The Santa Barbara weather is gorgeous but sometimes it takes a little more thought when wondering what to pack as the temps are a bit cooler in the mornings and evenings. Today, sharing a roundup of what to wear in Santa Barbara when visiting wineries, shopping in Montecito, dinner outfits, and more.
What to Wear in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Packing List
White Trouser Shorts Outfit | Grab Coffee and Explore the Museums
A white trouser shorts outfit is an excellent choice for exploring Santa Barbara. It’s perfect for grabbing coffee and visiting the city’s amazing museums, like the Museum of Natural History, Contemporary Art Museum, and the County Courthouse with its beautiful architecture. This chic outfit will keep you feeling comfortable and looking stylish throughout your Santa Barbara adventures.
White Maxi Dress | Take a Stroll on The Promenade
A white maxi dress is the perfect choice for strolling along Santa Barbara’s new State Street promenade. You can explore pop-up shops, enjoy dining on the streets, and visit quirky museums in style and comfort. Whether you’re grabbing a cocktail at night or shopping at the Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning, this dress will keep you feeling comfortable and looking chic for any occasion. Don’t forget to add a chic tote bag to carry all of your essentials.
Blue Linen Shift Dress | Wine Tasting on the Urban Wine Trail
Explore Santa Barbara’s urban wine trail in style and comfort with a blue linen shift dress. From Summerland to Goleta, there are around 40 wineries and tasting rooms to check out for a fun wine tasting experience. You might even find an art gallery along the way! This outing is a must-do in Santa Barbara, and this linen dress paired with comfy sandals will make you feel comfortable and chic along the way. And don’t forget to bring a jacket for cooler evenings!
Floral Cut Out Maxi Dress | Dinner in Montecito
A floral maxi dress is hard to beat for a summer night out for dinner and drinks. This maxi dress adds some elements of interest though to make it stand out from your average maxi dress…the spaghetti strap on one shoulder, the way it cuts in on the sides without showing any tummy, the open back. And don’t even get me started on the floral print! With your favorite flat sandal, this look is polished and pretty.
Navy Cut Out Midi Dress | Cocktails at Miramar Hotel
When I am on the hunt for cute summer looks, a cut out midi dress like this really hits the mark. It is elegant and mature but also fun enough to still feel youthful. The piping detail around the waist with the side cut outs is to die for, and I love the high neck and sleeves. I also love the midi length with a gorgeous flat sandal like this one. And navy linen will always be the perfect summer material as it is light and breezy and perfect for a coastal getaway.
Floral Maxi Dress | Casual Dinner
I saw this floral maxi dress and just could not stop smiling. The ties on the shoulders and the way the ribbon detail continues down the dress…I mean, come on! Too cute if you ask me. I love the empire waist and how it takes me back to the days of Jane Austen. It highlights the bosom while hiding the tummy, which can be nice on vacation while eating lots of yummy food! Pair this with some cute flat sandals and your favorite sunnies and you are ready to head out for a casual evening on a patio.
White Linen Blazer + Short Set | Day at the Wineries
And back to linen! A white linen blazer + short set is the perfect polished look for summer, especially if you’re headed to the winery for the day. I love this set with a neutral ribbed tank, which has an open back and ankle strap flat sandals. It is chic yet still feels young. You can easily remove the jacket during the day as the temps rise and slip it back on for dinner.
Black Cut Out Mini Dress | Cocktail Hour
To me, this little black dress is the perfect combination of sexy and pretty while still being classy. It’s short enough, but not too short. And the cut out of this LBD shows just enough skin to be flirty and fun. I also love the puffed sleeve detail, and the long sleeves are perfect for a cool summer SB evening. It also has a all lace back which makes it the perfect LBD for cocktail hour. Add a strappy heel, and you are ready for some cocktails and dinner out.
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Casual Outfits to Pack for Santa Barbara, California
I also packed a few casual pieces. An active set, tennis dress, denim shorts, and a versatile matching set. Shop what I packed below.
Swim Outfits for Santa Barbara, California
These are a few of the swim looks, I packed as well! I was going with a bit more earth tones for this trip!
Santa Barbara Essentials
Sharing my ultimate Santa Barbara packing list essentials, including dinner outfits, wine tasting dresses, swimsuits, athleisure looks, and more.
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