When our EIC Rachel Zoe goes on vacation, sunshine, white sand and crystal clear water are prerequisites for a proper escape. Since the most exotic destinations in the world require next-level style, Rachel’s suitcases are chock-full of colorful designer beachwear. We raided her packing session to get a peek at all the fab pieces she takes on holiday. Let’s just say we are filled with serious caftan envy.
"Caftans are my signature when I'm on vacation—the ethereal silhouette makes bright prints and patterns easy to wear, which are a nice departure from my usually black work wardrobe. I bring one in every length, and wear them for everything from a glam beach coverup to a relaxed dinner ensemble."
"Oversize sunnies in bright colors and vintage shapes are my go-to for the beach. Getting too much sun is not a good look, so I never go outside without giant shades and a wide-brimmed hat for maximum coverage during peak sun times."
"These cotton Pucci handkerchiefs scream island style—I tie them onto my beach bag, wrap them around my wrist and use them as head scarves."
"Statement jewelry is essential in taking a beach look to the next level. Turquoise and coral accessories really pop with prints, so I pile them on with an Hermes sarong for lunch or with a Missoni caftan for dinner."
"Since you usually only need lipstick and a little cash when you're on vacation, little clutches are the perfect accessory. I usually buy them to wear to weddings or other formal events but end up using them all the time when I'm traveling, which makes them worth the splurge."
"Platform wedges and heels in wood, raffia, cork and metallics go with literally everything. When I'm headed on a beach vacation, I always edit my shoes and only bring neutral heels to pair with bright caftans and printed pareos."