5 Must-haves for your next girls' trip

Jul 2, 2010 at 11:44 p.m. ET

It's finally time for your annual girls' trip! Time for poolside chats, luxurious spa treatments and a night on the town. Now for the hard part: What to pack? With the right accessories and key pieces, it’s easier than you’d think. Wardrobe experts weigh in on what to bring for a weekend getaway with the gals.

Woman on vacation

If visions of Carrie Bradshaw's Sex and the City 2 vacation wardrobe are filling your head, you may need to think again. With many airlines charging pricey baggage fees, less is definitely more these days.

"The key to precise and successful packing is to take items that are easy to rotate and mix with other pieces, items that you can wear more than once, and, most importantly, items that can easily transition from day to night," explains stylist and wardrobe consultant Wemi Opakunle.

pack these vacation must-haves:


A pair of jeans, in denim or white, will take you far on your next getaway with the gals. Wemi opts for a pair of skinny jeans, explaining that they can be easily dressed up or down. To save space in your suitcase, she recommends rolling the jeans. "You can wear them as many times as you want to the beach or to dinner, paired with a statement necklace to spice up your look."

White TunicWhite t-shirt

Image consultant Kate Leser recommends packing a crisp, white shirt for two reasons: You can wear it as both a beach cover-up and as a sight-seeing top. If you're looking to step it up a notch, fashion stylist Jennifer Margolin suggests a tunic, which can transition from daytime to evening with the help of white jeans and heels.

Metallic flats and strappy heels

The right shoes can make or break your entire ensemble. That's why you can't go wrong with these vacation staples. Slip on a pair of chic flats for daytime activities, from wine tasting to shopping sprees. When the sun sets, opt for a sexy, strappy heel or wedge to dance the night away. Wemi also recommends throwing in a pair of embellished thong sandals to wear for all those in-between occasions, from the airport to the beach.

Fashion Aviators

Key accessories

Tthe right accessories can turn your outfit from bland to fab in seconds. For example, a fun, brightly colored clutch will hold all your evening necessities while making a fashion statement at the same time. When it comes to jewelry, Jennifer recommends selecting a color theme, such as gold, and sticking with it so everything matches. Key pieces include a statement necklace, cocktail ring and stacked bangles. If you're heading to a sun-filled locale, don't forget a fashionable pair of sunglasses. Last but not least, Kate suggests packing a pashmina wrap (try a neutral color like black, white or cream) to keep you warm on cool evenings and on the airplane.

Cocktail dress

As Wemi points out, you can never go wrong with the LBD, or Little Black Dress. "If you want to be a little more playful, try a short and flirty summer dress with a flower or polka dot print. Pair it with a statement necklace, and you're good to go." If your destination is a little more low key, Kate recommends packing a simple strapless sundress that can take you from day to night easily.

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