Top + Skirt: H&M (recent), Sandals: Dolce Vita via Zappos, Necklace: Anthropologie

A few weeks back I went on a wonderful Jamaican vacation with three of my closest girl friends from college. We stayed at the Riu Palace in Negril and absolutely loved sitting by the beach, sipping drinks, and eating buffet lunches and dinners for five glorious days. It was the best way to relax at the beginning of summer. For dinners we wanted to dress up from our standard bikini wear throughout the day, and so I packed a lot of light, breezy layers.

This black skirt from H&M was one of their “fantastic finds” at $4.99 and has gotten so much wear out of my closet. It is a thicker knit with a more modest length and elasticated waist. I practically lived in this skirt in Jamaica and it has lasted me two full summers now. The downside of the skirt is that because it is a stretchy knit it clings to almost everything, and the elastic at the top also tends to dig into my sides just a tad. To fix this issue I typically pair this skirt with flowy tops that hide the pinching at the top and make the outfit more modest.

This H&M top was also an amazing find. At $17.99 it satisfied my need for mint in my wardrobe and the near-sheer back gives it a fun twist. My only complaint about this top is that there is a bit of gaping at the chest (always an issue for me), and the buttons have some loose threading. But at that price you get what you pay for.

I dressed up the outfit with this fun piece from Anthropologie. It was a bit of a splurge for me but has gotten a ton of wear. The colors are fun and vibrant and Anthro jewelry is always made really well, so I know it will be a piece that lasts.

Readers – what do you pack to wear on summer beach vacations?