Are you headed to Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour this summer? Lucky you! If you've been wondering what to wear wine tasting, you're in the right place. Visiting wine country for the whole week or just the weekend? Either way, check out my packing guide and scroll down for my Napa Valley Packing List.
What To Wear Wine TaSTING
Photo Credits: Sydne Style (white blouse with distressed jeans), Alicia Tenise (striped jumpsuit), My Style Vita (denim jacket over white dress), Lace and Locks (tie waist dress and straw hat), and A Southern Drawl (white jacket over floral midi dress). All Via Google Images.
Wherever you go, remember wine tasting is a rustic experience in an outdoor setting. Since it's a posh activity in a rural environment think "casual glam".
Yes, you could wear jeans and a t-shirt and no one would bat an eye. But, if you wanted to do that, you wouldn't be reading this. Imagine you're meeting your very stylish friend for brunch at a hot new restaurant. That's your style direction.
My favorite garments for wine country include day dresses, jumpsuits, and cropped jeans. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes. Comfort and style can coexist. No need to sacrifice one for the other.
Do You Need a Jacket IN NAPA During SUMMER?
Yes, you will want a jacket for your visit to Napa Valley. Just like here in San Diego, Napa has micro-climates. This means the temperature can fluctuate up to 30 degrees within a short distance. And just like here at home, Napa experiences evening lows in the 50s and daytime highs in the 90s.
For those reasons, I suggest packing outerwear, like the denim number above or a utility jacket.
Tops You'll Need in Napa
For tops, I suggest you continue with the "casual glam" theme. Pack a few t-shirts, a couple of nicer blouses, and one button-down shirt. I like to bring neutral button downs everywhere in case I suddenly need sun protection.
What Pants & Skirts Work FOr Wine TaSting?
Because of the rough terrain, midi-length skirts and dresses work best. This is also why I prefer cropped jeans and pants. You're visiting farms, no need to dirty up the bottom of a gorgeous maxi dress.
On the flip side, short skirts and shorts also pose a problem. Many of these wineries have odd chairs and gross picnic tables. You won't want your naked thighs touching them. Sometimes the valley is windy, so you also risk an accidental flash if you're wearing a light, short skirt.
If you don't like skirts, try bermudas or wide-leg crop pants. These will prevent the issues mentioned above.
What Dresses to Pack for Napa Valley
As with skirts, proper length is key when choosing dresses for wine tasting. Don't drag your floor length maxi dresses through the mud. Don't get rust on your upper thighs. Go for dresses that are knee-length or longer, but make sure they don't touch the floor.
I prefer printed dresses because prints hide stains.
If you plan to explore Napa's night life or high-end restaurants, also pack a cocktail dress or two.
The Perfect Accessories for wine tasting
You'll want to be hands free while exploring Napa Valley's wineries. For that reason bring a crossbody bag like the one pictured above.
Since it's summer, a hat and sunglasses are mandatory. Stay protected from those UV rays. Skip the lipstick and gloss. Go for a tinted chapstick or naked lips. Below is a brief list of accessories to pack for Napa. Scroll down or click here for the complete packing list.
What Shoes To Wear Wine Tasting
You want to wear comfortable shoes. That means no stilettos, obnoxiously high heels, or pointy toes. Wine tasting involves lots of walking and standing. Have you ever been to a wedding at Martin-Johnson House and made the tragic mistake of wearing stilettos? Imagine going through that for a whole weekend instead of a couple hours.
What Not to Wear In NAPA VALLEY
Since it's a casual community, skip anything too work-like or uncomfortable. Leave the sheath dresses and blazers at home. Below is my list of items to avoid.
Can You Wear White for Wine Tasting?
If you dare! I personally don't recommend white, because I'm a messy gal. But, if you're the careful type, go for it. Pack a couple of shout wipes in your purse in case someone else spills on you.
Exploring Napa Valley
In closing, may I suggest a guided wine tour? I've heard wonderful things about Napa Valley Wine Tours by Gwendolyn. She has an infectious passion for the region. Her guests can't stop raving about their wonderful experiences.
In My Element, Photo by Dayley Photography
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Napa Valley Packing List
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Are you curious about what to pack for your trip to The Bahamas this summer? I've got you covered. Read on to learn the best fabrics, colors, and garments to bring this year. Scroll down to get your packing list for The Bahamas.
What to Wear in the Bahamas
Unlike here in the States, much of The Bahamas embraces heat. It's rare to find air conditioning outside the walls of your hotel. Just like home, however, sunscreen is essential. With such close proximity to the equator, sun burns happen in matter of minutes.
As a beach destination, The Bahamas requires a wardrobe of swimwear and sundresses in airy fabrics like cotton, linen, and rayon.
Should you pack a Jacket for the Bahamas?
If you're traveling during the rainy season, pack a light rain jacket. Hurricanes are also a possibility between June and November on the islands.
If you're a gentleman, you'll need to pack a blazer. You'll be asked to wear a dinner jacket to the upscale restaurants and casinos, particularly in Nassau and Paradise Island.
Tops You'll Need in The Bahamas
With such humid weather, breathable fabrics are key to choosing tops to bring to The Bahamas. I love bamboo-based fabrics like rayon. I enjoy the way they feel cool against the skin.
I also recommend bringing 1-2 long sleeve shirts for sun protection purposes. The Bahamian sun does not play. And, if you're anything like me your arms are already ten shades darker than your legs, despite daily, religious SPF application.
What BOTTOMS to Pack For the Bahamas
If you prefer pants, choose light fabrics like linen and rayon. Another great option is a pair of performance leggings. That sweat-wicking fabric is great for beach destinations. Perhaps this is why these pants remain the uniform for San Diego women.
Personally, I'm always more comfortable and free in skirts than pants. This is even more true when it's hot outside. Free your legs from the tyranny of pants and embrace midi and maxi skirts while in The Bahamas.
Also, pack a couple of sarongs that can do double duty as beach cover-ups and dresses.
What Dresses To Pack for the Bahamas
Dresses are an island essential. It's so easy to slip a dress over a swimsuit and slip a swimsuit off under a dress. Pack fun, colorful dresses in breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. If nightlife is on your agenda, pack a nice LBD (little black dress) you can dance in.
THE Swimwear you'll need in the bahamas
As a fair-skinned woman, I prefer rash guards, wet suits, and long-sleeve swimsuits. If you enjoy these, go ahead an wear them while visiting The Bahamas. An athletic style swimsuit is a must-have if you plan to scuba or snorkel on the islands.
If you're trying to get your bronze on, pack a couple of different bikini styles to minimize tan lines. And, as mentioned pack a couple of stylish sarongs so you can go from the beach to the bar with minimal effort.
Depending on your itinerary, you'll need to pack 2-3 swimsuits for your trip.
What are the perfect shoes for the bahamas?
Casual shoes are welcome in The Bahamas. Bring your flip flops, comfortable sneakers, and waterproof flats.
For visiting the upscale eateries and hotels, also pack a dressier sandal or wedge, like the Naturalizer sandals below.
Accessories you'll need in the bahamas
Since it's so hot in The Bahamas, I don't recommend packing a lot of jewelry. The metal will conduct heat and harm your skin. A couple pairs of earrings will do.
Bring a crossbody bag. Even though they're trendy right now, as you may remember from my "What to Pack for Paris" post, I don't recommend fanny packs abroad. I also like a straw tote for any beach adventures.
What Not to Wear in the Bahamas
Heavy fabrics and drab colors aren't ideal for traveling throughout The Bahamas. Leave your skinny jeans and chinos at home people; we're on island time.
Read below for your Bahamian Packing List. Or, get the PDF Packing list here. Take it with you, print it out, save it on your phone. Do what you gotta do!
Packing List: Summer in the Bahamas
SHOP YOUR CLOSET FIRST
Check your closet before you go shopping for your Bahamian adventure. You might find you've already got what you need. If you're really struggling, you can hire a stylist to help. In San Diego or Orange County? You can work with me. And, hey, if you get to the Bahamas and realize you forgot something, you can buy it there. Enjoy the island life!
As a personal stylist, trip packing is one of my most popular services. It's not hard to understand why--figuring out what to bring, what to leave behind, and what to wear each day in an unfamiliar place is a daunting task. It's one of those sneaky chores that seems simple, yet is actually quite challenging. If you over-pack, you have to deal with overweight luggage at the airport and you can't fit any souvenirs in your suitcase. If you under-pack, you end up wasting money (and time) on things you don't want during your trip. Fortunately, the key to proper packing is simply being intentional.
Research the Location
The first step to successfully planning your wardrobe for a summer trip is to research your destination. This is actually my favorite part of the process. I love learning about the weather, reading tips from expats who may live there, and seeing local street style photos. One key thing to determine during your summer trip research is whether or not the location embraces the heat or pumps up the AC. For example, if I'm traveling to Vegas, I always pack jackets and scarves even in the 110 degree weather because every casino, store, hotel and restaurant keeps it a cool 68 degrees. It is important to know ahead of time if you have access to laundry facilities--and be realistic with yourself if you will actually use them. If you don't want to do chores while vacationing, or don't have access to a washer and dryer, you will need to pack a few more outfits than someone who does.
Plan Outfits around Activities
After you've determined the weather and local eccentricities, it's time to look at your agenda. Even if you have a less structured plan, know what activities you might be enjoying. Are you going to be mostly relaxing by the pool? Be sure to bring a few different swimsuits. Are you going to be sightseeing for hours everyday? It's best to bring at least two pairs of comfortable shoes. Are you fitting in a seminar or a business meeting during your trip? You'll need to bring a professional outfit too.
When I work with clients, I take photos of their outfits. I even do this for myself, especially if I'm feeling particularly great that day. You don't want to forget the combinations. Save them as photos on your phone and make an "outfit album". This is especially important when you're on vacation as you're already out of your element and prone to forgetting basic things--like where you put your phone. Plan your outfits and take photos of them. You can try them on, or lay them out and take a photo of the combination. This works best if you've already worn the outfit. Personally, I like to try on and photograph, as I get a better feel for the proportions and how I feel in the ensemble.
Create a Packing List
If you like to be prepared, you can plan your wardrobe weeks ahead of your vacation. If you follow the above steps, you can easily make a packing list of the items you'll need, based on your photos. Look at the photos and diligently list out all the things in them, including shoes, accessories, and watches. If you're truly overwhelmed, I have a sample packing list below.
Summer Vacation Packing List
Savvy, minimalist readers may realize this packing list also serves as a perfect summer capsule wardrobe. Use what you have or buy what you need and this list can easily get you through summer. If you'd like this in PDF checklist format, email me and I will send one over. Happy travels!
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.