T H I S P A S T W E E K I had the opportunity to take a small vacation to Charleston, SC. It was exciting to get away for a change and see a new city! Of course, the real challenge was packing!
See below for what I took with me to the Holy City.
I was only traveling for a few days so I wanted to pack light, which really isn’t a skill I have 😂. So as you can see above, I packed a little more than I probably had to.
The weather in late February in Charleston was a lot warmer than my local Philadelphia area weather. The temps ranged from mid 50s to mid 60s. So while I wasn’t wearing flirty skirts or dresses, I was still able to walk around with jut my jean jacket and no snow in sight—it was pure bliss!
With those temperatures in mind as well as all the things I had planned to do, I decided on packing comfortable pieces that could be layered.
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I packed skinny black jeggings from Target & wore my ripped skinny jeans from She Is Boutique on the plane ride down. For another option, I also packed this adorable maxi dress I found at Marshall’s a few days before my trip [here it is listed on poshmark & similar 1, 2, 3]. This maxi dress fit so well with my height I had to grab it! If you’re taller, I believe this dress isn’t a true maxi length as I believe it would probably fall more like a midi length for you.
For tops, I picked light weight items that I could layer over. I wore down one of my camisoles that I picked up from one of Nordstrom’s sales and layered it with my sweater from American Eagle. I brought with me two black camisoles (similar: 1, 2) , my new lavender off the shoulder top from Francesca’s that I’m super excited to wear this Spring, a light-weight tan long-sleeve top with tortoiseshell buttons that I also picked up from Francesca’s, and a patterned button-down top that I found at Marshall’s. It’s two sizes too big, but I love the top!
Let’s talk outerwear! Usually, Charleston doesn’t really inspire outerwear, but since I went in the middle of winter there was still a slight chill in the air. I brought with me my jean jacket I picked up last year from Target’s Universal Thread line & my cardigan sweater from American Eagle. In case of rain, I also brought down a light-weight waterproof jacket from the brand Colombia.
Shoes, shoes, shoes. Here lies where I can get into real packing trouble! 😂 I knew that I was going to be doing a lock of walking and had read that the streets & sidewalks weren’t traditionally paved. With these thoughts in mind, I packed my pink slide sneakers from She Is Boutique [similar 1, 2], my chunky heeled booties from the Pink Lily Boutique and then a pair of walkable heels (just in case) that I bought years ago from Kohl’s [similar 1, 2].
After spending a few days in Charleston, I definitely ended up agreeing with a lot of other bloggers in terms of wardrobe selection for the city. You’re better off packing for layering opportunities! While it’s not always slightly cold like it was for me, there’s still times when the breeze from the water might cause a chill. So having the option to layer and un-layer is a must for when you travel within Charleston. I also agree that comfortable clothing and shoes is a must for all the walking & sightseeing you’ll be doing, but also for all the food you’ll end up sampling there! Any outfit that gives a little room at the waist will definitely go a long way in making your days more enjoyable 😉
I hope you enjoyed this quick look into what I packed for Charleston! Stayed tune for my my guide to the city with must eats, must sees, & must dos!
CourtneyMarch 3, 2019 at 12:57 AM
Love that dress and bralette ! I can’t wait to see more about your trip!
Packing is always a struggle girl, but you definitely nailed it
NicoleLynnMarch 3, 2019 at 4:13 PM
Thanks so much Courtney!!