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! What should you wear for a trip to Charleston? I’m here to help. 

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:


Cleobella Amora Midi Dress in Coconut

 Line & Dot Jenna Top in Sky Blue

MAJORELLE Tumbleweed Dress in Baby Blue Ready to Bloom Ivory Floral Print Smocked Tiered Maxi Dress

juliet dunn Tie Dye Baby Doll Dress in Tutti Frutti

Camila Coelho Delphine Mini Dress in Yellow & White 

I looove this dress. It runs a little short (so size up) but otherwise it is PERFECT.

Bardot Cut Out Frill Dress in Lilac Cult Gaia Lani Earring in Natural 

Cleobella Osaka Romper in Neutral Muddye only $89!

Cleobella Ferris Mini Dress in Tile Print

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MISA Los Angeles Becca Dress in Casablanca Blu Shell

Poupette St Barth India Maxi Skirt in Purple Daffodil Poupette St Barth Soledad Mini Dress in Yellow Hortensia

HEMANT AND NANDITA Cleo Mini Dress in White

 LoveShackFancy Briony Dress in Free Spirit Line & Dot Jenna Top in Sky Blue


Caroline Constas Zoe Bikini Top in White & Blue Toile Stripe



It's a Perfect Pick Navy Blue Floral Print Cutout Maxi Dress


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

Bardot Babylon Dress in Ivory FAITHFULL THE BRAND Eldora Mini Dress in Bendita Floral Print

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 šŸ˜‰

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

Hat Attack Avalon Sunhat in Natural & Black


Tularosa Janine Dress in Blush Pink


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: 

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.



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.

Ranjana Khan Ostrich Feather & Burnt Crystal Earrings in Blush Pink

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.

Hansen + Gretel Zola Top in Sunshine Floral

superdown Catalina Ruffle Tube Mini Dress in Hot PinkNorma Kamali x REVOLVE Mini Tie Front NK Shirt Dress in Orchid 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.


 Amanda Uprichard Queens Top in PacificAGOLDE 90's Pinch Waist in Porcelain RAYE Gable Wedge in Natural

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

What to wear to the beach in Charleston:

 Michael Stars Farrah Caftan in White


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.  

MAJORELLE Nolita Midi Dress in Patchwork MultiNBD Elijah Jumpsuit in Emerald Green

and.. if you’re traveling to Charleston later in the fall when the weather starts to cool, these are some of my favorite picks

525 america Mock Neck Dress in Olive Melange525 america Ribbed Short Sleeve Dress in Dusty Lilac

RAYE Tati Booties in Tan Luv AJ Pave Coin Fringe Earrings in Gold

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The best weekenders & travel bags:

This is the best carry-on bag I’ve EVER had. Well worth every penny.


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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