Vacation Style Essentials for Your Warm Weather Getaway


Just about everyone I know is heading off on a tropical vacation sometime in the next few weeks. While I’m still shopping for boots and thermals they’re looking at swimsuit cover-ups, sandals and other vacation style essentials (I promise I’m only a little bitter). The awesome thing about going somewhere warm and sunny this time of year is that you can usually find awesome resort styles on sale! Despite the ice and snow you’ve probably got accumulating outside your window, this is a great time to stock up on shorts and sundresses. So whether you’re going on a tropical getaway this winter or you just like to be prepared for the summer that will get here eventually, here are 21 pieces to wear while having fun in the sun.


  • Take Me With You? 1 of 23
    Vacation Style Essentials for Your Warm Weather Getaway

    This pic was taken on our "last hoorah!" vacation to Costa Rica before we got pregnant with our oldest. I'm dying to go back!

  • Grab Some Wedges and Show Off Your Gams 2 of 23
    Zappos Ralph Lauren Cecilia

    These stripey wedges are perfect for elongating your legs in a swimsuit or sundress but they're not SO high that you'll hate yourself after taking 10 steps.

    Zappos, $54.99 (on sale)

  • Leave The Flips Flops At Home! 3 of 23
    Piperlime Berndardo Poppy

    The elastic straps on this sandal give it the pull-on ease of a flip flop but with WAY more style.

    Piperlime, $125

  • Go With The Classics 4 of 23
    Old Navy Sueded Boat Shoes

    Boat shoes are a vacation classic. They are super cute with shorts and this coral color will look phenomenal with a bit of a tan.

    Old Navy, $26.94

  • Bermuda, Bahama, Come On Pretty Mama 5 of 23
    Gap 1969 denim Bermuda shorts

    Itty bitty shorts are great for some people buuut if you're a little more thigh-shy then a longer pair of casually cuffed Bermudas is just the ticket.

    Gap, $24.95

  • Catch The Eye With Bursts Of Color 6 of 23
    Forever 21 Drawstring Dolphin Shorts

    A pair of bright drawstring shorts are perfect for pulling over a damp swimsuit to go grab some lunch!

    Forever 21, $15.80

  • Asymmetrical And Astounding 7 of 23
    Top Shop Floral Skort

    Believe it or not, the skort is making a comeback. This asymmetrical floral option is perfect for a sunny getaway!

    Top Shop, $76

  • Built-In SPF 8 of 23
    Amazon Brixton Straw Hat

    Protect your part from too much sun (peeling scalp is the worst) with this super cute straw hat.

    Amazon, $33.96

  • Floppy And Fabulous 9 of 23
    Echo Metallic Floppy Hat

    Get a bit more sun protection (plus some serious style points!) with this floppy metallic hat.

    6pm, $41.99 (on sale)

  • For Frisbee, Volley Ball, And More Athletic Fun In The Sun 10 of 23
    Forever21 Camo Cutie Baseball Cap

    If sporty is more your style then grab this super affordable ball cap before going out for some beach volleyball!

    Forever 21, $8.80

    Want more hat inspiration? Check out my post 12 Stylish Women Show Off their Hats for National Hat Day!

  • Use A Trendy Tote For A Beach Bag 11 of 23
    Everlane Classic Tote

    Everlane's classic tote bag is perfect for throwing in sunscreen, towels, and a novel. And then it transitions perfectly back into your everyday life!

    Everlane, $40

  • Stay Secure And Safe When You Travel 12 of 23
    Target Mossimo Crossbody Bag

    A cross body bag in a fun color is one of my absolute must-haves when I go on vacation. You can stash the bare essentials (chapstick, a little cash and my ID go with me everywhere!) and keep them all secure next to your body while your hands are free to shop and eat!

    Target, $24.99

  • Shake The Sand Out 13 of 23
    Shake Beach Clutch

    This fantastic line of bags come with a mesh bottom so you can easily shake the sand out once you leave the beach. Unfortunately I can't find the backpacks or tote bags available right now (check back in the summer maybe?) but this clutch is on clearance!

    Fab, $15

  • Bold Beach Towels! 14 of 23
    Pendleton Bandana Beach Towel

    A classic bandana pattern is unexpected (and super stylish!) on a beach towel.

    Shop Bop, $48

  • One Pricey Purchase — Just For Fun! 15 of 23
    Maslin Jaguar Beach Towel

    The carrying straps drew me in. When I saw the towel unfolds into a jaguar skin shape? Sold!

    (Except for the part where I can't afford it.)

    Avenue 32, $225

  • This One’s In A More Acceptable Price Range 16 of 23
    Kohls Sonoma Tile Beach Towel

    This ombre tile-look towel has got my name all over it.

    Kohls, $29.99

  • Cover Up On Your Way To The Beach 17 of 23
    Echo Dot Smock Swim Cover Up Dress

    This light and breezy caftan type cover-up is super feminine and comfortable.

    Bloomingdale's, $78

  • Stay Comfortable When You’re Grabbing Lunch 18 of 23
    Lands End Cotton Jersey Roll Sleeve Cover-up

    The silhouette of this easy cover-up echoes the utility jackets that have been so popular this fall and winter!

    Land's End, $39

  • And When You’re Hitting The Waves! 19 of 23
    Mara Hoffman Rays Rash Guard

    In Arizona we spend a LOT of time in the sun so I totally rely on my rashguard to keep my fair and freckled shoulders from getting crispy. It's a cover-up that you can swim in! I love the print on this one Mara Hoffman one. It's a little pricey though, so if you're looking for something more budget friendly make sure to try surf brands like Billabong or Roxy.

    Shop Bop, $140


  • For Dinners (Or Date Night?) 20 of 23
    ASOS Sundress in Ombre

    Ombre perfection.

    ASOS, $29.63 (on sale)

  • Moves Perfectly From The Beach To The Restaurant 21 of 23
    Victorias Secret Pleated Maxi Skirt

    I'm dying over how gorgeous these colors are.

    Victoria's Secret, $98

  • A Little Glamour On The Sand 22 of 23
    eShakti Night Bird Strapless Dress

    Bring a little vintage glamor with you to the beach with this strapless dress!

    eShakti, $79.95

  • Need A Swimsuit Too? 23 of 23

    The Girls with Glasses rounded up 20 Stylish Swimsuits That Cover AND Catch the Eye! Check it out!

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