The Ultimate Guide to Packing for Summer 2021

This week, Steve and I are headed to the Florida Keys for our seventh anniversary! Check out our adventures on Instagram if you’d like to follow along. In the meantime, I’m sharing my favorite outfits for summer travels from Poppie’s Boutique! They have storefronts in both Lebanon and Cookeville, TN, but they also have an amazing online presence that has been keeping me cute and comfortable in D.C. and wherever I’m traveling) for the last few years!

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The Dainty Dress

This sweet, blush-colored dress is just precious! I love the cut of the bodice, which is almost a halter look, and the smocking gives it a unique bit of detail. “Blush,” to me, goes from spring into summer, and then right into fall as well, so I plan to get a lot of miles out of this dress, especially as our travels pick back up over the summer! After all, who doesn’t feel pretty in pink?

Love this pretty blush-pink sundress!

The Side Split Gingham

I love how I feel in this dress! The smocking at the top is so flattering, and I’m seeing it on a lot of dresses everywhere these days. Gingham is super popular this year, too, and it makes me think of my mama because the blue-and-white color combo is her favorite! The side-split detail makes it extra special, too, but the puffed sleeves in particular make this dress seem extra romantic to me. The sleeves can also be worn off the shoulder for a little date night look!

All the Parisian picnic vibes here!

The White Sundress

This white dress in an online exclusive! It’s not available at either of their shop locations, so it’s especially for those of us who do our shopping on the couch! It’s a new favorite, and I can’t wait to dress it up or down for every occasion from now through the fall!

I love the ruffle-and-tier details, the puffed sleeves, and the pretty v-neckline. It’s also has a snap to keep it closed, which is pretty important! The smocked waistline is also flattering for almost any figure. My body looks best with a defined waistline, and this one is pretty special!

Love this classic white sun dress!

The Solid Split Dress and Kimono

This solid maxi with splits on both sides is from Poppie’s a few years ago, but it’s a favorite for me every summer! Poppie’s currently has a similar dress in black, as well as black-and-white stripe, a pinkish-mauve, a gorgeous gray-and-ivory stripe, a neutral gray, and olive green!

I love a good maxi and kimono combo!

And that kimono! I absolutely love that kimono-inspired styles continue to be hot items. If you’re new around here, you may not know that I lived and worked in Japan for a summer in college–it changed my life! So anything reminiscent of my Japanese experience gives me all the warm and happy memories.

The one in the photo above is from last summer, and I imagine they went fast, but Poppie’s still has beautiful ones in stock for this year! You can get one in tie-dye charcoal, a beautiful tie-dye orange-clay, pretty green-and-white ombre, or an ocean sunset vibe blue-and-pink ombre!

The Romper

This flowy, fun romper is exactly what I love for summer nights, whether I’m lounging at home (most of the time in the last year+), at an outdoor concert (longing for those days again), or when I just want something comfortable on the muggy summer days D.C. is famous for! I’ve been a fan of rompers for years now, and this one is a new favorite! I love the french blue and the dainty little pattern, but–whoops!–I’m pretty sure I got the last one!

Not to worry! Poppie’s has several rompers, and they often get more in stock! Check out this pretty pink-lavender belted romper, similar blue button-down romper with a more fitted look, their green ruffle-sleeve style, and this unique periwinkle eyelet romper dress! Not a fan of shorts? Check out their jumpsuits in white, green-and-floral pattern, fun green tie-dye, the hot pink bomber suit that’s on pre-order now, and romantic champagne chiffon style!

Probably going to live in this romper all summer long.

The White Jacket

If you’re heading north for your summer vacation, or if your summer is just a little slow at getting started, you’ll definitely want this jacket! It’s a little over-sized, a little distressed, and surprisingly soft as denim jackets go! I used to be afraid of white clothing in general, because life happens–but I got over it! If you’re not into white, though, you can get one in pinky-purple grape, a fun denim-and-white star print, an edgy distressed denim, and even solid black!

A casual white jean jacket goes with just about anything!


Every outfit needs the right shoes, right? I love a sweet pair of white sandals, and these white Espadrilles are too pretty! They also come in cognac (an essential shoe color, in my personal opinion!), and black as well.

Photo courtesy of the Poppie’s Boutique website.

Not into sandals for long days of walking on your travels? No worries! Poppie’s shoe selection includes white sneakers, hipster high-tops, neutral heels for all occasions, fun cheetah print sneakers, and more!


You want to know my secret packing weapon? It’s not clothes… it’s accessories! The right pair of statement earrings can completely change the look of an outfit. A layer or two of dainty necklaces can take that sundress from the beach to dinner. And the best hair scarf is the one that can go from purse decoration to neck scarf to hair tie as often as you need it to do so!

Ready for my close-up!

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