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You’ve booked the flight, your itinerary is set, and now the most important matter of all: what to pack?
We’ve all been there: two days before a major vacation and you’re still not ready to go. Clothes, shoes, and skincare all over the floor while you’re trying to just check-off one thing from your to-do list. Figuring out what to wear and how much you should bring can be a little daunting (and quite frankly exhausting). But no worries, we’ve got tips to make your vacation packing easy-breezy.
Our founder and principle stylist Wendy Bannerman lets you in on her must-have pieces for a stylish getaway. From breezy dresses and skin-barring off-shoulder tops to bright-white jumpsuits and monochromatic sets, Wendy has go you covered for your next island destination. All you really need now is a suitcase!
Destination: Maui, Hawaii
“As the locals would say, Maui No Ka Oi, Maui is the best! As fashion director of NORTH42, my packing list for Maui was chosen for not only comfort, but to also fit in with the laidback landscape of Maui. “– Wendy
1. Eye for an Eye
Effortless and minimal one-and-done pieces like rompers and jumpsuits are simply a no-brainer for vacation packing. My top pick for this vacation season is this eyelet jumpsuit from Red Valentino. Its cool, breezy fabric makes it perfect for sunset walks on the beach, while its length makes it a perfect choice for watching the tide roll in.
2. Black, White, and Cool Allover
Black and white: two tones, one undeniable impact. When sun sets and the moon rises, you need that standout piece that’s going to turn heads. Proenza Schouler’s layered top and asymmetrical skirt felt very Hawaiian inspired to me with its tipped layers and asymmetrical hem. The off-the-shoulder top can be worn on its own with a wide-legged pant or over a simple sheath dress to completely change the look of the dress. To make the asymmetrical skirt perfect day, throw on a tank top and flip-flops.
3. Easy Breezy
The first thing every woman should pack – besides a cute swimsuit - is a short dress that’s flirty and comfy at the same time. I love this breezy little frock from Red Valentino for long, warm walks on the beach. Its playful hummingbird print and ruffled trim makes it an easy choice for brunch or a casual dinner date. Top it off with a floppy hat and beachy waves for the perfect island look. Shoes optional.
4. Top Story
A key piece for cool vacation styling is the ubiquitous off-shoulder top. Its Bardot-inspired silhouette is perfect for showing off your flirty and playful side while just showing just a hint of skin. I love this bright yellow off-shoulder top from Red Valentino for my Maui getaway. Its bright hue complements the paradise vibe of the island, while its bold floral print gives it that extra pop. Wear it as a cover-up for your swimsuit or pair it with cutoffs and wedges for perfect cabana style