How to Dress as if You’re on Vacation

Tropical-Print Blouse with Shorts

I don’t know about you guys, but I am just about ready to lose my mind if I don’t get a vacation from this horrible heated dome called Texas. Alas, our annual family trip to Provincetown isn’t until the end of August! How was I to know that it would feel like August all summer long? So, instead I decided to dress like I am on an island somewhere, sipping from a straw that’s sticking out of a hole punched in a coconut. How can you dress to drink from a coconut too?

  • Wear something with an over-sized print. This top is ridiculously graphic when it comes to pink flowers. Choose the biggest, boldest print you can find. Think muumuus, think neon.
  • Try also exaggerated sizes. Longer belled sleeves, deep v-necks, wide flared pants. As long as the fabric is light, even sheer, you can get away with something drapey, almost tent-like. I mean, it’s a vacation, isn’t it?
  • Wear a strappy wedge or heel. Elevate your muumuu with some sexy footwear! Try a bright color or a metallic to really amp up the volume.
Wear your vacation look in the backyard, on a hammock, or to walk your dog. You might also give your friends a good laugh when you join them at happy hour in your relaxed get-up. Why not? But seriously, adding a little color or print to your wardrobe will give you a little perk, I swear!

And if you’re actually going on a vacation, you should definitely check out my latest newsletter. I’m promoting my Suitcase Prep Service with a little discount, and some extra-useful tips for packing for your trip. Sign up for my newsletter here, or over there on the top right!

Tropical-Print Blouse with Shorts

Tropical-Print Blouse with Shorts

Blouse: Joie (Last Call), Shorts: Theory, Shoes: Corso Como (Stella Says Go)

Tropical-Print Blouse with Shorts

July 25, 2011

10 Responses to How to Dress as if You’re on Vacation

  1. Linda says:

    What a beautiful blouse Laurel! I love wearing shorts with wedges. They feel more dressed up that way.

  2. Rachel says:

    Oh, don’t muumuus bring me right back to the weld general store… :)

  3. kathryn says:

    Thanks! I wil try to get on that soon:) that top looks like such a good one to wear in hot weather. you looks so cute!

  4. Fun outfit!! It makes me want to book a vacation pronto!! Too bad mine isn’t till September…

  5. Best.Shirt.EVER!!! BTW, I am considering going on vacation just so you can do my suitcase for me. Now I just need a destination……. and some vacation money…….

  6. Jess says:

    I’m on vacation in Florida right now (The high today was 87!) and have realized that my packing pattern tends toward the excessive. I essentially pack every item that I’ve worn in the last month, then try to put together outfits throughout the week. I’m not sure if that’s really a “packing style” so much as a “personal flaw”!

  7. Lydia says:

    My husband went on a work trip and is now taking a mini-vacation in Europe…without me, as I’m stuck here working on a research project :(. But I love the idea of bringing the vacation idea to real life!! (Also, a secret upside to this situation is that I don’t have to pick up after myself for the next 2 weeks…muah haha.)

    Lydia x

  8. Rachel says:

    I wouldn’t mind escaping the heat! Your vacation will be here before you know it! <3

  9. laura says:

    Great post! I wish I was on vacation!!!!

    That top is lovely on you!

  10. jahn says:

    I want your top!! NOWW!! cute outfit :):)

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