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WHAT TO WEAR: Vacation

If there’s one thing I’m notorious for, it’s overpacking. Packing for a long trip is always such a hassle and I often find myself regretting packing that second (or third) pair of strappy sandals while trying to lug my suitcase out of the airport. I had this very struggle while embarking on my family vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and as a Style Guru, I couldn’t help but steal some style advice from the fashionable women in the area. Luckily, I came across this cute and comfy Fashionista rockin’ the perfect beachy (and minimalist!) look for vacation. She didn’t need to lug that extra pair of shoes around and she still looked fabulous, so I guess it’s safe to say that I definitely took some pointers.

If you’re feeling stuck between checking an extra bag full of clothes that you might wear or dressing like a dorky tourist, look to this Fashionista for advice. She successfully navigated the thin line between dressing for comfort and for style. Every part of her outfit doubles as both practical and stylish. Here, she is wearing a printed maxi dress with chunky yet comfortable sandals perfect for exploring the Puerto Vallarta streets in. The eye-popping cheetah pattern on the dress is also complemented nicely by the simplicity of her jewelry.

She uses a classic black belt around her waist to bring more shape to the dress and completes the look with the ultimate Fashionista’s vacation essential: a floppy hat. The mix of textures and trends utilized by this Fashionista work very well together to create a classic, well-rounded outfit. Maxi dresses are the perfect garments to bring on a trip because they take up minimal space and are versatile enough for any travel experience. They are comfortable enough that you can wear them while walking and taking public transportation, yet stylish enough to have all eyes on her. All in all, this Fashionista hit the head on the nail with this outfit.

One Simple Change: To take this outfit from a day at the beach to a night out on the town, lose the sandals and add some cute wedges, cardigan and statement necklace.