The phrase “I don’t know what to pack!” is almost as bad as staring in your closet and saying “I don’t have anything to wear!” Travel can be exciting but it’s also pressure to choose and commit to outfits which can cause one to over pack (hello, checked baggage weight limit). After years of traveling for work, I have honed in on the art of packing lightly while maintaining flexibility.
The key to success is separates. Pack staples that can be worn on repeat, like a pair of jeans and a structured tote (to fit those books and snacks for the flights) and create multiple outfits by mixing and matching tops and accessories. Here’s how to choose those versatile pieces.
[ The Goods: J. Crew Top (similar here and here) / Blank Denim / Zara Leather Jacket / Madewell Shoes / Kate Spade Handbag / Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar here)]
Choose neutrals with pattern and texture like a checked shirt, spotted flats, and black leather. Black, white, and grays go with more things while pattern can give an outfit more character. If absolutely must have color, then choose other pieces in the same color family. Next, add a “statement” piece to your packing list to give you travel outfits some pizzazz. Now statement doesn’t mean it has to be fancy, its purpose is to provide contrast with the rest of your outfit. This could be a cobalt blue cardigan or a large cuff bracelet (or both!).
[The Goods: Equipment Top / Target Cardigan (similar here) / BP. Nordstrom Shoes / Super Sunglasses / Leigh Elena Bracelet]
Lastly, choose footwear wisely. I can’t tell you how many times I think I can make it in a wedge or a bootie and end up regretting it. Flats are a must and as a bonus, they are light and easy to pack. Choose a pattern like leopard, remember it’s a neutral, to keep it interesting. Every woman should own a pair of leopard flats!
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