Vacation Style: Make It Easy

OK. First things first. If you came to read about some amazingly styled and perfect, curated outfits…yeah, sorry. I don’t have room in my suitcase for that, nor do I want to annoy my husband with the time it takes me to decide on an outfit on top of the time it takes me to get ready. The good news, though? I feel like I’ve finally found a way to put together looks that fit my personal style, require minimal packing, and cut my “deciding/getting ready” time.

Let’s talk about it.

In years past, I would pack literally 37 outfits, a separate suitcase AND a shoe bag. Yep. A shoe bag. Once there, I was constantly overwhelmed by all of my choices, and I would have to come in from the beach like an hour earlier than everyone else to be ready to leave on time. Not cool.

But this trip, packing and styling was different. Here’s what I changed.

I packed several mix and match basics. Here’s why. I don’t want to be stuck with an outfit I planned ahead of time that I don’t feel like wearing. To be honest? I rarely plan my outfits in advance when I’m back at home. (Anyone else?!) Vacation is no different. My preferences for what I want to wear change daily. Heck, who are we kidding…they change hourly. So I packed a few swing dresses that I could style in so many ways, along with graphic tanks (to wear with shorts or jeans), v-neck tees, and only one special blouse. The blouse could be paired with shorts or jeans as well. Then I brought two pairs of jeans and three pairs of shorts. That way, I felt like I was still styling myself, as in I could choose from several different combinations of basics.

If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the first outfit pictured below. It felt perfect for a night out with my fam.

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Our favorite place to eat in Destin. Highly recommend LuLu’s!

LOOK 1: “Special blouse” + jeans + nude heels

TOP: The Limited, literally 8 years old

JEANS: Target, in-store; here’s a SIMILAR JEAN


BAG: Rebecca Minkoff, old


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As I said on Instagram, I’m really having fun playing around with different tucks to create a slightly different look with a tank and jeans combo.

LOOK 2: Graphic tank + jeans + neutral sandals




BAG: Rebecca Minkoff, old


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I LOVE these Old Navy swing dresses. Such great blank canvases. To make it my own (and give it an edgier feel), I added camo and black. It’s what feels like me!

LOOK 3: Swing dress + print mix

DRESS (I also own one in black and white stripes. Of course.): OLD NAVY

NECKLACE (also featured in look 1, my absolute favorite necklace): STELLA & DOT


CLUTCH: Sole Society, old

I still brought the shoe bag… ha ha. Since I saved space in clothes I packed, I thought packing several different pairs of shoes would be acceptable. I am a firm believer in shoes making the outfit, so while my outfit every day was going to consist of basics, my shoes would add that extra pop of interest. I have always loved shoes, and to me, they are the ultimate outfit finisher. So my suggestion? Think about your “outfit finisher.” Is it jewelry? Hats? Whatever it is, I give you my permission to back that one thing in abundance. Because I packed so many shoes, I kept it light on the jewelry, too.

I have been to Florida’s panhandle three times in the last four years, and I will say this trip was the easiest for me in terms of getting dressed and actually being ready by the time everyone else wanted to leave. And you know what else made this process so much easier? Having clothes to pack that fit my personal style exactly. I used to think that vacation prep meant spending a ton on clothes for the upcoming trip. And honestly? For this trip, I bought a bikini top. AND THAT’S IT. It is truly a freeing feeling when your closet is in line with your personal style. If yours isn’t, let’s fix that. Drop me a comment below or head on over to the “contact me” section of my website to work with me as your personal stylist. I would love to give you that closet (and packing) freedom!



  1. Carrie Sutherland June 15, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Yay! Good for you! It sounds like this revelation really freed you from being a slave to your clothes on vacation. Great tips here. Did you say where your favorite necklace is from? I couldn’t see if you did. Thanks, Heather!

    • Heather Lindenmeyer June 15, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Carrie! And oops! I forgot the link but just added it! It’s from Stella & Dot!!

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