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Affordable Travel Looks for Your Summer Vacation

The perfect summer vacation has been booked for weeks. You’ve booked the tickets, arranged for a pet sitter, packed the cutest outfits for the kids. Now it’s time to think of yourself. You can put together amazing, stylish vacation outfits without breaking your budget. The trick for fabulous-but-affordable travel looks for your summer vacation is to pick one or two trends and combine those with classics you already own.

When considering 2015 summer trends, look to the colors, patterns, and fabrics gracing the runway at New York Fashion Week. Which two or three are your favorite? Did you fall in love with the gorgeous yellows from Michael Kors, or was it the head-to-toe white style (seen everywhere) that caught your eye? You can create runway-inspired looks with a few key pieces without spending a fortune on your summer vacation outfits.


Summer Fashion Trends 2015

Some of the hottest summer beauty trends for this season include patterns like gingham and the easy-to-coordinate colors of yellow, khaki, and white. On the runway, designers dressed their models in head-to-toe white, mixing fabrics and textures, a beautiful style that’s easy to recreate with the items already hanging in your closet. Think comfortable white linen capris paired with your favorite sleeveless white blouse and topped with an open-weave, mid-thigh white cardigan.

Other hot trends to look for this season are comfy culottes and the ever-versatile jumpsuit. Not sure how or where to wear a jumpsuit? Look to lightweight linen or any breathable fabrics with 3-quarter sleeves and cropped pants. Style examples include ultra-feminine colors, such as pale pink, and buttercream yellow. Or you can opt for a sophisticated navy jumpsuit and take it from day to evening by changing your jewelry, shoes, makeup, and/or hair. One outfit = Two distinct styles.

7 Pieces for 12 Outfits

Packing fewer pieces not only helps save space (and overcharges on luggage), but it also helps keep your clothing budget in check as well. You can create 12 stunning summer vacation outfits from just seven mix-and-match pieces. All you need are four different colored bottoms and three tops. That’s it. The trick is that each bottom coordinates with each top—that’s how to stretch seven pieces into a dozen outfits for just one trip.

The key to making these outfits pop and reflect your personal style is to combine a classic piece, such as a great pair of khaki shorts, with a trendier piece, like a sunshine yellow blouse. Add a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and you’re set for an afternoon of sightseeing. Later that evening, switch into a cute pair of sandals, add a statement necklace and a few bracelets, and you’re ready for a beach-side dinner.

Other Summer Vacation Must-Haves

Once you have your seven pieces picked out for 12 coordinating outfits, it’s also important to remember a few additional must-haves. Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit (consider at least two—they’re small and easy to pack) as well as a beach wrap or sarong. Just because you’re sitting poolside with the kids doesn’t mean you can’t look fierce and fashionable.

Consider more than one pair of flip flops; one for the pool and/or beach and another “fancier” pair that can be worn with any of the four bottoms you’ve packed. A great pair of flats slips easily into a suitcase, as do sandals that can be worn be worn for a nice evening out. Having these shoe (and lots of jewelry) options will help you create different looks easily.

It’s amazing what you can find by simply shopping in your own closet—but feel free to treat yourself to at least one new item. With your coordinating pieces, you’ll not only look stylish, you’ll also maintain your budget and likely have a little left over for a special vacation souvenir. Earrings, maybe?

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