Must-Have Vacation Outfits for Summer

We’ve got vacay on the mind – and with ’fits like this it’s difficult to think of anything else! New summer outfits keep your look fresh and bright for all your upcoming road trips and friend-cations, so check out our fave vacation outfits below! 

a girl in a pink tub top and pink pants standing with a guy in a blue button up shirt and white jeans

Summer Dresses

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With dresses like this, you’ll be best dressed everywhere you go this summer! Vacation dresses add a soft ‘n’ sweet vibe to your look, and are the easiest outfit to pack. Choose a sundress with all the right deets (we’re loving mini dresses with halter tops and fun ruched hems), and in that on-trend color or print you’ve been eyeing up, and you’re set.

Throw on a denim jacket or oversized Go Big shirt when temps drop for a tropical vacation look that gives “I’m that girl” energy. Complete the ’fit with sneakers and a baseball cap for your on-the-move days, or with strappy sandals and a sun hat for a classic brunch look. 

Graphic Tees & Parachute Pants

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Vacations are all about trying something new, so pack the latest trending styles in colors made for summer celebrations. Start with lightweight parachute pants in bright pink, green, or blue, then play up the relaxed vibes by wearing them with an oversized graphic tee.

Add a bucket hat or headband and you’ve got a vacay ’fit made for weekend vibes, girls’ nights out, or date nights in.

Summer Sweatshirts & Mom Shorts

a girl standing outside wearing a yellow graphic sweatshirt and white Mom shorts from American Eagle

From cool mornings to bonfire nights, oversized lightweight sweatshirts keep you comfy in our softest fleece with that just-right relaxed fit. Go for a sweatshirt with your fave summer graphics, then wear it with denim Mom shorts in a light wash for a casual vacation outfit that works for every hang. 

Round out your laid-back look with goes-everywhere sneakers, and don’t forget to pack sunglasses, too!

Graphic T-Shirts & Jogger Shorts

guy sitting outside wearing an American Eagle graphic tee and jogger shorts

Warm days and clear skies call for the best road trip combo ever – graphic tees and jogger shorts. Cross “great style” off your summer bucket list by wearing band tees or vintage graphic tees with AE 24/7 Trekker jogger shorts. They’re made any adventure with an interior phone pocket, breathable fabric, and drawstring waist for a just-right fit. Plus, AE 24/7 Trekker shorts are fade-resistant in chlorine and salt water, making them an easy go-to when you need to hop in and out of the water.

Need a “nice dinner with the fam” outfit? Swap out jogger shorts for khaki or cargo shorts and layer a button-up shirt over your graphic tee.

Tank Tops & Swim Shorts

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Keep your beach vacation packing list short and sweet by bringing swim shorts designed to dry fast, feel good, and easily transition from the beach to the boardwalk. Choose 5.5” swim trunks for an on-trend, above the knee style, a 7” swim short for a “just right” fit, or the 9” board short for a classic longer length.

Pick a print you love like floral, striped, or tropical, then complete the vacay look with a tank top and bucket hat.

Super Soft T-Shirts & Jeans

guy sitting outside on sand wearing a blue tshirt, blue jeans, and brown sandals from American Eagle

Your next vacay ’fit starts with a Super Soft t-shirt made from breathable cotton that’s perfect for summer days. Add light-wash jeans in your go-to fit (we recommend Athletic, Slim, or Bootcut), and you’re set with a vacation outfit that’s simply jean-ious AND ready for whatever your next trip brings. 

Keep the summer vibes going by rolling your shirt sleeves and completing the look with sandals and sunglasses.

Must-Have Summer Accessories

a blue blanket in grass with sunglasses, bags, sandals, and hats from American Eagle on top

Create endless summer vibes by completing every vacation outfit with new accessories! Essentials like sunglasses, sandals, bags, and hats go a longggggg way to round out your look in on-trend colors and prints. 

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