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10 Outfits to Pack if Your Summer Travel Plans Include a Big City

When we think of summer vacation, we typically think of somewhere tropical and relaxing, right? If your idea of a perfect vacation is spending the day on a boat in Ibiza that’s lovely, but a summer vacation doesn’t have to include sand in your toes (and your swimsuit, your bag, etc.). If exploring a new city by going to the latest hot spots, visiting museums, and photographing the famous landmarks in a concrete jungle is more your speed, I’m right there with you.

If places like London, Milan, Tokyo, New York City, Paris, and Amsterdam are calling your name this summer, you’re going to have to plan your wardrobe accordingly. Vacationing somewhere tropical or rustic comes with pretty obvious wardrobe standards, but when you’re traveling to an urban city, the white linen dress and flip-flops may not be the best choice. It’s best to prioritize polished outfits that are still appropriate for the warm weather, and comfortable enough to accommodate lots of walking. So, I’m here to assist. I found ten excellent outfit examples that are perfect for big-city vacations. Keep scrolling to start planning (and shopping) for your chic summer vacation wardrobe.

Tank Top + Full Skirt + Ballerina Pumps or Flats

Cardigan + Polka Dot Dress + Sneakers

Woman wearing a polka dot dress and sneakers

T-Shirt + Miniskirt + Loafers

Woman wearing a grey T-shirt, miniskirt, and loafers

Silky Blouse + Long Shorts + Pumps

Woman wearing a black top, long white shorts, and heels

Button-Down Shirt + White Tee + Linen Pants + Sandals

Woman wearing linen pants and a button-down shirt

Tank Top + Cropped Wide-Leg Jeans + Kitten-Heel Mules

Woman wearing jeans and a black tank top

Blazer + Capri Pants + Pointed-Toe Heels

Woman wearing capri pants and a blazer

Long Dress + Belt + Sandals

Woman wearing a long green dress and belt

Vest + Wide-Leg Trousers

Aimee Song wearing a white vest with black pants

Black Midi Dress + Belt + Cap-Toe Shoes

Woman wearing a black dress in NYC