The City Girl's 7-Piece Vacation Capsule

What to wear on a beach vacation

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Summer in the city: It sounds nice, but the reality is that this time of year is when most women make their escape. New York, London, or L.A., it doesn't matter, everyone's decamping for slightly more exotic locales, indulging in warm weather and a little R&R. But even if they're headed for more relaxed destinations, you can bet that these stylish women are bringing their fashion A-game to the beach. So what do the coolest metro residents pack on vacation?

We talked to Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director of Net-a-Porter, who just touched down after a chic long weekend away in Tulum, Mexico. Below, she's highlighting the seven key vacation pieces her trendsetting crew brought along (and mentioned a few things to consider leaving behind, too). Armed with von der Goltz's advice (and some major outfit inspiration), you'll be all set for your next beach trip too. Check it all out below.

A Day-to-Night Dress
dresses to pack for a beach vacation

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What city pieces do you always bring along?

I always pack for the location, and I think everywhere has such a different vibe. Tulum always feels very bohemian but also luxe, so I opted for soft colors in organic gauze fabrics and natural materials for accessories.

A Practical (Yet Chic) Carryall
bags to pack for a beach vacation

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What were you most excited to wear?

I packed my Carrie Forbes raffia slides, Carolina Santo Domingo raffia tote, and crinkled ramie.

beach vacation outfits

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And what about clothing?

A cotton-blend top and matching skirt from Zimmermann.

Top available in sizes XS to L. Linen Skirt ($224) available in sizes S to M.

 

Statement Sunglasses
cute sunglasses style

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What's the number one item to bring on vacation this summer?

A fun one-piece and sunglasses are a must.

A Statement One-Piece
one piece swimsuit style

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What's one thing every city girl packs on vacation/for the beach?

A lot of bikinis and bathing suits.

An Easy Daytime Outfit
what to wear on a boat

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Any rules for daytime dressing on vacation?

Beach style should be natural and effortless. It shouldn't look like you're trying too hard since you're in the natural elements of the water, sun, and sand.

24/7 Sandals
packing for a beach vacation

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What's one thing to avoid when packing for vacation for vacation?

Too many shoes! You really need flip-flops and slides and flat sandals. You'll never wear the heels you pack, so just leave them at home.

Available in sizes IT 35 to 42.

Now you're all set for your next beach vacation.

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