How To Pack: Miami Edition

When I found out I was headed to Miami during the first weekend of June to celebrate my dad's milestone birthday, I was beyond excited. 

A few days at the beach is something we could all use every once in a while, and, for this trip, I was even more ecstatic to dress for it. 

Miami is a culturally rich, undeniably colorful town with tons of energy. Your wardrobe should reflect the city you're going to, and this one was no exception for me. 

 Raquel Greer Gordian packs a suitcase that reflects the color and energy of Miami, Florida. 

To start the packing process, I made a mental agenda of all the activities I would be doing. For 2 nights and 3 days in Miami, the list was short, but just as important to prep for as my 13 day trip to Europe. 

Here's what was on the list: 

  • Friday plane ride

  • Friday dinner at OLA

  • Saturday pool & beach hangout 

  • Saturday lunch at Malibu Farm

  • Saturday dinner at Byblos

  • Sunday brunch at Stiltsville Fish Bar

  • Sunday plane ride

When packing, I plan out my outfits in chronological order of when the events will be taking place to ensure I didn't forget any activity. 

So to start, I picked my plane outfit. Comfort is key for a plane outfit, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. 

FRIDAY

Plane Outfit: Leather High-Waisted Shorts, Neon Crop Top from Beehive Boutique, Vince Leather Slides, Straw Flat-Brimmed Hat

 My airplane look was comfortable and also mimic'd the vibes of Miami, Florida. 

I chose this look to mimic the flashiness of Miami (leather & neon), so upon arrival, I would feel present in my environment and excited for what was to come. 

Next I put together my dinner look for Ola. 

For this look, I wanted something light-weight and easy to throw on after being tired from travel, so I packed my spaghetti-strap high-low black dress I got this winter from Estilo at Le Garage Sale. 

 A candid shot of me and my mom at the dinner at Ola. Pictured is my statement necklace and earrings to compliment to simplicity of the black high-low dress. 

A candid shot of me and my mom at the dinner at Ola. Pictured is my statement necklace and earrings to compliment to simplicity of the black high-low dress. 

I complimented the simplicity of the dress with a bold gold and hot pink necklace, and finished the look with my Anthropologie statement earrings. For the shoe, I chose gold Schutz platforms from Revolve.

DINNER OUTFIT: black dress, statement necklaces, statements earrings, black clutch, black heels 

SATURDAY

If you use your swimsuit often (like I do), it can easily wear out and stretch, so I was in need of a new one for the trip. 

I decided to go big and bold with the one I purchased, a personalized one-piece from PRIVATE PARTY.

 My personalize suit from PRIVATE PARTY was the perfect piece for this trip

To finish the look, I added a simple striped cover-up by Rails and my Vince black sandals.

The restaurant we went to for lunch was right next to the pool, so I just threw on my cover-up and was ready to dine.

SATURDAY POOL & Lunch OUTFIT: SWIMSUIT, COVER-UP, SLIDES

Saturday dinner was all about celebrating my dad, so I chose something glitzy to feel party-ready and excited for the event. 

 My sister-in-law and I before we headed out to dinner at Byblos

My sister-in-law and I before we headed out to dinner at Byblos

SATURDAY DINNER OUTFIT: aLICE & oLIVIA MINI DRESS FROM REVOLVE, POUR LA VICTOIRE PLATFORM HEELS, BLACK STATEMENT EARRINGS

Style Tip: Mix n' match old pieces with new. While my sequin dress was a 2018 purchase, these shoes have been a staple in my wardrobe for 7+ years.

SUNDAY

It was time to say goodbye to the weekend, but not without a delicious brunch from Stiltsville Fish Bar. 

For this look, I went super casual and comfortable because I knew we would be going from the restaurant straight to the airport. 

SUNDAY BRUNCH/PLANE OUTFIT: TOPSHOP WHITE JEAN SHORTS, GOLD HOOPS, RAILS STRIPED BUTTON DOWN, VINCE BLACK FLATS

Now I would love to know! What pieces do you love to pack for a weekend getaway? Leave me a comment below and tell me. I would love to hear from you!

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