Five Pieces, 12 to 15 Outfits

Vacay Style Kelly in the City-99

Newport Collection c/o Vacay (When you purchase an entire Vacay collection or any five pieces from the company, you’ll receive 20 percent off and a free beach bag. You can also use the promo code “KELLY10%” to take an additional 10 percent off a purchase of a full collection or five-piece purchase. Free beach bag still included!) / Jack Rogers / Tory Burch Earrings (Also love these!) / Similar Bracelet

Truly one of the most ingenious style ideas I’ve ever heard of: five pieces that can be mixed around to create 12 to 15 adorable outfits, all perfect for your next vacation.

When I first heard about Vacay, I thought there was no way this was possible. But my friends, it’s possible. And it has the ability to completely change the way we travel.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve moved more and more away from carefully curating and accessorizing my vacation outfits. I mean, yes: I want to look and feel fabulous, as I’m finally on the trip I’ve undoubtedly been looking forward to for a long time. But I also want things to be easy. Because it’s a vacation, and it’s meant to be fun and relaxing.

I think no matter what your age, though, packing for trips can be stressful and difficult. You want to have options once you get there, but you also can’t bring your entire summer wardrobe along with you. No one likes struggling with an overstuffed bag, which I talked about here, and no one likes when the contents of said bag–which totally fit back at home–don’t even come close to fitting at the end of the trip. (Why does that happen?!) Simply put, the struggle is real.

But Vacay, a San Francisco-based clothing brand redefining the art of women’s travel wear, eliminates the struggle. With each collection’s five pieces (specifically designed to take you from day to night), you can create 12 to 15 adorable outfits. All you have to do is bring along a couple of staples: your favorite pair of shorts and your favorite pair of jeans. (I also found that Vacay outfits stand on their own, and require little to no accessories. I packed one pair of earrings, one bracelet and one dainty necklace for my trip to the beach, and that’s been more than enough!)

In today’s post, I’m wearing the Newport Stripe Maxi Dress, which is part of Vacay’s Newport Collection, inspired by the nautical history and beautiful landscape/mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. The piece is designed to be worn two ways: as a coverup or dress. I love that you can simply throw the ivory strapless slip into your beach bag, and go from day to night instantaneously. It doesn’t even require a trip to the bathroom to change!

Isn’t it the cutest? I think it’s safe to assume that this dress–along with Vacay’s entire Newport Collection, actually–is coming with me on our trip to the beach next month!

Over the next few days, I’ll be featuring several additional outfits from Vacay’s Newport Collection while I’m at the beach, so stay tuned for more. :)

Remember: When you purchase an entire Vacay collection or any five pieces from the company, you’ll receive 20 percent off and a free beach bag. You can also use the promo code “KELLY10%” to take an additional 10 percent off a purchase of a full collection or five-piece purchase. Free beach bag still included!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Vacay, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!

A huge thank you goes out to my Dad, who’s an amazing photographer and–clearly–an amazing father. :) Love you so much, Dad!

That’s my daughter in the water
Everything she knows, I taught her
Everything she knows

Everything I say, she takes to heart
Everything she takes, she takes apart

That’s my daughter in the water
Every time she fell, I caught her
Every time she fell

And that’s my daughter in the water

  • dianeinmyownstyle

    Will be checking out Vacay – smart idea! Your dad sounds like a cutie. Love the daughter poem. Where the photos taken in OC in March? Brrrrr :-)

    • Hi Diane!! Oh my goodness, you would LOVE it. It’s definitely the best style-related idea I’ve ever come across, and I’m SO excited to use the collection for trips to the beach and lake when the weather gets warmer! :) We’re actually having the NICEST weather in OC! (But yes, it was on the chillier side yesterday when these were taken, but it took my dad about 2.5 minutes to snap these, so no big deal, hehe.) xoxo!

      • dianeinmyownstyle

        I grew up going to OC every year for the month of August. My parents rented a house on the beach down on the south end usually between 44th and 55th. Worked on the boardwalk during college summers. It is and will always be my favorite place on earth.

        • Ahhhh!!! No way!! :) My family and I have been going to OC since I was eight years old, and my husband and I were married there three years ago. I adore every inch of that island! :) Like you said, favorite place on earth!

          • dianeinmyownstyle

            I have two daughter’s around your age age that also grew up going there every summer. I am sure they will be taking their children there too. My brother lives in Denver, CO and still rents a house every August. It is very a very special place.

        • Ahhhh!!! No way!! :) My family and I have been going to OC since I was eight years old, and my husband and I were married there three years ago. I adore every inch of that island! :) Like you said, favorite place on earth!

  • Love this outfit and can’t wait to see the rest. And super impressed with your dad’s photo skills! Does he have experience??

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  • Love this outfit and can’t wait to see the rest. And super impressed with your dad’s photo skills! Does he have experience??

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

    • Awww thank you! GET THIS: He just started shooting in July! The man is a QUICK learner. ;)

  • Kelly, this maxi dress was made for you! You look so stunning!!! Also, the Vacay concept is GENIUS. Packing is always such a pain unless you can mix and match pieces to create different outfits. Definitely going to check them out!
    xoxo,
    Lauren | http://www.lakeshorelady.com/

    • Thank you so much, Lauren! I truly can’t get over how awesome Vacay is. I typically overpack like crazy — EVEN when I go with a black-and-white theme. This time, though, it was ridiculously easy!! I just told Mitch I think we need to book a tropical vacation… ;) MISS YOU!! Work day next week?!

  • Kelly, this maxi dress was made for you! You look so stunning!!! Also, the Vacay concept is GENIUS. Packing is always such a pain unless you can mix and match pieces to create different outfits. Definitely going to check them out!
    xoxo,
    Lauren | http://www.lakeshorelady.com/

  • What a great idea!! Lots of cute outfits and it all fits in a small suitcase. I’m a chronic overpacker! Your dad is a great photographer too!
    -Kristen
    http://www.pugsandpearls.com

    • Thank you, Kristen!! Huge fan of all the outfits! And I’ll tell my Dad — He’ll be so excited to hear you think that. ;)

  • I’ll definitely check out Vacay – it seems like a great idea!

  • Lauren

    Kelly you look absolutely gorgeous! Loving that dress and this whole idea! Can’t wait to look more into it. Also love the shout out to your dad, you are such a sweetie <3
    xx, Lauren
    http://www.rosesandrainboots.com

  • I love this post Kelly and your dad is a pro at the photos! That bag is so cute for the beach and these pictures are making me excited for summer! I miss you!!!

  • Love this! So excited for summer!

    Xo Lauren
    http://www.auburnrobes.com

  • Waaaaiittt this is SUCH a good idea! LOVE WELL ROUNDED CHRIS!!

  • awww so sweet of your dad! I love this dress too, so fun and summery!

  • Such a cute dress!

  • Such a cute dress!