what i packed for miami beach and key west

it’s here, it’s finally here, va-ca-tion. guess who’s ready? with rain and more rain since the beginning of the year, i’m looking forward to sunshine, sandy beaches, and balmy temps. yes, junior style and i are headed to Miami Beach and Key West for a little R & R. there may or may not be a pina colada (or two) in my future. so it’s goodbye, Athens hello Miami.  here’s what to pack for a warm weather vacation.

what did i pack for a week-long getaway? the temps in Miami are hovering in the low eighties with Key West in the mid-seventies. so i kept this in mind. there will be days spent at the beach, a little walking around town, and of course dinner and drinks once the sun sets in the west. 

last week i shared a packing formula with you. two or three tops to every bottom. and i like to mix things up with shorts, skirts, and pants. versatility is key as i want my clothes to pull double-duty from day to evening. shoes are important as i like to pack one pair for walking, one pair for the evening, and one pair of sandals. since it’s a beach va-cay swimsuits, cover-up, flip-flops, and a beach bag are prioritized. but handbags, a jacket (or two), sundresses, tees, and pajamas are all coming along too. jeez, that’s a lot of packing just to get out the door.

but i’ve done the heavy lifting for you. and the packing list can be contracted or expanded depending on your suitcase size. so let’s hop to it as i have a flight to catch.

the list starts with three bottoms. green joggers (old, similar here) are a wardrobe staple, so they’re first in the suitcase. recently, i picked up an adorable pair of denim from J.Crew and Ralph Lauren. pinstripes and paint-splattered, respectively. they’re fun, cute and colorful. perfect for Miami. if there’s room in your suitcase add a pair of silk pants (old, similar here) that are perfect for parties and vacations. tropical prints are trending this year so pick a print any print. silk pants can easily be dressed up or down, and i always have at least one pair hanging in my closet.

pack for a warm weather vacation

what i packed for miami beach and key west

similar green jogger | striped denim | paint-splattered denim | similar silk pants

what i packed for miami beach and key west

black shorts | white shorts

shorts are a must-have when the temperatures are warm. i stuck to neutral colors for versatility.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

pink striped shirt (similar here and here) | denim shirt | oversized white shirt (similar here and here) | similar pink linen

linen shirts are perfect for a tropical vacation. but i added a versatile denim shirt for good measure that goes with anything and everything. the white blouse is oversized and looks fantastic paired with shorts or jeans. it can even double as a cover-up if needed. 

tees are easy to slip into a packing cube when rolled. and they take up little space. i’ve been collecting graphic tees for-ev-er as they look fantastic tucked underneath a blazer. but they look just as good when they fly solo. striped tees are a wardrobe staple as are white tees. but i’m always on the hunt for bright colored tees too. 

what i packed for miami beach and key west

similar yellow tee | similar white tee | similar graphic tee | similar striped tee | similar sleeveless graphic tee

what i packed for miami beach and key west

knit blazer | white jean jacket

don’t forget to pack a jacket or two. this knit blazer is light and airy and perfect for mild temps. and a white jean jacket goes with everything.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

sneakers | similar ballet flats | similar yellow sandals | cap toe espadrilles | similar black sandals

espadrilles or sneakers are great choices for walking around town. so take your pick. i’m definitely a sneakers girl these days. one pair of sandals, one pair of evening shoes/sandals, and ballet flats, and i think i’m covered for the week. if suitcase space is tight, you can easily whittle your list down to one pair of walking shoes and one pair of sandals.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

yellow mini ( similar here and here) | wicker handbag | tote

handbags are important accessories even when you’re on vacation. totes are the perfect choice if shopping is on your agenda. a wicker handbag can go from day to night with ease. and i couldn’t resist adding a mini handbag for evening. both the wicker and mini handbags have crossbody straps which free up both hands. i don’t know about you, but i need both hands when i’m on a coffee run. packing all three handbags is easy as the mini fits nicely into the wicker handbag, which in turn slips into the tote. but if i had to bring only one handbag, it would be the tote. didn’t i tell you that my packing list can be trimmed down? 

what i packed for miami beach and key west

 white sheath (similar here and here) | striped shirtdress (similar here and here)

for a tropical vacation pack at least one sundress that can be worn in the daytime and nighttime. if there’s room in your suitcase, add one more.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

pajama bottoms | pajama top | robe

swimsuits, hats, and cover-ups are must-have’s on a beach vacation. i like to bring along two swimsuits, which means one suit can be worn while the other one is drying. a straw hat or cute baseball cap will keep the sun off your face. but don’t forget your sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen.

this pajama set is from Neiman Marcus. it was my splurge. if you hadn’t noticed i shopped my closet for this trip with new pieces sprinkled in here and there. but i have to point out that the robe has pockets! and we all know pockets are a girl’s best friend.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

similar tankini top | similar bottom | similar one-piece | caftan | beach bag | sunglasses | panama hat | pink cap

what i packed for miami beach and key west

now onto the fun part – outfits. this white sheath dress is several years old from Rebecca Taylor (similar here). the pink tote and ballet flats (similar here) add a casual vibe. add the knit blazer switch the handbag and shoes, and you are ready to dine al fresco.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

what i packed for miami beach and key west

black shorts, striped tee (old, similar here), and sneakers are casually chic. add a wicker handbag if you’re headed to lunch. but shorts can be dressed up too and look fantastic with a cute knit blazer, white tee, and strappy sandals

what i packed for miami beach and key west

what i packed for miami beach and key west

these striped jeans are a new purchase from J.Crew. the tote is also new, but the hot pink sold out in a nano-second. there are four colors available, including a gorgeous shade of red. pink ballet flats (similar here), denim shirt, and a snazzy scarf bring this ootd together beautifully.

for a completely different look, keep the striped jeans add a graphic tee (similar here), white jean jacket, yellow sandals (similar here), and mini handbag (similar here). tres chic.

what i packed for miami beach and key west

packing list

  • three or four bottoms (shorts, skirts, and pants)
  • six to ten tops (shirts and tees)
  • two to four shoes (walking shoes and sandals)
  • one to two dresses
  • one to two blazers/jackets
  • pajamas
  • robe
  • one to three handbags (tote is a must-have)
  • one to two hats
  • one to two swimsuits
  • one cover-up
  • one beach bag
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • lip balm with sunscreen

all right, gang, it’s time to get this show on the road. follow along on Instagram Stories for behind the scenes footage. and stay tuned for future posts as to how i wore it in Miami and what to pack for a warm weather vacation more generally.




  1. Cynthia johnson wrote:

    One of your best posts. We are doing Disneyworld the first week of April and I will be referring to this list again.⚓️⚓️

    Posted 2.18.20
  2. Cathy wrote:

    I just got home from Key West. I only wore my cardigan sweater once, at night, and never got dressed up. Wore cropped pants and a tee when not in a swimsuit.
    Three restaurants we liked very much are Sarabeth’s, El Sibouney (Cuban) and Santiago’s Bodega (tapas).

    Posted 2.18.20
  3. Julie wrote:

    Loved this post. My husband and I are going to Florida in a couple of weeks so this was very helpful! Though I have a closet (or two) full of beautiful clothes, I have a difficult time putting things together. When I travel, I never seem to have the right thing. Thank you for this great post!

    Posted 2.18.20
    • Susan wrote:

      Was the piece of luggage shown a carry-on and if so, did all of the items you displayed in the pictures fit in that particular piece and a tote bag? Thank you.

      Posted 2.18.20
  4. Jo-Ann wrote:

    Beth, enjoy the warm weather!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful packing formula. And the great fun outfits are very versatile.

    Posted 2.18.20
  5. Jo-Ann wrote:

    Beth, enjoy the warm weather vaca!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful packing formula. And the great fun outfits are very versatile.

    Posted 2.18.20
  6. Cindy Woods wrote:

    Beautiful post. I’m living vicariously through you, as we face yet another gray day here in NE Ohio. And I think those paint-splatter jeans are the perfect “neon trend” addition to a wardrobe. Enjoy your vacation!!

    Posted 2.18.20
  7. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, I’m so so jealous as we have been to Florida many times and we love it. Our first visit was 2011 and have been every year since. This will be the first year we haven’t been but that’s mainly because we moved home last Sept so going back to Madeira in Sept this time. Enjoy your vacation you deserve it, the weather here in England has been an rainy as Athens from what I can tell. Have a Cocktail for me please xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 2.18.20
  8. Nancy wrote:

    I am wondering if you are going to Florida, why would you wear a heavy winter coat and scarf?

    Posted 2.18.20
    • it’s freezing in georgia and most likely will be when i return. so a coat comes along.

      Posted 2.18.20
  9. Mollie M. wrote:

    A great wardrobe layout Beth. I can see how you can you can interact the pieces.
    Have a great holiday and looking forward to pictures!

    Posted 2.18.20
  10. Angela Phillips wrote:

    Et voila! Your post arrived in time to inspire my packing on a forthcoming visit to Nice in the South of France. I was racking my brains on how to put together a stylish package et voila! Your post arrived. Being a rain soaked Brit requires a bit of planning when going to a warmer climate. Thank you for your daily inspiration to strut my stuff and not slip into the old lady mode.
    Angie xx

    Posted 2.18.20
  11. Francesca wrote:

    Fantastic post Beth,
    Just like a suitcase you got so much in it!! Wonderful ideas and advice; I will be looking at this often when I get to pack for this summer when I head to Europe.
    Thank you and have a lovely time:)

    Posted 2.18.20
  12. Marlene Zuehlsdorff wrote:

    Love your blog and look forward to it each morning!
    We’re going to
    key West in April. I’d love to hear your suggestions for places to stay. Thank you and enjoy your vacation!

    Posted 2.18.20
  13. Andrea wrote:

    Love it when you show how to shop your closet. We go to Mazatlan, Mexico every year for 3-4wks, and since the city has a vibrant cultural area plus beach and restaurants from both ends, it can be tricky packing. This year, took your tips for dressing an otd up/down and it worked fabulously. I got so many compliments from the annual winter set, and had to giggle when I noticed several were mimicking my(your) style. Women lift each other up, so I was sure to complement their choices. The airlines will love you, Beth – as do all of us, enjoy 🥂

    Posted 2.18.20
  14. Karyn Bray wrote:

    wow, I’m impressed, you put together some fabulous outfits with minimal packing….I start off that way and then keep throwing “one more” item into the suitcase and then next thing you know, I have over packed….I will take your lead……..

    Posted 2.18.20
  15. Violet L O'Brien wrote:

    Hi Beth, Enjoy a much desired warm weather vacation. You will look lovely whatever you wear.

    Posted 2.18.20
  16. Laura wrote:

    There are quite a few items that I’ve seen throughout your posts, that if I had seen them in a store, I would have judged them “too young for me”.
    You are an absolute master at incorporating said items into an outfit and making them look appropriate for women of various ages.
    I haven’t figured out this skill but I love it. And of course, this is just one of the reasons you do what you do.
    Thank you!

    Posted 2.18.20
  17. Ali Fraser wrote:

    Have a great holiday Beth. Looking forward to your photos.

    Posted 2.18.20
  18. Lisa wrote:

    Thanks for arranging all the pieces together in outfits! I couldn’t picture how everything would look without your help. I love all the outfits!
    We just spent 9 days in Naples and Fort Myers. Beautiful weather – had a wonderful time! I wore everything I packed except for a few T-shirts.
    Have a fantastic time!

    Posted 2.18.20
  19. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Have fun!! Sounds excellent. Hope you and Junior Style have a blast. Cute outfits you put together.

    Posted 2.18.20
  20. Donna wrote:

    Could you please tell me the size suitcase you used for your week trip to Florida? I have difficulty determining the correct size suitcase to use when packing. Thank you

    Posted 2.18.20
  21. Gwen Marie Ewing wrote:

    Have a great trip! Fun in the sun sounds awesome!

    Posted 2.19.20
  22. Laurel wrote:

    Thanks for this. Turns out, the day you posted this i was packing for a 5 day trip to South Beach! Serendipitous! Saw one of two things I hadn’t considered so now I am rethinking things.

    Posted 2.19.20
  23. Penny wrote:

    I am sorry but this seems over the top for a week long vacation. Bags and shoes alone would have filled your luggage. Seems over the top, although very pretty. I guess I am a minimal traveler.

    Posted 2.19.20
  24. Jeanette wrote:

    Loved this one in particular, not currently going anywhere but will consider this for future trips.
    Am looking forward to how you style up the paint splattered white denim, love, love, love them

    Posted 2.19.20
  25. Judy wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Great ideas. You always look so cool!
    I live in Naples so very SW Florida.
    My thoughts are you will most likely only wear dresses, maybe shorts, but I dont.
    I love jackets but I doubt you will need them.
    I just carry a sweater at night.
    I only wear sandals. Maybe a sneaker but not a fan of that look.
    You will NEED bug spray and suntan lotion….and grab an umbrella. Those pop up showers may hit around 3pm.
    I bring little jewelry when traveling and use a Pacsafe purse. Not so much needed here but in other places, it is great.
    Have a great time.

    Posted 2.20.20

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