Are you planning any trips for this summer? We’ve been brainstorming a family vacation, and the planning often reminds me of this funny quote: “A vacation is like love — anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.” J. Crew just launched their summer collection, which is full of pretty pieces. Here’s what I’d pack for a sunny trip…
1. Lightweight cardigan for summer evenings.
2. Ruffle skirt to wear to dinner.
3. Suede flats.
4. Straw hat for reading by the pool.
5. Striped pants.
6. Block-heel sandals.
7. Straw tote.
8. Linen tank in lovely colors.
9. Eyelet top to show off glowing skin.
10. Denim shorts.
11. Gold bangle.
12. Blue sunglasses.
13. String bikini.
14. Chambray seaside pant for hunting for shells.
15. Metallic slide sandals that go with everything.
Although swimsuits and denim shorts are summer staples, it can be hard to find versions that are just right. But J. Crew has the most flattering swimwear — I’ve sworn by it for more than a decade. And their shorts hit at the right part of the leg. (I’ve worn these for years).
After a day outdoors, don’t you love dressing up for dinner? A white shirt feels crisp and cool, and these block heels are easy to walk in.
When squeezing things into a wheely suitcase, go for multi-tasking items that can transition from day to night. This floral dress would look beautiful at the beach and at late-night cocktails.
For an outfit that pops, you can pair playful pants with a simple top. Looks cute in person and in vacation photos!
For a chance to win a four-night trip to Hawaii and a J. Crew shopping spree, Instagram your vacation must-haves with the hashtags #jcrewpacks #contest. Here are the details, if you’re interested.
Are you traveling anywhere this summer? What will you pack? See J. Crew’s full summer collection here, if you’d like.
(Portrait photos by Julia Robbs. Packing photos by Christine Han. Styling by Veronica Olson. This post is sponsored by J. Crew, a brand we’ve loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo. Joanna’s denim chore jacket in photos is also from J. Crew.)