This guide provides stylist’s tips for comfortable, effortlessly chic vacation outfits for various activities in warm climate regions.
- Best Vacation Style for Women over 40
- Vacation Style Does Not Mean Frumpy
- City Touring Style
- Best Bags for City Tours
- Plan for the Weathers
- On the Sunny Days, Protect Your Eyes
- Off-season May Mean More Rainy Days
- Rain Gear is Part of a Smart Vacation Wardrobe
- Even When Vacationing in Hot Places Have a Jacket
- Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas
- More on Summer Beach, Dance Cruise and Resort Vacation Style
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Best Vacation Style for Women over 40
Of course, what to wear on your summer vacation or your “winter” vacation in the Tropics depends on your plans and where you go. Most of us dream of white empty, endless beaches and sunshine from after breakfast to sunset. At least when you live in the Westerlies with low pressure systems dumping rain every 3 to 5 days or so. When you live in a rural area, you may lust for sightseeing and visiting cities with their great cultural options, beautiful buildings, galleries, shopping malls, and museums. When you live in a city, your dream may be to hike a National Park or climb Denali, America’s highest peak for a change of scenery. When you live in Alaska, spending vacation in Mexico or Hawaii is on the top of the list. Getting out of the heavy clothes into some flip-flops, shorts and a cute top – vacation style. You get the idea. 😉
Vacation style Does Not Mean Frumpy
Go for comfortable casual items of high quality. You take a lot of photos and want to post them on social media, right? Thus, clothes that are broken, faded, too loose, shrunk, too tight aren’t clothes to pack for a vacation trip. Even when your pack for aurora watching, hiking, camping, or exploring the outdoors!
Vacation is your best time of the year, why wouldn’t you want to dress nicely for yourself?
Since there are so many different types of vacations that all require different gear, a one post fits all vacations will not do the trick. Therefore, let’s break it down and start with general information on warm region travel destinations and illustrate the general concepts by the example of a city touring outfit for warm countries. Then let’s turn to outfit inspirations for different activities in warm countries .
Stylist tip: Plan your wardrobe around a color combination of three.
City Touring Style
Comfortable shoes are a Must. When you are used to walk on heels, don’t make the mistake to go for flats when sightseeing. You will end up with sore calves. Instead go for some stylish comfortable wedge sandals or even stylish orthotic shoes (see the outfit inspirations at the end of the post).
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Stylist tip: Never wear brand-new shoes when sightseeing or walking thru a museum or mall. New shoes may rub and you will end up with blisters that ruin your day and the next couple of days as well.
Best Bags for City Tours
Go for a cross-body bag, short shoulder or around town tote. They are much more stylish and safer than a bagpack. It is in front of you or under your arm, i.e. all time under your watch. Furthermore, you won’t risk to topple over an entire exhibition by accident when turning around. 😉
Plan for the Weathers
Of course, you read the Wikipedia page section on the local climate of your destination. However, keep in mind that climate is the average weather over 30 years. On the contrary, your trip is reigned by actual, real weather, not a statistical average (climate). Therefore, pack with the variability of the weather at the location in mind.
Even in the rain season, the Sun may come out once in a while, and in the dry season, you may have an intermediate wet week.
On Sunny Days, Protect Your Eyes and Skin
Therefore, don’t forget sunglasses and a hat that go with the vibe of your outfits. Always put on sun cream as well even when it is cloudy or you walk on the shady side of the street. The sunbeams get reflected everywhere in a city, on windows, on water, even on concrete. Thus, there is enough diffuse sunlight that can cause a sunburn. Being in the shade fails to rescue you from sunburn!
You don’t want age spots and add wrinkles, do you?
Even When Vacationing in Hot Places Have a Jacket
Just because your destination is in a warm climate region doesn’t mean that you have warm weather all the time. Always pack a jacket. Not having one may ruin your vacation for as long as it takes you to find a warm jacket that you want to buy and keep, and not just fix a current problem. Thus, don’t forget a cover-up (cardigan, denim or other light jacket) that you can throw over in chilly museums or when it gets chilly in the evening. When you don’t need the jacket outside, knot it around your waist or neck. This way, you won’t risk losing it. Doing so also keeps your hands free to google the map on your phone to find your destination, take photographs with your iPhone, buy subway tickets, or just drink your iced coffee on your marsh to the next see-worthy place. In addition, the knotted jacket ups your style.Knotting a jacket around your waist ups your style. #styletip #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Off-season May Mean more Rainy Days (or Cooler Water)
Warning: Never take a vacation with me. It is a guarantee for rain. I once took a vacation in Morocco to tour the King’s cities and the Sahara desert. They hadn’t had rain in three years. Guess what? The plane landed and it purred. 🙁
Another example was 1992. There were awful wildfires in California. My parents were at their retirement home in Dirkshorn, The Netherlands where they had no phone (on purpose). Thus, I wrote them a card saying that we would fly to California to extinguish the fires. My husband and I were just married and he said “Why are you writing such garbage to your parents? You didn’t take a job as a firefighter!” “You’ll see” I just responded. We landed in San Diego and it started to rain. 🙂
Rain Gear Is Part of a Smart Vacation Wardrobe
As important as a comfortable stylish beach dress for a beach vacation, is an outfit for a rainy day. I really like my packable Burberry trench coat for vacation and business travel alike. It is very light and folds very small. Thus, I can have it handy in my bag all the time. Of course, a foldable umbrella also does the trick. However, it has the disadvantage that you don’t have both hands free anymore.
Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas
Here are some visual inspiration for ageless city touring vacation looks over 40.
T-shirt c/o Marine Layer with own Burberry Brit trench coat, Longchamp bag, London Jean boyfriend jeans, and Hunter rain boots J. Crew seesucker pants with Oliveo linen shirt, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Kieselstein Cord belt, H buckle, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord
Sun dress with espadrilles and Paloma Picasso sun glasses (all own)
Chica maxi dress, Collier de Chien belt, metal bag, straw hat, statement necklace, and Juicy Couture slides (all own)
Karina Dresses dress, Gucci bag, Moda International cardigan, medor watch (all own), and wood Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway
Shein shirt, Orvis summer pants, Coach bag, statement belt (all own), sunglasses c/o Winkwood and bomber c/o Shein
City touring look: Spring bag c/o Olivia + Joy worn with own Anne Klein sweater, BCBG capris, Vigotti shoes, Jones New York cardigan, and pearl necklace
Ariana wedge slides c/o Vionic Shoes with own Liz Claiborne sweater, BCBG capri, Burberry bag, and Moda International cardigan
Double HH boots, Oliveo denim skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, college T-shirt, silk scarf and HH men’s raincoat (all own)
Casual sightseeing look with Moda International cardigan knotted at the waist, London BF, Longchamp pliage, Nicole sandals, Brooks Brothers sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Festina watch (all own)
Liz Claiborne denim dress, statement belt, Tommy Hilfiger wedge sandals, Coach bag, Festina watch (all own), and wooden pineapple earrings c/o Green Tree Jewelry
Zaful knit dress, leggings, Keds, Notations white and black striped cardigan, Hermes shoulder purse, and statement necklace (all own)
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Pack with Outfits in Mind
When I pack for the best time of the year, I stick to one or two neutral colors and two bright colors that work great side by side. I pick items that maximize my options to wear, at minimum weight of the baggage. See this shortcut to pack a vacation wardrobe.
More on Beach, Dance Cruise and Resort Vacation Outfits
This guide covered general aspects of vacation style in warm regions. You can find more information on what to pack for a dance cruise in the post at the link. Interested in heading out to the beach and wonder about short summer vacation outfits? Don’t forget to think about that the pieces of your chic vacation travel look should also go together with the pieces you packed in your baggage.
Note there is a distinct difference between resort and vacation style. In a resort, you stay for an extended time. Thus, it is more like living at home, but with more entertainment opportunities than at home. Sightseeing is less an aspect in a resort than when you stay in a place for just 10 days. Also on vacation, you most likely don’t attend a formal affair. You can read more on how to wear your resort style in the post at the link.
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