Short summer vacation outfit ideas

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Pack light to just have carry-on baggage

July means summer and vacation season. Many of us in the US, who have only 12-15 days of vacation each year, it means one can only make a short trip. This is especially true, when some of the vacation days have to be taken at a prescribed time and/or family lives out of state. In other words, some of the day offs go to family time, i.e. are reserved for family reunions.

I was asked by Merry from Shein to write a sponsored post on how outfits for a summer vacation. If you ever lost you baggage on a flight – I did it twice, but fortunately on the way home – you are eager to pack light. I like to have everything in my carry-on.

details of a beach vacation look
Zoom-in on Shein floral striped button-down dress, Gucci bag, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and suede belt, jade bangle (all own), and best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chicos

For me an ideal short summer vacation would include reading at the beach or pool, dining at little places at the beach side or in town (where the locals go). The main entertainment would be browsing the local beach malls, sight seeing along with walking the beach promenade. Thus, here I provide some outfit ideas with what I would pack beyond a straw hat, beach towel, sunglasses, two bathing suits, sun screen, and the LBD and dancing shoes for evenings on the dance floor. Of course, medication, underwear, and necessaries are also in the weekender that I use on travel. And don’t forget a joyful, chic vacation travel look. It’s best when pieces of it can also be used at the location.

Outfit 1 denim dress with kimono and sneakers

fashion over 40 summer vacation outfit
Shein blue cap sleeve button dress with pockets, floral kimono, double buckle belt, long handle straw bag, and golden lace up sneaker style espadrilles

The above outfit would look great with a black floppy hat or a natural straw hat. What I like about this kimono is that it is lined. Thus, it can later be worn instead of a blazer on Casual Friday. The above look also works without the kimono. The kimono can be folded and carried in the straw bag in the heat outside and put on to not catch a cold when entering a chilly air conditioned mall. Who wants to bring back a cold as a vacation souvenir? Not to mention who wants to deal with a cold while being on vacation!

Outfit 2 maxi shirt dress with kimono, sneakers and belt for walks

fashion over 50 vacation outfit suggestion
Shein long sleeve maxi dress with pockets, straw bag, obi belt, kimono, and golden espadrilles

The above outfit suggestion features a maxi dress. It works with the same kimono. The long sleeves are great for sun protecting after a long day on the beach. Chopped up they offer space for a great arm party. You can also rock the dress without the kimono by chopping the sleeves outside and wearing them down inside. You can shorten the hem easily à la Julianne Hough by knotting the hem above the knee. So sexy. Perfect for walks bare feet on the beach just where the ocean waves moisturize the sand. <3

Outfit 3 maxi dress with scarf necklace, slides and statement belt

mature style posh vacation look
Shein olive maxi dress with the double buckle belt, a neckerchief chain necklace, a beach tote with stylish pom poms, and trendy horse bite slippers with floral print

The above outfit “recycles” the maxi dress with the double belt. The beach tote can do double duty as a bag. The slides combine the colors of the dress, belt, and neckerchief. Back at home, you may cut the pom poms off when they are too trendy when using the beach bag as tote for shopping at the local Farmer’s market.

Outfit 4 denim dress with scarf necklace, and slides

mature style summer vacation look
Shein neckerchief with chain, pom pom beach tote, horse bite slides, and denim maxi shirt dress.

The outfit above combines the beach tote, denim maxi shirt dress, neckerchief and slides. Knowing me, I would start thinking about shortening this beautiful dress after the vacation to just above the knee to “recycle” it as a work dress for Casual Friday. It is just too cool for just being worn on vacation. When I love a piece I want to wear it often.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in summer vacation look
Front view of Shein floral striped knotted button down summer dress, bamboo top handle Gucci bag, Nine West pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes Medor watch, suede long belt, jade bangle (all own), and best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chico’s

What to wear on the travel to your short vacation destination?

For the travel to and from the destination cute joggers, a T-shirt, slides and a rain and wind protecting bomber are great options. They allow comfort in the plane and to adjust to the often chilly temperatures. Of course, a pair of comfy jeans, a Tee and the kimono do the trick too.

style blogger in summer trip must-have clothing
Shein floral striped knotted shirt dress, Gucci bag, Nine West pumps, and suede long belt (all own)

P.S. Do you know that my style book How to Dress for Success in Midlife is also available on as an e-Book?

P.P.S. Interested in what to pack to look stylish on a dance cruise, joyful, chic vacation and travel looks, or how I wear my resort style?

Welcome to the Top of the World Style linkup party

First I want to apologize that there was some hick-up with the last linkup. I wish I could tell you why and what the technical difficulties were. Several of you sent me emails about it. Thank you all. Some of you were able to linkup, some weren’t. I have no idea why. Gremlins? I hope this time everything will be smooth and that there is no random “door man.”

Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!

As a “Thank You” for linking up, I pin photos from this party’s posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your posts to this group board, please follow my boards on pinterest (pinterest requirement to add you), and send me an email with the request to be added to the group board contributors. I will email you an invitation. All you have to do then is to click accept and start pinning your outfits.

By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

Top of the World OOTDs

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner
The German California based blogger at Fabe Fashion became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is the German Californian style blogger at Fabes Fashion who submitted her winning post at the 117th linkup party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Jodie
Jodie the blogger at Jodie’s Touch of Style became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. I know it seems like I recycled last week’s post. Recall her mom, Charlotte, the 70s model, was on the thumbnail and was clicked the most clicked two weeks ago and hence featured last week. Well, daughter like mom. 🙂 This summer dress is really stunning and suits her well. A great romantic look, which is hard to pull off over 40. But she mastered it to perfection. 😉

Top of the World OOTD My Fav
Christine Besen the blogger at Bon and Chic Style became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Christine Besen’s, the style blogger at Bon and Chic Style, outfit with shorts, blazer and hat became my favorite. It is such an unexpected combination, but it looks so cool! Unbelievable! Great look! <3

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