Packing Essentials for Summer: Outfit Options

Some readers have asked me to put together outfit options for summer like I did for Fall and Spring. I’m more than happy to oblige and I apologize for the delay, this summer has been a busy one. This will still come in handy for anyone lucky enough to be traveling to the southern hemisphere like South America or Australia.

I’m pulling the outfits from the 11 piece capsule summer wardrobe I’ve already put together. The pieces are: 1 light jacket, 1 light sweater or other coverup layer, 1 Blouse/Button Down, 2 sleeveless tops, 2 tees/tops, 2 bottoms, 1 day and 1 evening dress. For the purposes of this illustration I’ve also included outfits for the optional shorts in case you bring shorts instead of jeans.

As always you want your airplane outfit to be comfortable. Layers are still important in the summer because even though your destination may be hot the airplane can still get cold. I included jeans in my Summer packing list but if your destination is REALLY hot or humid don’t bring them, pack a skirt instead.

Of course you can stick to classic neutrals such as khaki, black, and gray in your color palette but I like a little more color in the summer. I added splashes of blue, coral, and army green to the neutral palette. A smart little day dress will get you through any day of sightseeing comfortably. Mix and match your other pieces for lots of other outfit options.

How to Pack for Summer Travel

Even though I feel summer travel is inherently more casual you might need to dress up a bit. In that case, a fabulous maxi dress and wedges will serve you well. Wedges can still be comfortable so I don’t mind packing them on my summer trips (just don’t rely on them as your main sightseeing shoe). I’ve included other dressy casual options if you want to look a little more put together during your summer travels. Remember sometimes just a change of accessories such as a cute clutch or fun jewelry can extend your outfit from day to night.

Summer Packing Essentials

Cheers and Happy Packing! Please do keep the questions coming, it may take me a while to respond but I do read every comment and email and am happy to help you with packing dilemmas.

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  • I need some advice for a 28 day trip to Spain, South of France and Italy this summer. I plan on bringing Black capri leggings, Black skirt that converts to dress, Black bermuda shorts, Khaki Anatomie skinny pants, tan knit skirt, and 1 dress. Tops include a couple tanks and tunics in cream, black, teal, crimson, maybe rust? Should I go with black sandals and flats or brown sandals and flats? I also plan on bringing gold sandals to dress up a bit.
    Thanks! Any advice is apreciated

  • These are great outfit combinations, and they really show how you can be creative and versatile when traveling 🙂

  • Would love to know the details for that flawy black skirt! thanks for these tips!

  • Hi!

    I’m wondering where that gold 3 layer necklace is from and the navy and coral necklace? Also, the light grey shirt?


  • Hello,
    Going to the Amalfi coast for the first time in August, for 8 nights. How many items do you think I need to get through days/nights & swimwear type stuff. I don’t want to overpack, want to really enjoy myself and have the proper belongings. Please help! Thank you in advance, Andrea