What to Pack for Your California Holiday

What to Pack for Your California Holiday

Our SS19 collection has got us all California dreamin’ about a trip to the Golden Coast – but what to wear? Inspired by some of Cali’s top spots for a day out, we’ve put together a list of what to pack for your California holiday (even if it’s still only in the dreaming stage).


Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as we whiz past golden beaches and down palm tree lined avenues – freedom has never tasted so sweet!

California’s Pacific Coast Highway runs along the entire state, that’s over 650 miles of breath-taking ocean views, swooping seabirds and sunsets the colour of tangerines. Since the road is pretty much one straight line, you won’t need a map, but our flattering Faye Skirt in the very relevant Golden State print will take you there in style.


A day out at the park calls for a fabulous summer dress, but this isn’t just any park (and it’s not just any dress). San Diego’s Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre myriad of attractions; from museums to art venues and the famous San Diego Zoo.

Our Jasmine Dress in Playful Parrots is equally versatile, its demure crew neckline and feminine semi-full skirt the perfect shape to glide between the flowerbeds of the botanical gardens, while the fun parrot print pays homage to the hundreds of colourful birds vying for a spot on the best-dressed list.


Of course, no dream trip to California is complete without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. The one-mile suspension bridge is not only the longest of its kind in the world but it’s so recognisable, it only takes a second to spot it in one of the countless movies it’s starred in.

The capped raglan sleeves and full skirt of the Claudia Dress make it a gorgeous choice for starring in your very own holiday romance, against a backdrop of those iconic towering red arches on bright blue skies.


Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Broad Museum is no doubt one of the coolest options for a day out, so if you’re planning on visiting, you’ll need an equally trend-setting outfit.

Wander the endless halls of contemporary art in our White Palm Tee and Red Stripe Isla skirt, stopping to gaze at the surrealism of Picasso and the pop-art of Lichtenstein. Not only will you look the part of an art connoisseur, but the 100% cotton fabric offers the comfort required to check out all your favourite exhibitions – just add flats.


Talking of art, you can’t get more creative than the eccentric designs of Salvation Mountain, one of the key inspirations for our dreamy Paintbox Valley print.

Explore the concepts of art, love and spirituality at this incredible art installation set in the California desert, then apply some of the colourful vision to your outfit choices.

The playful button-through design and shawl collar of the Hailey Dress is perfect, adding a dash of your own personality to the mix and getting you ready for a fun and imaginative afternoon out.

So, you’ve got the destination and wardrobe decided, now all you need to pack is your passport and shades!

Which outfit choice is your favourite? Come tell us on social media @emilyandfin.