Guilty of overpacking? Us too. Why do we so carefully plan every detail of our vacations only to unnecessarily overstuff our luggage with 10 pairs of shoes “just in case”? There’s nothing chic (or comfortable) about lugging around suitcases filled with pieces you probably definitely won’t wear, so let's all take a vow: to travel smarter by planning our packing with the same enthusiasm with which we planned our itinerary.
To start, hone in on the activities that go hand-in-hand with the destination you’re traveling to. Will you be wandering the streets of a new city or simply spending time at the beach (with the chance that you might have to scrub up and go to dinner one night)? Step two is the real trick to saving space in your suitcase: Find a couple great pairs of shoes that will tick all the boxes. Our top three requirements? Chic, comfortable, and versatile.
Today, we broke down three of the top summer destinations you may be traveling to, along with key pieces you need to pack (Clarks shoes included) for the ultimate summer vacation wardrobe. Your vacation starts here.
Who said going to the beach meant packing your usual frayed-edge denim shorts? Certainly not us: You can channel your inner coastal siren even if you’re not traveling to the French Riviera or the Hamptons. Look for clean silhouettes with cool metallic details, like rose gold accents on your sandals or bikini top. Pair your look with a straw hat and a bold lip, before taking a stroll down the boardwalk.
A city vacation that involves more exploring than relaxing by the beach calls for effortlessly chic outfits you can spend all day in. Light, easy-to-wear pieces like vintage-inspired dresses and one-pieces are perfect for a city-based summer vacation, as they lend themselves to being as dressy or casual as the occasion requires.
For those endless days when you lose track of time and go from breakfast to dinner with a blur of museums and galleries and Italian sodas in between, you need footwear that easily transitions from day to night. Wedge heels aren’t just on trend for summer 2017; they’re perfect for balmy evenings navigating cobblestone streets with a gelato in hand.
If your itinerary is full of activities (sipping on wine included), biking through fields of flowers, or retreating to an outdoor dinner by the sunset, you’ll need to pack some lace-up sandals. When coupled with a comfortable (but still very chic) shorts-and-top situation, you have a look that you can wear both on-the-go and while relaxing. The key to making this look elevated rather than sloppy is to go for clean lines and solid hues.
Not only does this become an outfit you can mix and match with other items, but you can accessorize it according to activity. We’re into statement earrings, small bucket bags with handles, and retro-inspired sunglasses. The circular handles on the bag pictured above make it perfect for comfortably carrying around your necessities, since you can hang it on anything.
It also doesn’t hurt to finish off your outfit with of-the-moment accessories—but most importantly, when it comes to chic, practical, and versatile summer footwear, you just can’t do better than a pair of black leather sandals. Wear these every day of your trip; you won’t regret it.