How to curate a black and white women’s travel capsule wardrobe for effortless resort style. As inspired by a beach vacation to Los Cabos.
Having a theme for vacation outfits can take some pressure off the process of preparing for a trip, especially if you need to pick outfits and pack at the last minute. For my most recent trip, I stuck to a neutral color scheme and focused on luxurious resort looks that align with my rich auntie aesthetic. Let’s get into the details.
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Building a Capsule Vacation Wardrobe
Vacation outfit planning is one of my favorite parts of getting ready for a trip and creating a capsule wardrobe for a trip simplifies it but is also fun because it drives me to look at pieces in my closet in different ways.
- Pack versatile pieces you can wear multiple times and for a variety of activities. Use accessories like jewelry and scarves to spice up outfits.
- Select up to three pairs of shoes. For this trip, I opted for one pair of heeled sandals for evening wear, flat neutral mules, and slip-on black leather sandals to wear on repeat.
- Play with patterns. This adds variety and fun! My black and white travel outfit ideas included solid separates in each color, all of one, and mixed prints.
- Use accessories to add pops of color.
This approach made it extremely easy to pack my Cabo vacation outfits into just a carry-on bag.
Outfit #1: Flight to Mexico
Comfort is my paramount concern when planning what to wear on the plane but I also want to look polished. The Kendal pant is as soft as pajamas, very flattering, and versatile so I paired it with supportive, slip-on sandals, and a crewneck bodysuit with light compression. The silk neck scarf pulls everything together and came in handy as a hair tie later on in the trip!
Outfit #2 Lunch on the Resort
A shirt dress is always on the list of resort outfit ideas. This black and white ankara shirt dress is cool enough for tropical temperatures and I slipped on raffia mules and grabbed a small wooden bag to complete the look. And you can’t see it but I have the same silk scarf I wore on the plane, tied around my hair bun.
Outfit #3: Dinner in Town
Breezy pants and an off the shoulder blouse are perfect to wear to a beachside dinner. The panels and tie waist on these wide leg trousers make a statement so I always opt to pair them with a simple top. I added the gold and turquoise cuff for a pop of color in this neutral color scheme and, sadly, lost it on the way to dinner!
Outfit #4: Morning Swim
This Marcia B. Maxwell corseted swimsuit gives total lady of leisure vibes, which I channeled with a black head-tie and white beaded statement earrings. This look is actually all resort wear by Black designers!
Outfit #5: Beach to Spa Day
See how that black silk scarf keeps coming into play? Add a gauzy cover up dress to your what to wear in Cabo list because it’s so versatile and will take you from the beach or pool to a restaurant or, in my case, the spa.
Outfit #6 Sunset Cruise
Another black-owned look in this duo-chrome maxi dress from Grass Fields, House of Boateng earrings, and Brandon Blackwood bag–all for a luxury sunset Jazz cruise. My headband is actually a belt for the dress. Versatility is key, remember?
Outfit #7: Late Dinner
I slipped another shirt dress into my bag just in case and it was perfect to throw on for a late dinner on the resort. After returning from the cruise, I didn’t want to continue to carry that voluminous maxi around.
Outfit #8: Poolside
A dramatic sun hat turns up neutral beach outfits and the trick to packing this one is to fold or roll it up in the carry-on then hang it on a clip hanger upon arrival.
Outfit #9: Flight Back Home
Pack a matching set because it really provides three outfit options in one with mixing and matching. I tied the sweater for departure then wore it to stay warm on the plane. This is the black version of the white bodysuit I arrived in and the head-tie from my morning swim stuck again!
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