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 Away medium suitcase – which is more compact than most but still a checked bag (because #beautyproducts)

Some outfit ideas for Charleston!

Brunch & shopping on King Street:

Tularosa Phyllis Dress in Yellow

Privacy Please Daffodil Mini in Blue Stripe

How freaking adorable is this dress? It’s a to-die-for Saturday in Charleston look.

Bardot Babylon Dress in Ivory

Michael Costello x REVOLVE Mishka Romper in Lilac

Are you visiting Charleston after easter and before Labor Day? Great. Then you can wear white in the South 😉

This dress is so perfect for Charleston – especially if you’re the bride on your bachelorette party wondering what to wear!

MAJORELLE Abigail Mini Dress in Blue PlaidNBD Paradisco Mini Dress in Cream Yellow

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.

MAJORELLE Daniella Dress in Baby Blue

How gorgeous is this baby blue dress? So southern, classic, and feminine. Love it!

MAJORELLE Talan Dress in Blue PlaidTularosa Janine Dress in Blush Pink

The most adorable Charleston print and the cutest dusty rose color! These are both perfect for summer in Charleston.

Lovers + Friends Lucy Maxi Dress in Powder Blue

 

 

 

L*SPACE Summer Days Backpack in NaturalZognsi Round Straw Beach Bag Summer mini Vintage Handmade Crossbody Bag Circle Rattan bag Small Bohemian Shoulder bag for women (Khaki 2)

I love this little rattan backpack or crossbody! So cute for Spring and Summer. A VERY Charleston style.

Dinner, drinks & girl’s night out: 

Lovers + Friends Ivy Dress in Bouquet FloralSam Edelman Neesa Heel in Oatmeal Suede

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.

Tularosa Denise Jumpsuit in Salmon8 Other Reasons Hella Hoop Earring in Gold

I’m alllll about this jumpsuit! Especially if you’re in Charleston for a bachelorette party and getting all glammed up for a night on the town.

 

Tularosa Huntington Dress in Mint GreenClare V. Foldover Calf Hair Clutch in Leopard

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.

Privacy Please Ellen Mini Dress in Rust Dot8 Other Reasons Venice Earcuff Earring in Gold

This dress is so cute for a day-to-night look in Charleston! I love the red polka dots! & I love the pairing of simple, chic earrings like these ones.

superdown Catalina Ruffle Tube Mini Dress in Hot PinkImage result for sheila fajl brushed champagne\

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.

MISA Los Angeles X REVOLVE Micaela Dress in Orchid

Amanda Uprichard Arabella Bodysuit in Pompei PinkAGOLDE Nico High Rise Slim Fit in Blurred

How gorgeous is this silk bodysuit? I’m all about it with high-waisted white jeans and wedges for a perfect Charleston look.

Amanda Uprichard Cal Top in BruleeVanessa Mooney The Valleta Earrings in Gold

Paired with jeans and gold hoops, I love this outfit for simple-and-fun meets Charleston elegance.

 

The best weekenders & travel bags:

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.

Shop The Catalina Deluxe

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!

 

Check out my other posts!

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

Restaurant Recommendations in Charleston : The best places to brunch & eat dinner in Charleston

 

 

 

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