides. I love how great they go with silk shorts and even more how easily you can slip the slides off for dips in the pool. Hash hash, don’t tell anyone, but I don’t have a pair yet. However already on my shopping list. Now all I need to do is to choose a pair. You know what I mean. With the wide selection like this, I will have a hard time choosing only one.
16# FLAT MULES and SLIPPERS
17# FLATFORMS or ELEVATED FLATS
Equal parts are practical and a great option for those who don’t rule the high heels.
18# PALE PINK SNEAKERS
Yes, yes, we love them. Ideal for day-long walks through the city or by the beach. Just mind the sand.
19# WEDGES & ESPADRILLES
They are a summer must, aren’t day?
20# METALLIC SANDALS
Aww, my favourite shoes really. I love them so much, I actually wear them from morning to night.
21# RAFFIA BAG
No matter what shape as long as it’s a raffia bag. Well, rattan is fine, too. Only the beach bag? Absolutely not. Fashionistas wear them everywhere this summer. Yes, in the city, too. Check here to see how I wear my raffia basket bag with the white suit when out and about in Ljubljana.
22# BRACELETED RING BAG
Don’t have one yet, so it’s hard for me to speak about this bag with passion. It’s pretty though. And I’m sure I could wear it all day long when exploring the new city. Who needs to carry a heavy handbag on when traveling anyway.
By the way, in case you don’t know what to put in a small handbag check here. I know, when you can’t have it all, all the sudden the struggle about what you actually need becomes real. Ps. Even though on vacation, you still need your business cards in your mini bag. Just in case you meet a handsome guy or who knows a person you admire.
23# STATEMENT JEWELLERY
Only two words: no watch! Well, perhaps only on your last day. Believe me, you don’t want to be like me, and miss your flight. Keep happening to me. I guess it’s a time for me to get a watch after all. Anyway, back to the jewellery you must pack with you. Apparently big, bold and beautiful earrings are in this summer. Not sure just yet, what this means to me, as I don’t wear earrings at all. I guess dazzling details then.
24# SUNGLASSES WITH PASTEL LENS
You know what they say, everything should be pink.
25# SILK HEADBAND OR SCARF
Forget the straw hat. The straw in your hand is enough, you don’t need more straw on and definitely not in your head this summer. Opt for a chic silk scarf or headband this time.
26# WHITE OR NUDE LACY LINGERIE
Don’t forget lingerie is so in that is out this summer.
27# ROUND BEACH TOWEL
That is if you are going to the beach, of course. And yes, you must pack a round towel this summer. Apparently, you are not a true fashionista on the beach without a round towel.
Ps. Flamingo round beach towel costs you can find in the gallery below costs only $16.82.
Hopefully, you still have some room in your suitcases. Because before you close your suitcase there are still few things you must pack. Your makeup and beauty products, of course. You know what, you should rather keep these things close all the time. In case your luggage gets lost on the way.
- SUNBLOCK (SPF 50+)
- SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR HAIR
- CUSHION (better than any other foundation at the moment)
- VIOLET BLUSH
- BOLD EYESHADOWS (blue, yellow, green, violet)
- ORANGE LIPSTICK
- HAIR STYLING AND MOISTURIZING KIT
- SILK EYE MASK (not that you will be sleeping on your vacation, this is for your return flight)
- MUSLIN CLOTHES (for face, and also instead of a shower towel in case your suitcase gets lost on the way, and you are not staying in a luxury hotel)
- FACE MASK
- ANTI-WRINKLE FACE CREAM (even if you are in your 20s!)
- BODY CREAM
- TEETH BRUSH and TOOTHPASTE (surely you can always buy teeth brush on your way, but honestly could you survive half of a day without your sonicare? Anyway, check twice if you packed these two.)
- MAKEUP REMOVER
PACKING FOR A WEEKEND IN … MOUNTAINS, DESSERT, COUNTRYSIDE?
Be sure to come back to see what to pack for a vacation in all the other spots. Surely, not everyone is spending their vacation by the sea, right? Or am I wrong? Where are you spending your summer this year? Let me know so I can help you with the packing.