Packing for a Weekend in Charleston : The Ultimate Jetset Packing List
I’m packing for Charleston in a week and I’m so excited! Going to school in the South (at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), I’ve been to Charleston more times than I can count – and it continues to be one of my absolute favorite places in the world. It’s also one of my favorite places to pack for in the world. I mean, how can you beat balmy Southern nights and warm coastal breezes? Charleston is in a league of its own when it comes to fashion and style, and packing as a newcomer coming to Charleston (or the South) for the first time can be intimidating! Which is why I’m here.
Let’s break it down by a Charleston packing list, and then some outfit inspo (with shopping links!) to get you ready for your trip.
What do people wear in Charleston?
The Charleston style is conservative, feminine, and classic. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun at the same time. The shopping in Charleston is some of the best you’ll find anywhere (go to Skinny Dip on King Street, grab a glass of frose upstairs and shop downstairs and thank me later) and that world-class style is reflected on the locals. This is the town where girls get ready for two hours before event thinking of leaving the house. A town of women who wouldn’t be caught DEAD with their hair not perfectly blown out, and who pride themselves on having the best closets in the game. Intimidated yet? Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you’re dressed to impress for your weekend in Chucktown.
Packing list for a weekend in Charleston, staying 3 nights:
Here’s what I’m packing for Charleston for 3 days: 1 plane outfit, 3 daytime outfits, 3 going out/dinner outfits, 1 workout outfit, and 3 pairs of shoes : sneakers, wedges, and sandals I can walk in. I’m also packing 2 swimsuits, sunglasses, a sunhat, and a cute tote bag. I can fit all of this easily in my suitcase – which is more compact than most but still almost always a checked bag (because #beautyproducts)
Some outfit ideas for Charleston!
Brunch & shopping on King Street:
Are you visiting Charleston after easter and before Labor Day? Great. Then you can wear white in the South 😉
I love this classic gingham print for Charleston.. and that belt is everything. So flattering! and this pale yellow is so cute for Spring in Charleston, especially if you’re going to an event like a fraternity formal.
How gorgeous is this baby blue dress? So southern, classic, and feminine. Love it!
The most adorable Charleston print and the cutest dusty rose color! These are both perfect for summer in Charleston.
Dinner, drinks & girl’s night out:
Going out to dinner in Charleston and then out? This adorable dress just screams King Street to me. I love it, and would pair it with a pair of nude wedges for the ultimate South Carolina look.
This olive green is everything.. so cute for a night out on the town. And you can’t go wrong with a touch of leopard in the South – this leopard clutch is to-die-for.
this dress is only $66 and makes for a perfect going out in Charleston outfit! And these are The South’s favorite hoops – in college, literally EVERY single girl had them. They’re still my go-to hoops.
Paired with jeans and gold hoops, I love this outfit for simple-and-fun meets Charleston elegance.
What to wear in Charleston in the Fall:
Autumn brings sunshine, blue skies, and generally temperatures that average in the 70s. It’s a great time of year to break out some fall florals, chic jewel tones, and day-to-night outfits.
and.. if you’re traveling to Charleston later in the fall when the weather starts to cool, these are some of my favorite picks
If I’m not checking a bag, my go-to weekender is the Lo & Son’s Catalina! It’s the perfect size and even has a separate bottom compartment for shoes (or dirty laundry). I love it.
The best swimsuits for the beaches of Charleston
If you’re heading to Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah, or Folly Beach, these are my picks for the cutest swimwear to pack with you!
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