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The Top 12 Fashion Items You Need for a Stylish Road Trip

Leave your leggings at home.

By: Monica Mendal

Cross-country road trips and weekend getaways are having a real moment. With many itching to escape their respective city and venture to the coast post-quarantine, and others simply yearning for a change of scenery or a little adventure, long drives to anywhere have recently become a summer must. While hours or days spent on the road don’t necessarily beckon a stylish wardrobe—the inevitable amount of selfies you’ll take from the passenger seat this summer might tempt you otherwise. You’ll also want to be prepared for stops in new cities or spontaneous afternoon dips in lakes or beaches along the way. So ditch your sweats, and lean in to these fun sartorial pursuits for long joyrides. Ahead, the 12 fashion items you’ll want to wear for a stylish road trip.

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The Modern Aloha Shirt

Tombolo x Hôtel Magique Coast Lines Cabana Shirt

$158

An inordinate amount of selfies are a given during long road trips, so while you’ll definitely want to think about comfort, a whimsy aloha shirt by cult-favorite brand Tombolo in collaboration with Hôtel Magique combines both comfort and style.

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The Perfect Shades

Lowercase Basil Sunglasses

$350

NY-based brand Lowercase crafts high-quality shades that will sustain the test of time—or at least the “oh sh*t, did I just sit on my sunglasses again?” moment—while also making you look really, really good.

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Cozy Pants

Carlota Cahis Flared Pants

$271 $141

Barcelona-based brand Carlota Cahis is our favorite artisanal knitwear brand of the moment. With long hours spent in the car, you’ll want to sport some loungewear in lightweight fabrics—and a little color never hurts.

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A Cute Face Mask

Farewell Frances Multicolor Face Mask

$25

As we all know by now, a face mask is a necessary and must-have accessory. Be prepared for rest stops with our favorites by Farewell Frances. They come in a wide assortment of patterns and styles in their lightweight cotton made from vintage quilt tops.

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Oversized Utility Shirt

Quaker Marine Supply Utility Shirt Jacket

$128

Oversized everything. This borrowed-from-the-boys pullover by Quaker Marine is the perfect summer staple for cooler nights on the road.

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The Perfect Loafer

Jack Erwin Mia

$195

Jack Erwin is a master in combining style, functionality, and affordability with their line of women’s shoes. Their new unlined Mia loafers are no exception as they’re the perfect travel shoe for long days on the road.

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A Beach Towel

Gabriel for Sach PareoTop

$126 $88

You’ll want a towel in case you pass by a beach or lake during your journey. This Gabriel for Sach towel has a three-in-one function—it’s stylishly designed to be worn as a sarong or a top with a fastening loop closure and can also be laid out flat like a towel.

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Biker Shorts

Nagnata Balati Rib Biker

$121

If it’s too hot or pants feel too constricting in the car, Nagnata’s flattering, seamless rib biker shorts are designed with natural fibers that are soft and offer maximum breathability. We also highly recommend them for stretch breaks!

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The Hero Bag

Emily Levine Sari Tokyo Magnet XL

$180

Emily Levine’s XL Tokyo Magnet bags are the ultimate miracle bag. Lightweight and stylish, their durability almost feels like magic. Inside, you’ll be able to fit a laptop, a towel, and basically anything but the kitchen sink.

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A Cute Hat

Romualda Dada Bucket

$117

Believe it or not, you even need sun protection in the car—window and sunroof burns are real. Protect yourself stylishly with this reversible hat by artisanal brand Romualda.

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A Swimsuit

Oséree Stretch-lurex Triangle Bikini

$209

You can’t forget to keep a swimsuit in the car. This Oserée lurex style is made from thin materials and is comfortable enough to wear under your clothes in the car so you’re constantly prepared for swim breaks.

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Chic Socks

Comme Si The Essential Cotton Sock Set

$75

With the AC on full blast, you’ll want to have some socks on hand. If you step out for a rest stop, pair your socks with Birkenstock sandals, and that’s a ‘fit.

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