Maximize your vacation wardrobe

Aug 8, 2008 at 4:16 a.m. ET

Are you headed on vacation soon? Though talk of fall fashion is everywhere, we still have some warm weather left this summer. If you are preparing for a relaxing vacation, follow these simple trips to maximize your wardrobe.

Woman relaxing on the beach

Pack mix-and-match separates

Pick one or two colors and build around them with mix and match separates in both solids and prints. Khaki is a good neutral for summer, but you can also liven it up with blues, reds and yellows. Bring tanktops, t-shirts, shorts, capri pants and a dress or two. And of course, don't forget your swimsuit.

Look for wrinkle-resistant fabrics

Light knits, cotton blends and spandex all will retain their shape and are resistant to wrinkles. Forget about linen and silk. Also, don't overpack. Overpacking is the most common cause of wrinkles. Placing tissue paper between garments will also help reduce wrinkling.Cowboy hat - sunglasses

Dress comfortable not sloppy

Tattered, oversized clothes might be comfortable but they certainly aren't stylish. Instead, choose properly fitting clothing with elastic waistbands and shoes with flat heels to maximize your comfort while still looking good.

Put on a wide-brimmed hat

A big sun hat and a pair of oversized sunglasses are glamorous fashion choices that are functional too. Choose a straw, canvas or cotton hat with a large brim to protect your face from the sun.

Bring your little black dress

Even if you are planning a casual trip, you never know when your might want to go out to a restaurant or club. Your favorite little black dress and a pair of slingback sandals is all you need.

Remember a sweater

No matter how warm it is outside in the daytime, nights get cool. A cardigan sweater can be worn with everything from a tanktop and shorts to a dress. Pick a neutral color, such as cream or white so that it can be worn with everything in wardrobe.

Skip the expensive jewelry

Keep your jewelry simple and inexpensive. Thieves target vacationers wearing expensive jewelry. Instead of diamonds and gemstones, wooden beads, a stack of enamel bangles and a pair of colorful drop earrings are ideal choices for a vacation.Beaded flat sandals

Wear beaded flat sandals

Instead of rubber flip-flops, dress up your tootsies with beaded flat sandals in thong or slip on styles. You'll be able to wear them everywhere from the beach to shopping to the nightclubs.

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