Your flight is booked, or you’ve got a full tank of gas, and your vacation itinerary is planned to T. Now all you need to do is figure out what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be spending most of your time seeing the sights or relaxin’ doesn’t mean you should have to settle for cargo shorts and grandpa sneakers (unless you want to; I won’t judge). Peep the following vacation style icons to get some inspiration for your getaway getups. And don’t forget your sunblock!
In National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Clark Griswold decides to drive his entire clan to a theme park called Walley World in the hopes of forcing some family bonding time. During the trip throughout America, they encounter a smorgasbord of mishaps which, if you’ve ever experienced a bad vacay, will make you grateful that at least you never had to go through what the Griswolds do!
With her colorful T-shirts and high-waisted jeans, Clark’s teenage daughter Audrey (Dana Barron) is our style icon on this adventure. Even though she’d rather be anywhere except on this nightmare trip, she still manages to look stylin’, especially in her aviator shades. [link: https://www.girlprops.com/a/view/25845/aviator-sunglasses-enamel-finish-in-blue.html ] Grab a similar pair to hide your eyes if you’re ever on an embarrassing family trip like the Griswolds’.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) is about an incredibly successful financial executive named Stella (Angela Bassett) whose friend Delilah (Whoopi Goldberg) convinces her to live a little for once, so the two take a fancy vacation to Jamaica. On the trip, Stella ends up meeting a handsome hunk named Winston Shakespeare (Taye Diggs), who is 20 years her junior. After trying to rebuff his advances, she finds herself falling for him and has to figure out if this wild stallion can fit in with her corporate life back home.
Even though Stella’s style is a typical poolside look—bikini, tank top, and wide-brimmed hat—she still manages to make comfortable look chic. Don’t be afraid to wear jewelry, especially big, bright earrings with your resortwear. It’s all about the accessories, baby.
Four girls, one pair of jeans. That’s pretty much the premise of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), a movie about four friends named Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Bridget (Blake Lively), Carmen (America Ferrera), and Lena (Alexis Bledel) who are about to embark on their first summer vacation away from one another. While Lena is visiting family in Greece, Bridget is traveling to Mexico for soccer, Carmen is visiting her dad in another state and Tibby is staying home and working on a documentary. Before bidding adieu, the girls get together for a shopping trip where they stumble upon a pair of jeans that magically fits all of them perfectly. They decide to share the pants over the summer. Forget friendship bracelets—imagine being bonded with your soul sisters by a pair of denim dungarees!
Pay homage to this cute quartet by incorporating elements of the different friends in your outfit. Start with the jeans, of course, and add a pink top for a nod to Carmen. Top it off by grabbing some blue hair dye and a stack of rings in homage to Tibby.
Dirty Dancing (1987) takes place in 1963. lt’s about a gal nicknamed “Baby” (Jennifer Grey) who is vacationing at a resort with her family the summer after she graduates high school. While her older sister Lisa is superficial and wants to be in show business, Baby plans on attending to a liberal college and joining the Peace Corps. She meets the resort’s resident dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), and soon becomes his dance partner for an important performance. Johnny teaches Baby the routine—dirty dancing and all—and the two become close and eventually fall in love, despite their different backgrounds.
For style inspiration, there’s not much that screams summer more than a tie-front shirt and a pair of jorts. And let’s not forget the memorable scene where Baby has to carry a watermelon. What could be a more perfect tribute to that moment than carrying a watermelon-shaped clutch? HAGS, everybody! ♦