With spring breaks and summer trips on the horizon, don’t let the stress of packing keep you from enjoying your time away. With a little organization and thoughtfulness up front, you can enjoy your vacation in stress-free style. When packing for a trip, think about versatility, wear-ability and familiarity. Travel is not the time to try new pieces, wear overly complicated outfits or pull out your special statement items.
Neutral shoes in a tan, taupe or nude are the most versatile hue for travel. Most trips can be supported by only three pair of shoes (including the ones you wear on your travel day); for example, a flat sandal, a low wedge and a high heel or a sneaker, a ballet flat and a heeled bootie, depending on the nature of your trip.
Skinny or straight leg jeans are versatile because they can be worn with any type of shoe, from a flat sandal to a bootie to a high heel. They can also be dressed down with a cozy sweater and sneakers for your travel day or dressed up with a blouse and heels for dinner out.
A lightweight leather jacket can be worn both with jeans and a tee or a dress. Paired with a sweater and scarf, it can be warm enough to get you on the plane out of colder weather and once you’ve arrived somewhere warmer, you can toss it over your shoulders with a dress on a cooler evening.
A blouse in a print or pop of color is a great travel piece as you can pair it with jeans and flats, shorts and sandals or tucked into a skirt with a heel. You can add a statement necklace or scarf or keep it simple with minimal accessories.
A light-weight scarf is an essential travel accessory. Pack it in your carry-on as an extra layer for cold airports, use it as an accessory to change up a look while you’re away and even wear it as a sarong poolside.
Always pack for fewer days than you’ll be away, especially if you’ll have access to a washer and dryer. Plan to re-wear outfits a couple of times on your trip; for example, plan to wear the same outfit on both travel days at the front and back ends of your trip and re-wear at least one to three outfits while you’re away, depending on the length of your trip. You can plan to re-wear exact outfits or mix and match the versatile pieces you’ve thoughtfully packed in your suitcase.
It takes a bit more effort up front to put together the puzzle of a trip wardrobe that can be mixed and matched and worn in different ways, but you’ll be traveling lighter and once you’re away, you won’t have to give a second thought to what to wear or worry about unexpected weather or events. Now, sit back and enjoy your well-deserved vacation.
Cathy Starnes is a personal stylist and the owner of new retail concept, Iris Boutique, which offers unique women’s accessories with a side of personal styling.