Summer isn't the only season for taking a vacation. With cooler (more bearable) weather and stunning foliage, fall is the perfect time to plan some time away. But whether you're jet-setting for a few weeks or just taking a long weekend trip, choosing what to pack for a last-minute trip can be stressful. Here's our guide to five statement essentials.
Straw Hats for a Sunny Getaway
Pack a cute straw hat for a fall weekend trip full of sun (just because it's fall, doesn't mean you don't need to protect yourself). Whether in Honolulu, San Diego, or Dallas, a brightly hued floppy hat will shield you from the rays and keep you cool. Find one at Neiman Marcus by designers such as Eric Javits, or opt for a fun embellished version from Eugenia Kim at Nordstrom.
Retro Cameras for a Picturesque Old-World European Trip
Sure, your iPhone probably takes incredible photos. But there's something special about also having a fun, portable camera with you when you're traveling — especially in a city with gothic architecture, incredible parks, and colorful houses. Pack a mini instant camera or retro-style digital camera (like the ones by Fujifilm or Holga, from Urban Outfitters) for a trip to Porto, Paris, or Madrid. You won't be able to put it down!
Mini Bags for Big City Travels
Make a mini bag your go-to when packing for a vacation to a big city. In a spot like New York City or Tokyo, you'll want to have your hands free while looking as stylish as possible. Keep what you carry to the bare minimum with an adorable mini bag. Valentino (sold at Saks Fifth Avenue) has great luxe options, while GiGi New York is a great pick for small bags are chic and affordable.
White Sneakers for a Preppy Weekend Jaunt
Fall may be here, but why not get squeeze one last hurrah of out of summer by heading to a laidback, preppy New England destination worthy of your best white sneakers? Pack a pair to wear to watch your favorite event, and they'll easily transition to a night out with friends, be it in Boston, the Hamptons or Maine. ZARA and H&M are two of the best spots to find your new favorites. You also can't go wrong choosing a classic pair from Reebok.
Chic Bangles for a Lakeside Vacation
Whether in Michigan, California or Canada, great style and the power of accessories is universal. Plastic or metal bangles are great for a lake destination where you might end up getting splashed — they're casual and therefore unlikely to get ruined. Stock up on several different affordable styles at Forever 21, or get fancy with options from Pluma. You'll be able to seamlessly transition from boat life to a candlelit dinner with the right armful.