Six pieces of travel gear perfect for your next summer trip
1. This layered look
Summer calls for a layer or two. Nights get chilly, planes and restaurants can be just plain chilly. The Binx, this V-neck cardigan from Kule, helps keep the cold away – and it’s anything but simple. The subtle vertical striped pattern on the cream cotton and rayon blend sweater brings your look to life, with eggplant, forest, cream, ice blue and navy accents. Extra stitches for easy-to-pack versatility.
$278 at Wylie Grey, Bethesda Row, 301-302-8997, www.wyliegrey.com
2. Your ticket to shine
TSA-friendly (leave it on) and full of shimmer, Dana Rebecca’s Lulu Jack Mini Bezel Bar Necklace in 14k Gold with a Row of Diamonds is an inseparable accessory that speaks volumes about the language of understated elegance. The chain is available in two sizes and the gold in three colors (yellow, pink or white), so you can make it your summer staple.
$425 at Nordstrom, Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, 301-365-4111, nordstrom.com
3. Hats off
The hot summer sun requires some personal shade. The Johnny Was Dreamer Braided Raffia Fringe Hat is a summer staple with its 5 inch wide brim. The natural rattan flop with a colorful floral accent is one size fits all, providing on-point protection and the perfect finishing touch for any summer look.
$137 at Johnny Was, Bethesda Row, 301-263-2505, johnnywas.com
4. Good to go
Preparing for the road is not an easy task. The Medium Waxed Canvas Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag from LL Bean offers classic form and contemporary functionality. Presented in a timeless navy blue, the bag is available in a range of colours. It measures 9¾ inches high, 9 inches wide, and 3½ inches deep, and includes multiple pockets, zippered compartments, and a hook for hanging. The trusty travel companion can be monogrammed for an additional charge.
$89 at LL Bean, Pike & Rose, North Bethesda, 888-660-1570, llbean.com
5. One step at a time
Summer travel calls for cool, easy footwear with day-to-night comfort and color. Allbirds, which is slated to open a store on Bethesda Row, focuses on environmentally friendly and highly comfortable footwear. The Tree Runners are available in several colors, including Mist, a subtle yet rich gray with a white sole. Allbirds, made from eco-friendly materials, have that feeling of walking on air, but with full foot and ankle support.
$105 from Allbirds, available online and at the upcoming Allbirds store in Bethesda Row, allbirds.com
6. In the bag
One of the most elusive travel accessories is the perfect bag. Too big or ill-proportioned will leave you sore and sore, while too small means some essentials are left behind. This slouchy handbag is made from vegan-certified materials and includes two strap options – one for the shoulder that makes the bag elongate at the waist, the other for crossbody – to suit the mood and at the moment. La Luna is available in khaki, ivory, black, chocolate and brown.
$78 at Anthropologie, Bethesda Row, 240-345-9413, anthropology.com