Vacation Wardrobe: Week at the beach

Whenever you’re packing, you need to ask yourself a few questions. What’s the weather going to be like? Who am I trying to impress (because let’s be honest, if you’re lingering over your sartorial choices, it’s someone)?

For Labor Day week at the Outer Banks, it’s normally mild to warm, perhaps a bit cooler at night.  I’m not really trying to impress anyone either. Okay, people at the rest stops. I like to have a cute t-shirt to ride in the car in. Beyond that I pack for comfort!

empty bagSo, what goes into my American Apparel duffel bag? (As a side note, I’d like to say I’m pleased with how well it’s held up, because honestly, it seems awfully flimsy, but I take it everywhere with me!)

A lot of soft well worn t-shirts (about six), a fistful of underwear, a couple of pairs of shorts and bloomers, a few cover-ups (including my 70s miu miu), some swimsuits, a hoodie and a long sleeve shirt, a canvas bag and a book, and we’re ready to roll!

Super important at the beach: reading material! I actually brought two more books and my Kindle. I love this Gloomy Bear canvas tote. I take it everywhere! It's an unobtrusive way to be fashionable.
Super important at the beach: reading material! I actually brought two more books and my Kindle. I love this Gloomy Bear canvas tote. I take it everywhere! It’s an unobtrusive way to be fashionable.
Two sensible Speedo one pieces with a boonie hat, and a cute Fables by Barrie bikini with a Ralph Lauren hat.
Two sensible Speedo one pieces with a boonie hat, and a cute Fables by Barrie bikini with a Ralph Lauren hat.
Ladies--always pack more panties than you think you'll need. Trust me. It's the one thing you want to over pack!
Ladies–always pack more panties than you think you’ll need. Trust me. It’s the one thing you want to over pack!
Ah, the fruits of my labor! Snuggling with a sandy tired dog. Don't worry, we both wear sunscreen.
Ah, the fruits of my labor! Snuggling with a sandy tired dog. Don’t worry, we both wear sunscreen.