How to Dress Like a Summer Vacation Goddess

By Laura Lajiness

Ahh, the summer getaway. Likely the highlight of your year, it’s made all the better by a suitcase full of perfectly planned outfits that are not only idyllic for the far-off destination of your choosing, but ultra-stylish for posting to the ‘gram (because pics, or it didn’t happen).

Capturing the essence of summer by way of delicate tops, floaty hemlines, and breezy separates is the ideal, and packing pieces that work overtime—such as a dress that doubles as a beach coverup or a versatile bikini top that can be worn with a high-waist skirt—after hours is pragmatic (and will leave a little extra space in your carry-on for souvenirs).

Whether you’re jetting off to the beach, wine country, or a seaside village (maybe all three!), ahead, we’ve curated four flawless outfits for looking like a summer goddess on vacation.

Tulum

GET THE LOOK: One Shoulder Ruffle Front Jumpsuit, Asymmetrical Cone Heeled Sandals

Viva Mexico! While Tulum is all about relaxing by the beach in your swimwear (whilst eating tacos and sipping margaritas, of course), dressier moments arise whether it’s dinner at a resort or a night of dancing in town. This ruffled one-shoulder jumpsuit is an effortlessly elegant throw-on piece, made even easier by versatile nude heels that you can wear with everything else in your suitcase. (#travelhacks)

Santorini

GET THE LOOK: Striped Cropped Dolman Tee, High Waisted Stripe Tie Waist Wide Leg Pant, O-Ring Half Moon Clutch, Thin Heeled Sandals

When taking in the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea in Santorini, you’ll want an outfit that’s comfortable and cool. A floaty crop-top and trouser set is a stylish way to explore the cliffside city. By day, team with lace-up sandals and a straw carryall. By night, swap for optic white stilettos and a tonal top-handle bag.

Provence

GET THE LOOK: Polka Dot Flutter Sleeve Dress, Small Oval Lens Sunglasses, Square Toe Slingback Sandals, Metallic Border Floppy Sun Hat

If a visit to wine country is on the agenda, no place is more idyllic than Provence. For a quintessential picnic in the lavender fields, a flutter-sleeve polka-dot dress and wide-brimmed straw hat read très Parisien. Retro white sunglasses and flat sandals are a modern finish.

Positano

GET THE LOOK: Chambray Ruffle Wrap Maxi Skirt, Print Tie Front Ruffle Bikini Top, O-Ring Handle Circle Crossbody Bag, Superga Classic Leather Sneakers

If it seems like your entire Instagram feed has fled to the Amalfi Coast, you’re right. The cliffside village breathes style and tranquility—what more could you want on vacation? Embrace the laissez-faire lifestyle and plan an outfit around your favorite bikini post-dip—we’re for the unexpected combo of a gingham print top and chambray skirt. When exploring the markets or polishing up for lunch, sleek sneakers and a colorful bag are playfully nonchalant.