January 12, 2015

packing staples: denim shorts

look one . boat day
j. crew top {last seen here / similar} / sunglass warehouse sunglasses c/o
look two . breakfast on the beach
j. crew top {last seen here} / madewell shorts {similar} / sunglass warehouse sunglasses c/o / madewell sandals {similar}
look three . beach day
gap top / madewell shorts {similar} / karen walker sunglasses

Traveling to Tortola is always a challenge, so we try to simplify the process by packing carry ons. (Though, I like to pack a only a carry on for most flights instead of checking my bag anyway.) Over the years I have gotten it down to a science. My goal is to pack things I can wear more than once throughout the course of the trip. The trick is to select items that can work for both day and night, making the transition from dinner one night to the beach the next day. As someone who has more than once returned home with a suitcase full of things I didn't wear, this method has definitely helped stop that. 

One of my Tortola wardrobe staples, which is also probably my most worn, is a pair of denim shorts. Since the trip is pretty casual and we spent most of the time at the beach, they were the perfect thing to throw on a go. I wore this Madewell pair as a coverup on boat day with a classic striped shirt, to breakfast with a silk sleeveless tank and strappy sandals, and for a day at the beach with a clean white shirt. 

What are your vacation wardrobe staples?


  1. You've got talent with packing! I'm getting better but I need more practice:) the pictures are really stunning and you look so beautiful and happy!

  2. I had a hard time focusing on the denim shorts because those island views are incredible!!! What a wonderful vacation! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  3. Ugh, so jealous of your vacation! Totally agree the denim shorts are a major staple!

    xo Kylie

  4. Seriously, you have to stop with these beautiful pictures! :) Your vacation looks like it was absolutely divine! I'll be visiting multiple times today just to review the pictures over and over. Love it! XO


  5. beautiful pictures!!


  6. OMG so fun! I love all of the photos, those sunnies are super chic to. I want to jump in your bag the next time you leave.

    Xo Chelsea

  7. This looks like such a great trip! I head to Punta Cana later this week - cannot wait!

    Heidi D.

  8. These are such cute pictures! Totally jealous of your trip!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. Ahh I'm so jealous of the sunny weather! You look great and all of your outfits are fabulous!! xx

  10. That first photo is stunning! ALL of the photos are amazing!!

    I tend to have a staple palette when packing not necessarily a staple piece. I stick to neutrals that mix and match easily and I'll bring along a colorful accessory or two to add some personality.

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  11. Pretty photos


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