Welcome to Who What Wear Travels, a new series where our fashion-insider lens meets the world of travel. I’m kicking things off with a feature on the coolest destinations the style set is heading to this year and everything from the most Pinterest-worthy hotels and the hot spots they’re dining at to, of course, the must-pack resort trends you’ll be seeing all over your timeline.
Summer is always high time for a getaway, but this year, it feels like everyone is booking vacations left and right. As such, my travel bucket list is long, and my wanderlust has never been so potent. Sure, I’m not exactly a travel savant or food critic, but I do study the fashion-person lifestyle like it’s my job (well, it basically is), so I’m low-key an expert on where they’re going, staying, and dining right now.
Naturally, traveling also happens to be the perfect opportunity to add some fresh pieces to your wardrobe, which is why I’ve cherry-picked the most exciting resort trends that are basically begging to be packed in your suitcase. Couple those with the best-reviewed travel accessories and the editor-loved beauty buys that you’re about to discover here, and after devouring this report, you’ll be ready for your most unforgettable getaway yet.
Since 2022 began, it seems like every one of my coolest friends from L.A. and NYC is being pulled here. I managed to visit this spring, and I can say with certainty that the hype is very real. From the food scene, which is bursting with exciting Michelin-star restaurants like Pujol to the incredible art scene and the colorful architecture, Mexico City is a must-visit destination for anyone with even a single creative bone in their body.
From a style perspective, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing and discovering emerging fashion designers, and Mexico City provides a gold mine of untapped creatives who showcase distinct craftsmanship, style, and personality. Audette and Blobb are my favorite indie designers emerging from the city’s fashion scene.
Over the past few summers, it seems like every fashion person in my feed has visited Puglia. The “heel” of Italy’s boot is set along a rugged coastline with stunning cliffside views of the Adriatic. It’s dotted with charming small towns and has remained an area largely untouched by international tourism—until recent years. Just last month, Gucci hosted its Cruise 2022 show at Castel del Monte in the region and brought with it a throng of its fashion-insider attendees.
Outdoorsy types are booking trips to Iceland en masse, and unlike a beachside destination, the country has plenty to offer year-round, from hiking to spotting the northern lights. Our editor in chief, Kat Collings, told me that visiting the famed Blue Lagoon was the number one highlight of her trip. “The popular tourist activity is no secret, but rather than doing general admission, you can book a spa day pass at the Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon for a quarter of the price of staying at the hotel,” she divulged. “They have a large, private section of the lagoon with a swim-up bar, steam rooms, cold plunges, and all the spa amenities and services. It was a highlight of my travel life.”
Rather than a specific shade, I’m seeing the saturated-color trend in a rainbow of colors—each worn from head to toe for the biggest possible impact. When packing for a sun-filled trip, there’s nothing more serotonin inducing than filling your suitcase with bold pops of color.
Designers clearly had their minds on holiday for their spring/summer 2022 collections, as the runways held a heavy rotation of swimwear and beachwear primed for a getaway. Brands like Paco Rabanne and Jacquemus infused vibrant, vacation-ready prints into their dresses and matching sets.
My take on the viral coastal-grandma aesthetic is a trend I’m naming coastal granddaughter. The same clean and relaxed vibe still applies (imagine any Diane Keaton scene from Nancy Meyers’s Something’s Gotta Give), but there’s a more youthful twist, no beachside property required. It hinges on a few great summer staples, including white linen trousers, a woven tote, and a breezy button-down shirt, as well as skin-baring elements like an open-back dress or cutout top.
If you drive a few hours south from Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find yourself at Cuixmala. It’s part resort, part nature reserve, and a complete escape. Originally built as a residence for French British financier Sir James Goldsmith in the ’80s, the property runs along five kilometers of the Pacific Ocean coastline and features a biodynamic farm, three different private beaches, and, yes, wild zebras. Revolve hosted a summer getaway here in 2019, and I’ve been drooling over the checkered pool and dramatic stucco staircase ever since.
At this point, you can’t really call yourself an A-lister if you haven’t been to Amangiri (and posted a photo dump of your stay). The serene property is built into the desert on 600 acres in Southern Utah, and while the stunning brutalist architecture that blends into the surroundings tends to be the main draw, the luxury resort also boasts plenty of adventures such as hiking in the neighboring national parks, rock climbing, and boating on Lake Powell.
Courtesy of Le Sirenuse
Set up on a cliff overlooking Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse is one of the most iconic hotels in all of Italy. It opened its doors in 1951 and has since remained a fixture of the region and, naturally, a magnet for the world’s most glamorous crowd. Its bougainvillea-framed archways and sweeping Mediterranean vistas are the stuff of destination wedding dreams, and I’ll probably never stop adding imagery from every inch of the place to my Pinterest boards.
As any well-seasoned traveler knows, the right accessories can be the difference between smooth sailing and a stress-inducing experience. Luckily, our team of editors is always jetting off on a vacation or press trip, so we’ve personally vetted a number of roller suitcases, carry-on bags, packing cubes, neck pillows, and every other random-but-necessary buy that has transformed our travels.
Let’s start out with the basics. I’ve been a loyal fan of my Away Bigger Carry-On and will recommend the sturdy-but-lightweight luggage to anyone who will listen. If you’re in the market for a great carry-on tote, editor Eliza Huber told me that she now only travels with her Vee Collective Tote Bag. “I love that it’s padded, so my things, especially my laptop and iPad, feel protected,” she noted. “The straps are also padded, so you don’t have to worry about them digging into your shoulder during your travels.”
As for those less glamorous but crucial buys, this viral Amazon neck pillow comes highly recommended. “This TikTok convinced me I need to buy this for my upcoming summer travel,” Collings explained. “I’ve only ever used traditional donut-type pillows, but I was sold the second the girl said she got great sleep on a flight with it, better than ever before.”
Senior editor Allyson Payer told me she can’t remember the last time she took a trip without her Tumi Voyageur Madina Cosmetics Case. “The vanity case holds everything you need and is very convenient, as you can hang it on a hook in the bathroom to free up more counter space, which is usually very limited in hotels,” she noted.
WWW editors could write several more stories about the best beauty products for traveling, and we have (see here, here, and here). But when it comes down to it, there are a handful of holy-grail beauty buys that you’ll always find our editors packing whether they’re headed across town or across the globe. In general, senior beauty editor Erin Jahns insists on opting for solid products like Glossier’s sleek solid fragrance or Bite’s toothpaste tablets whenever possible to avoid a sticky, gloopy mess inside your suitcase.
“I’m lazy AF when it comes to packing,” Jahns told me. “But I also freak out at the thought of having to sacrifice my skincare routine in the name of travel. I like to exfoliate a few times a week to keep my skin as glowy and smooth as possible and was turned on to these magical, mess-free, easy-to-pack peel pads by a facialist a few years ago. There are lots of similar products out there, but trust me—these are the ones to keep on hand.”
For associate beauty editor Katie Berohn, Lumify eye drops are a traveling nonnegotiable. “They work nearly instantly to turn tired, red eyes completely white. I honestly feel like I can get off a red-eye flight and look like I got eight hours of sleep,” she said. Talk about a game changer. Skincare tends to be the trickiest to pack since you can never really re-create the multi-step routine you have going on at home. “I used to always know that I was going to deal with skincare woes every time I traveled,” associate fashion editor Sierra Mayhew commiserated. “That all changed when I started traveling with this routine from U Beauty. My skin has never looked more glowy after a trip than when I follow these easy steps.”
Although it opened in early 2020, American Bar feels like it’s a storied bistro that could have been around for decades. Inspired by private members-only clubs in Europe, the minds behind this West Village spot wanted to create a restaurant that “exudes clubbiness without exclusivity,” and that’s exactly the feeling you get while sipping one of its incredible martinis while overlooking Greenwich Avenue.
And it didn’t take long for the restaurant to earn a reputation as a fashion-person destination. You can even find a menu item dedicated to social media personality Serena Kerrigan: If you order the Chopped Salad “SFK style,” it comes with a Negroni. It also happens to be a favorite for WWW team outings. Come for the legendary cocktails, but stay for the menu classics like steak and caesar salad, plus the famed sundae from Sunset Tower.
If it’s your first time visiting Mexico City, a meal at Contramar is required. The seafood-focused restaurant is situated in the charming Roma neighborhood and is best experienced during the day when the airy dining room turns into one big daytime happy hour filled with the city’s most stylish visitors, who flock here from all over to sip white wine and dine on the restaurant’s famous tuna tostadas and whole fish dressed in red and green sauce. Finish off your meal with the fig tart and a stroll through nearby Parque México in Condesa, and you’ll have yourself a properly indulgent afternoon. Thank me later.
Flora Farms isn’t just a restaurant—it’s a full-blown destination. The farm-to-table concept is situated on a 25-acre working organic farm just north of San Jose del Cabo (and about 40 minutes from Cabo San Lucas). It’s not only a place to experience great food, but it’s also the spot to take cooking classes, pick up groceries, relax at the spa, and do some shopping. And before you ask, it’s a celeb hot spot, too. Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine notably held their wedding here, and it counts Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner as patrons, who came for dinner during their most recent stay at the tip of the Mexico peninsula.
Next up: 7 Micro-Trends That Will Rule Summer 2022