Whether you are jetting off to Europe for a summer full of shopping and berries or planning a quick weekend getaway, 2022 is the year of great vacations. And as we all chart our plans to cover a whole lot of cities, coasts, and mountains, packing our travel wardrobe for a variety of climates and activities tends to cause a frenzy for us and our suitcases alike (God bless that zipper!). But with great travels, come great lessons – and one of our most treasured lessons is to prioritize a few of the same style staples for every travel (with seasonal add-ons) for a successfully fashionable trip. From oversized shirts to easy dresses and blazers, mixing and matching these wondrous staples lays out the groundwork for effortless holiday looks, which can then be topped off with stand-out pieces – be it shoes, bags, scarves, or some stunning jewels – for amped-up sartorial goodness. Below, we have listed the ultimate travel style staples that work all across the globe with some fashion inspiration for your vacation ‘content’. And yes, this is your sign to book that flight.
Yoyo Cao, Marina Mustaparta, Tiffany Hsu, Justyna Kowalewska
True to their effortless cool vibes, wide-leg trousers/jeans make a relaxed yet refined statement from city streets to beach decks. Oh! And they make a perfect style partner for elevating your basics.
Blair Eadie, Leonie Hanne, Summiyya (House of MISU)
Well, an oversized button-down shirt should always be on your vacation-style priority list. Wear it as a beach cover-up, pair it with a crop top and trousers, or layer it over a dress – the options are endless for this breezy staple.
Katie Giorgadze, Tina Leung, Sonam Babani
The greatest thing about skirts? They are as playful as they are versatile. And be ready to twirl around in compliments as this humble essential gives a strong finish to even the simplest of holiday outfits.
BLAZERS & DENIM JACKETS
Chriselle Lim, Tiffany Lai, Marianne Theodorsen
Speaking of outerwear, you’ll never regret packing a good blazer or denim jacket. From oversized to tailored designs, these comfortable, but polished staples come with an exceptional ability to elevate any casual outfit – whether it’s for a city stroll, a dinner, or the local clubbing scene.
Sanjana Batra, Martha Ward, Radha Patel
While Y2K-inspired mini dresses have become an Instagram summer staple, midi dresses (and maxis) are the great 2022 vacation essential, courtesy of versatile designs, bright colours, and brilliant details. And let’s not forget, nothing’s more effortless and fun than a lovely midi dress.
Aimee Song, Shereen, Masoom Minawala
Of course, co-ord sets are at the core of easy dressing and simplified packing, after all, two is always better than one. Whether dressed up or down or mixed and matched with other pieces, co-ord sets ensure your travel style is always A+.
BASICS & STATEMENT BLOUSE
Amalie Othilia, Chriselle Lim, Marina Mustaparta, Chiara Ferragni
When it comes to mixing and matching separates, basics (like crop tops, t-shirts, camisoles, and more) and statement blouses are equally essential for a unique touch. Obviously, exaggerated sleeves, textures, cutouts, and pops of colour make them even better.
Karishma is a science nerd turned fashion and beauty writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, salted caramel ice-cream, jewels, and Simba (her dog) make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.