They don’t walk the runways, shoot the editorials or write the blogs, but buyers are every bit as integral to how we experience the world of fashion. These preternaturally put-together women dictate which trends make it off the runway and into stores—and populate our favorite street-style sites and Instagram feeds. So when it comes to traveling for vacation, these ladies know exactly what to bring. Here, 4 insiders from our favorite stores share where they’re headed and the essentials they’re packing.
US Consulting Fashion Director for Vestiaire Collective
"This Chanel dress is perfect for keeping warm once the sun goes down and pairs well with these versatile, day-to-night Celine sandals (I rarely pack heels for vacation). I also travel with a small, fun-colored bag which I wear throughout the trip in various situations. As far as my beauty regimen is concerned, I adore this hair oil for combatting the drying effects of the sun and salt water!"
Vice President of Global Buying, Net-a-Porter
"Sea's lace-paneled, crinkled gauze top looks perfect with a pair of denim shorts poolside or watching the sun set at Punta Galera. I'll pack my Saint Laurent beaded leather sandals because they are great for both sight-seeing and wandering along the beach, just like this fuss-free Sophie Anderson Jonas tote. Airy dresses are a must for summer travel, which is why I love The Row's printed silk midi dress. I’ll wear it to dinner at Bambuddha and around town for an evening stroll."
Director of Creative Projects, Nordstrom
"I surf in Tofino so a rash guard is key because it provides sun and cold water protection. Plus this style from our Pop-In@Nordstrom is fun and colorful! I am a bit of a towel snob, and this one is super long and plush and can be used as an impromptu picnic blanket. I always wear a hat in the sun to protect my face, and this wide-brimmed one says it all (when I’m on vacation, the phone is off—do not disturb!) Finally, no trip is complete without sunnies. These give any outfit a splash of glamour!"
Buying Director, Matchesfashion.com
"For Palm Springs I will pack lightweight dresses and cover-ups as well as a go-with-everything pair of espadrilles—one of my most beloved summer staples. I also love Sophie Anderson’s bags because they work for both day and night and add a pop of color to any outfit. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is the swimwear. I will be taking this one piece from Marysia which is reversible, so you are actually getting two in one!"