Summer Packing List, Part 2

We told you we’d be back with more packable suggestions and just in the nick of time, since picking out clothes for a real, honest-to-goodness vacation basically requires a degree in advanced fashion geometry. X-number of outfits, multiplied by 7 days, within the diameter of a travel bag equals total chaos and pre-trip stress. Miss us with that whole scene, thanks.

But you can simplify things by relying on Cupshe essentials like covetable dresses, comfortable accessories, and of course, plenty of swimsuit options (they won’t take up much suitcase space).

Since we already covered family vacations and girlfriends-only getaways in our last entry, we’re going to present packing plans specifically geared towards romantic escapes and staycations this time. So, let’s get going with some travel-friendly essentials to put on the checklist ASAP!

Romantic Escape With Your Significant Other:

You’re embarking on a vacation designed to enhance romance, whether you’re a long-term couple reigniting the sparks, a newly minted duo in the early stages of your relationship or somewhere in between.

We already know that your suitcase will dictate the parameters of your packing plan, but there’s something else to note: romantic holidays tend to be a bit more inward facing. They’re about strengthening a couple’s bond (think about the “just the two of us” vibe of most honeymoons and babymoons).

That’s not to say you two won’t explore and learn while you’re off on a jaunt together, but broadening your horizons is probably lower on the to-do list than spending quality time with your sweetie when you’re going on an amorous escape. This info will aid you as you plot out what goes in the bag. Will you need to pack those multi-pocketed pants that zip off and turn into shorts? Signs point to no. Ditto goes for heavy hiking boots.

Instead, staple sandals like the Forbidden Fruit Snakeskin Cutout Slide Sandals lend another layer of detail whatever outfits you bring along, from bathing suits like the Amari One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit to bright and flirty frocks like the Amber Cutout Tie Back Dress. The range of neutral colors in the snakeskin print allows for easy clothing coordination without being too matchy-matchy.

If this is your first ever getaway with your honey, you’ll want to impress your V.I.P. (Very Important Onlooker) with a sleek and sophisticated options like the Kimber Cap Sleeve Ribbed Bikini or the Hallie Plunging Halter One Piece Swimsuit. Both project pure confidence without going over-the-top on skin exposure. Likewise, the sweet, checked print and seersucker texture of the Summer Gingham Triangle Bikini mirror the dreaminess of love’s first blush.

Those who’ve been cuffed for longer will want to opt for swimwear with a bit more attitude, like the Carolina Drawstring Ruched One Piece Swimsuit. Cinch the sides to create the perfect amount of leg exposure, as low or high cut as you like. For a cover-up option, the Elodie White Embroidery Mesh Kimono is ethereal and elegant––definitely a mood worth actualizing.

The Wildside Leopard Beach Blanket features a graphic take on an animal print, with a pretty peach background that lends a flattering glow (just like being in love does!) to any skin tone. Alternatively, go full-out with a Hawaiian floral throw for your lounge chair with the Marigold Floral Beach Blanket. We love this one as the backdrop for a super-sexy white swimsuit like the Jamie Textured Eyelet Buckle Bikini. Those tough-but-tender buckled shoulder straps? So here for it.

Keep in mind the different occasions you’ll encounter on a couples trip, too. You may need dressy options and going-out clothes, like the Sylvia Floral Wrap Dress for a dinner date that overlooks the ocean. You could also go the trend-forward route with a dazzler like the Ruth Moss Green Keyhole Cutout Sleeveless Dress that features the details of the moment, midriff cutouts. Refined shoes like the Bastille Wide Strap Slide Sandals add enough metallic pop that they’re like jewelry for your feet.

If it’s mostly going to be languid picnics and cooking at your vacation rental, pack your bag accordingly. The Natasha V-Neck Front Split Dress is ideal for that sort of situation. The smocked, stretchable bodice allows for unrestricted movement (you’ll need to act quickly if you want to shoo critters away from picnic snacks) and the longer hemline won’t leave you exposed when it’s time to sit. It’s perfect for an afternoon spent canoodling on the grass with wine glasses in hand.

A New & Improved Staycation:

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Changing up your usual routine by taking a longer break from work, even if you’re staying close to home, is something to be celebrated! Whether you’re booking yourself a room at a plush hotel in your city, spending some time at the local beach, or enjoying much-deserved downtime in the backyard pool, picking up a few new items for your staycay will make it feel that much more special.

Low-key looks like the Nala White Button Front Shirt Kimono and the Renee Striped Button Front Shirt Kimono are the answer to all of your staycation dressing questions. You can literally sport them from morning until night with a few quick accessory swaps. Worn as a robe with your morning latte? Sure. As an oversized shirt tucked into cutoff jean shorts for a quick jaunt to the store? Uh-huh. As a cover-up for your bathing suit when the delivery truck pulls up with packages to sign for? You bet. It’s as easy as buttoning up your kimono and slipping on retro-inspired kicks like the Globetrotter Ruched Ankle Strap Sandals. They’ve got the vintage appeal––and pastel print––of a 1990s hair scrunch, so they’re perfect for punching up simpler or solid-color clothing.

Water-friendly flip flops are another must for staycationing. You probably already have a shoe closet stocked full of options––who doesn’t? However, they’re essential for traipsing from the house to the pool or through the lawn. If you get them dirty, you can just spray ‘em down with the garden hose. Styles like the Getaway Tropical Flip Flops will take you a million miles away (mentally if not physically) with their leafy palm print. We’re particularly fond of sliding into the Summer Love Gradient Flip Flops. The ombré colors play well with cover-ups, dresses, and swimsuits.

Speaking of your swimsuit, that plain one-piece you wear for exercise laps seems rather sad in this context. This is your holiday away from the daily grind, remember? Now’s the time to treat yourself to a new bathing suit like the Amora Floral Cutout Twist One Piece Swimsuit, complete with a cutout midriff, aka the look of the moment. It’s got a cute mix of solid and floral print that feels casual enough for a mid-weekday spent sipping seltzer and reading trashy novellas. Yet the corset-style back is elevated enough for even the swankiest hotel pool scene.

There’s no need to play it safe with your attire, either. You have the entire closet at your disposal! We advocate going all-out with eye-catching dresses that convey the winking spirit of a staycation at home.

It's hot and the sun’s out in force; you’ll want to catch any breeze you can and look good while doing it. The Imani T-Back Dress plays with proportion in a fresh way, combining acid lime green and a trapeze silhouette with the skinniest T-back strap. You could pop this on over the Neon Orange Strappy Tank Bikini to create major color contrast and a sassy mix of straps, or take the tonal route by pairing it with the Green String Bikini. Another idea to borrow: wear the Imani as a dress (rather than a cover-up) with a lacy bralette peeking through. It’s all good, since there’s no limit on how many “costume changes” you get to do when you’re at home.

In the evenings, invite friends over and play hostess in the Bristol Cute Floral Ruffle Dress. This strapless, ruffled frock never feels fussy––how could it? The vintage-y silhouette and cheery print are far too feel-good for that. Whip up some icy drinks in the blender and allow yourself and the guests to properly catch up.

If you’d rather feather your nest than update the contents of your closet, consider springing for decorative accents to enhance the pool deck. The Poppy Floral Beach Blanket fits the bill and protects your skin from sun-heated (read: basically on fire) lawn furniture. Another option is the Mariposa Striped Fringe Hem Beach Blanket. The fringed trim makes it feel like the chic offspring of a traditional Turkish bath towel and a proper beach blanket––so luxe. With its flattering pink and white striped pattern, it’ll look good behind nearly any swimsuit, too.

Last but obviously not least, a fun pool accessory is a staycation upgrade worth investing in. Conversation pieces like the Glitter Unicorn Swimming Float Ring or the Pizza My Heart Pie Pool Float manage to turn any size pool into party central. Now that you know how to plan your patio look, you can focus on the important business of relaxing!

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