Despite my summer holiday being ages away, I got kind of excited and gave my credit card a bit of a workout. I bought some new pieces for the trip that I thought would be comfortable in extreme heat but still pack well and be versatile enough to wear on the beach and to dinner.
A few of the items I shared above are ones I picked up at Nordstrom Rack so they're not readily available online. I really love bargain shopping because scoring a deal makes me super happy so I buy a lot of seasonal clothing in the off season when it's on super clearance (meaning I'll buy summer clothes in the winter and winter clothes in the summer).
I consider several things when I'm packing my summer wardrobe and I want to walk you through my thought process.
First off, I pick a theme. For my trip to London and Greece, I'm going for a laidback vibe and focusing on lots of white with blue accents (as a nod to the Greek flag and the architecture of the islands) and palm print (because it's luxe and holiday-appropriate).
Next, I consider the versatility of each piece. On trips when I know I'll be spending 80% of my time lounging in a swimming costume, I like to pack pieces that can be worn as a swim coverup and still be comfortable for dining out. The swim coverup part means that it needs to slip on easily over a still damp suit. The dining out part means that it needs to be cute enough that I'm not self-conscious.
The last step is to try the clothes on to (make sure it still fits and) make sure I like how it looks.