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May 21, 2018 9 min read

Packing for vacation? Lotus gets you fashion-ready with this 

10-item packing guide for quick & easy outfits on the go!

Vacay Packing Tips

Summer is right around the corner and for many of us that means time for a vacation! Whatever trips you have on your calendar this summer season, make packing easy with this quick guide for stress-free outfit prep. We give you the lowdown on the top 10 essentials you need to be fashionably ready for your summer vacay.

Vacay Ready

#1- Party Dress

No matter where you go on vacation you are going to have a good time! Dress the part with the perfect party dress that can work for any occasion. Go for a dress that can be easily dressed up or down to accommodate those spur of the moment change of plans, like an impromptu game of mini golf after dinner at a ritzy restaurant. I mean who doesn’t do that, right? That’s what a vacation is all about- seeing the sites and having fun! That’s why a party dress is your #1 outfit to pack so you can be fashionably ready and up for anything!

Party Dresses

From Left to Right: Get in Line Stripe Swing DressSurprise Party Tribal Palm Print DressFor When You're Over Me Pineapple Dress

Especially for summer, you want something lightweight and breezy to keep you cool and comfortable, but substantial enough for a round of mini golf or a night of dancing. Try a fashion-forward style that’s on trend and different than what you would normally go for. This is the chance to go all out, whether a vibrant color or an allover print; choose a party dress that you can look back in pictures and remember the great time you had on your summer vacay!

#2- Tropical Print Top

Hey, it’s summer, so you are most likely headed to the coast and what is more suiting than a tropical print top?! With tropical print being a leading fashion trend this season, you have plenty of top options to choose from and should go for a style that best suits your personality.

Tropical Print Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Tie Dye Palm Print Tie Front TopStaying in Cancun Off the Shoulder Top, Worth Fighting Over Pineapple Off Shoulder TopSweet Return Criss Cross Palm Print TopSummer State of Mind Wrap Crop TopWant More Palm Print Tie Front Top

For 2018, it’s all about the tie front tops. Whether a casual tee or a dressy blouse, if it has a tie front it is a must-have for your suitcase! Go for an abstract palm print or pretty hibiscus flower design; both are festive and fun and easily match with any style bottom. An off shoulder top is just as fashionable and gives you a mix of sweet and sass for a stylish look you can rock day or night. Whatever style top is your personal fave, make sure to bring your piece of tropical paradise with you to spice up your vacay outfit selection!

 Tropical Print Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right: Close to the Coast Cut Out Crop Tank with Close to the Coast Palm Print Shorts, Bring the Heat Floral Crop Top with Bring the Heat Pleated Floral ShortsFeeling a Vacay Halter Crop Top with Feeling a Vacay Linen Floral Shorts

For our babes, we have tropical crop tops aplenty too! Wear them as a matching set or opt for another high-waist pair of shorts or skirt you already have in your closet! Two-piece sets are great outfits to pack because you can mix and match each piece to create a number of different outfits!

#3- Versatile Kimono

Nothing is more chic and essential for those breezy beach nights than a beautiful kimono. Try packing a style that you can easily turn into multiple looks. You can tie it in the front for a shorter layer that is trendy and stylish or throw on over a tank and shorts outfit for a cute and flowy look that you can easily wrap around your waist when you get too hot. A lightweight, slinky style that falls between the hip and the knee is the most versatile type to take with you on vacations where you will be taking tours and seeing the sites.

Print Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: Some Tropic Short Sleeve Kimono, *pink print kimono coming soon*, Dance Around Short Sleeve Kimono

For a more classic look and chic style, try a long duster kimono in a fun print or bright color. It’s easy to make a fashion statement with a breezy layer that just pops when worn with a cute white outfit. You can mix and match with this style kimono too, as they look great over dresses and rompers too. Oh, and kimonos also make a great cover up!

Duster Kimonos

From Left to Right Clockwise: Same City Sweet Green Duster KimonoChasing Fire Paisley Print KimonoSame City Light Weight Yellow Duster Kimono 

#4- Basic Denim Trio

Ok, technically these are three things but depending on your personal style this might be just one item for you! A casual staple that goes with absolutely anything, a trusty pair of denim threads that can handle a little-to-a lot of wear is the ultimate mix and match item to pack in your suitcase! 


From Left to Right Clockwise: With the Band High Waist Distressed JeansModern Romance High Waist Denim ShortsBasically the Best White Cuffed Skinny JeansA Daydream Chambray Ruffle ShortsSummer Bummer Frayed Hem Denim Skirt

Jeans are still a favorite in summer, especially a pair of white skinnies. Light-wash crops or even a simple colored pair, jeans always tend to come in handy when there’s unexpected rain or changes in temperature. You can easily dress them up or down, roll the hem for a cute cropped look and wear them with anything from a crop top and sandals to a blouse and heels. It’s just always a good idea to bring a pair jeans with you just in case you need them. 

Now, a classic pair of denim shorts is also a great item to pack, as they are a must have vacation staple for many of us ladies on the go. From a ripped pair of cutoffs to a high waist style with ruffle detail, whatever’s your jam go ahead and pack it! You can easily throw them on and head out the door so you don’t miss a minute of your vacay fun. Wear them over your swimsuit as a cover-up for the beach or with a cute top for a dolled up outfit for dinner. Any color or style, if you’re a shorts gal then a trusty denim pair is a must.

If a skirt is more your style, a trendy denim mini is the way to go! Easy to dress up or down, mix and match and guaranteed to keep you cool all day long… a stylish go-to denim skirt is definitely a great piece to pack for your vacay. But whichever your favorite, make sure you pack at least one style because you can always count on a good pair of denim whenever you need it! 

#5- Romper

One of the easiest outfits to pack for a vacay is summer’s favorite one-piece- the romper! Rompers are so easy to throw on and go and with so many fashions to choose from these days, you essentially can’t go wrong! Go for a romper that is made of a lightweight fabric and one you can easily dress up or down. A great casual romper basic can double as a cute cover-up and can easily mix and match with a kimono for an extra layer.

Summer Rompers

From Left to Right: Off Tropic High Neck Taupe RomperLong Weekend Wrap Front Stripe RomperIt Just Goes Floral Pocket RomperHold On Tight Wrap Romper in Tomato

Wrap style rompers are a hot trend this season and if you’re a romper kind of gal, you definitely want a wrapped option to wear on your vacation getaway.

>> Related: For an interesting read about where rompers came from to being a popular fashion in society today, a breakdown of the different types of romper styles and how to wear them to flatter your body type, get the 411 HERE.

#6- Simple Summer Tank

The basic essential for practically every day of summer is a classic tank top. They are easy to layer, both lightweight and versatile and barely take up any room in your bag! You can wear a tank and skirt for a cute dinner outfit, throw it on over your swimsuit on the way to the beach or tie up and wear with shorts under a kimono for checking out the local shopping scene.

Tank Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Lilac, Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Cobalt, Request Time Off Flowy Tank in Light BlueTell Me About It Stud Open Back Stripe TankRibbed Wide Neck Fitted Tank-WhiteEverything Has Changed Stripe Tunic Tank

 #7- Matching Set

We gave a sneak peak into the two-piece set idea earlier in the blog and nothing is more mix and match appropriate than a two-piece set! For all our babes, you cannot go without a cute little set for your beach vacation. With one set, you essentially have two pieces you can wear together or with another coordinating item already on our list! Match a simple tank with the bottoms from the set or pair a white denim skirt with the top from the set. You have so many mix and match options with a two-piece set you won’t need a much else to pack! Smart packing means you have fewer bags to lug around on your trip. 

Two-Piece Sets

From Left to Right Clockwise: Super Bloom Ball Fringe Floral Crop Top with Super Bloom Shorts W/ Ball Fringe and Pockets, Feel the Heat Ruffle Tank Top with Feel the Heat Ruffle Smock Waist SkortFestival Feels Black and White Lace Up Crop Top with Festival Feels Black and White Pleated ShortsBack to You Chambray Ruffle Crop Top with Back to You Chambray Ruffle Skirt

Go for a set that screams summer, whether a tropical print or fun color. Lace up details or trendy fringe accents, make sure you pack a trendy two-piece set full of style that you can have fun in!

#8- Party Tops

Party dresses are #1 on our list, but we can’t forget party tops too! You have already packed a tropical print top and some easy wear tanks, but especially if you aren’t big into dresses or rompers you need some dressy, trendy tops to wear out and have fun in!

Party Tops

From Left to Right Clockwise: Ten Out of Ten Cold Shoulder Peach Top, Living For Tonight Flutter Sleeve Top in White, Moving On To Summer Halter Neck Top in Turquoise, Free Soul Tie Front Flutter Sleeve Crop TopCall It What You Want Tie Front Crop TopPeppermint Appliqué Off Shoulder Crop Top, 

Party tops can range from a fancy blouse with appliqué detail to a vibrant print in a popular top style, such as off the shoulder or tie font. These tops are a great way to dress up your outfit and are meant to stand out and be the star of the show. Mix and match with different bottoms to suit the occasion, the weather or to swap up your look. Being on vacation is the perfect time to go all out, have fun with fashion and rock your outfit in style!

#9- Summer Jumpsuit

A chic summer jumpsuit is a great piece to pack simply because, being a one-piece, it’s an instant outfit that doesn’t take up much room in your bag! And you know those times you just don’t feel like matching a top and bottoms outfit together? Don’t worry about making those decisions and just throw on a cute jumpsuit and you are ready to go!

Summer Jumpsuits 

From Left to Right: Good Either Way Surplice Jumpsuit in RoseMali Nautical Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit, *stripe button up jumpsuit coming soon*

Jumpsuits are so stylish and who doesn’t love to break out a fashion-savvy jumpsuit on vacation? They easily set you apart from the crowd and are a great alternative to wearing a dress since you have the function of pants and not having to worry about the wind or anything like that. Summer jumpsuits are made in lightweight fabrics to keep you feeling breezy and cool in the hot summer sun, so no worries there. And in so many fun styles to choose from, you can easily find one that works for you! A jumpsuit is more formal than a romper too, so any fancy dinner occasions you have planned a jumpsuit is the way to go!

#10- Accessory Essentials

Alright! All your outfits are packed and all that’s left is a few accessories that can easily pair with your outfit and finish up your look! Keeping things neutral is always the way to go when it comes to accessories in the summer.


Top Left to Right: Eyes on You Double Hoop Tassel Earrings, Darling Delight Small Druzy Necklace, Wiggle Over Here Gold Hoop Snake Hoop Earrings

Middle Left to Right: Look Close Espadrille Slip On Shoes, Do You Have Time Cross Body BohoBagAvana Basket Purse With Bows

Bottom Left to Right: Monaco Cut Out White Platform SlidesPut It In Neutral Strappy Wedge, Ivy Camel Slide Sandals

Summer fashion is always filled with bright colors and allover prints and adding even more to the mix accessory-wise can quickly turn your look into a fashion disaster. So keep it simple with neutral tone shoes, bags and jewelry.

Make sure to pack a pair of wedges, a couple pairs of sandals and depending on your destination, a pair of slip on sneakers or tennies. A cross body bag is great for touring and checking out the sites, so we recommend bring that option along with your everyday handled purse. A beach bag is a necessity too for those coastal destinations! For jewelry, pack a simple, dainty necklace or two that you can easily layer and mix and match with your earrings. A pair of studs, gold hoops and tassel earrings should keep you set for the whole trip! Last but not least, a pair of sunnies to shade your eyes from the summer sun!

>> You are now packed with fashionable outfit options to wear on your vacation! Have fun & enjoy yourself!

xoxo- Lotus Boutique 

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