Dressing for The Open Highway

Dressing for The Open Highway
If you’re planning a grounded getaway this summer, it’s time to start choosing your playlists, mapping your routes, and—of course—putting together your road-ready summer looks. From the perfect set of shades to vintage pieces and flowing elements, the American road trip is alive and well in our culture and fashion choices. No matter where you're headed, here are a few versatile staple items to consider adding to your curated wanderer's suitcase.

1. Flowy Summer Dresses

The flowy dress is a perfect way to stay cool and covered in any weather, and the stonewashed fabric of the vintage black butterfly dress offers bold style with a dash of timeless Americana. Pair yours with platform boots, subtle jewelry, shades, and a black hat for a look you'll love. Made with 95% bamboo cotton, this batch-dyed dress is moisture-wicking and naturally antibacterial for healthier skin. Aside from being comfortable for long periods of car travel, your pictures will also look divine.

2. Exposed-Shoulder Tops

The peekaboo wrap top open-back shirt is a perfect look for your fall season travels. Its lightweight blended fabric and delicately textured acid wash help balance the dramatic open-back keyhole design. Add shorts or skinny jeans and some delicate gold jewelry for an instantly classic fall look that can transition seamlessly from day to night. You can also style yours with a wide brim hat and booties for the ultimate autumn-ready wanderer look.


3. Vintage-Inspired Graphic Tees

For the ultimate in Americana-inspired pieces, the vintage graphic tee is an effortless piece that sets the tone for your day of exploring. This cool graphic muscle tee is an excellent car-to-hiking-trail item and also doubles as a cozy loungewear piece when your day is over. Its bright colors and retro vibe pairs perfectly with round sunnies, fringe, and other playful accents to make your travels all the more fun.

Last but not least, the lonely roads graphic tee captures the essence of soul wandering and deep highway thoughts. Retro cactus graphics and warm tones keep you summer-ready in the sunshine and its vintage white cotton looks particularly stunning with your summer glow. It's made with 95% modal and 5% spandex fabric, which means it's super soft to the touch with just the right amount of stretch and durability to hold its shape mile after mile.


The beauty of a well-packed capsule wardrobe is its ease and functionality. With a few quality minimalist pieces, you can mix and match your favorite items to create fresh looks that are fit for each new day's adventure. From short-distance travels to cross-country journeys, each piece in this hand-picked roundup is designed to preserve your style—and your sanity—while the endless highway rolls on by. 

If you like what you see, check out our full collection of dresses, graphic tees, and tops to find the look that suits you. You can also follow us on Instagram @peopleofleisure to peep some fresh outfit ideas and the latest additions to our collection.

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