Travel Style: 9 Tips to Look Great on the Go
by Emily Cholakian
Traveling with style and packing light are true talents. What are the essentials? Which shoes do you take? How do you layer effectively? These are all questions we come across when packing for a weekend getaway. Your travel style can reflect your everyday wear with the help of a few key pieces you mix, match and layer. Here are the 9 guidelines for what every girl needs to pack in her suitcase this summer, plus tips to help you mix it up so you don’t have to repeat the same look twice!
Neutral Prints and Colors
Before you start throwing things in your suitcase, create a color palette. Neutrals are your best bet, so stick to blacks, whites, navies and nudes. Add a fun polka dot or classic stripe for prints. I love the way Aimee from Song of Style paired her neutrals with a timeless black-and-white striped tee.
Cotton, silk, chiffon and linen are basic summer fabrics. They take up little room in your bag and lightweight chiffon dresses like this one on Blair from Atlantic-Pacific are perfect for summer days! I like to fold my pieces vertically, then roll them. This age-old trick saves tons of room.
If there is one item you need when traveling, it’s the maxi dress. Wear it with sandals and over your bikini during the day, or pair it with a lightweight jacket like Nany of Nany’s Klozet. For evening, pile on the jewels and strap on some wedges.
This is a no-brainer: Bathing suits are a must for summer vacations, but since they are the tiniest items in your closet, feel free to pack two or three different suits. Mixing and matching tops and bottoms adds a personal touch to your poolside look, like this colorful combination put together by Shea of Peace Love Shea.
The matching set is not only trendy but also very functional; both pieces can be worn together or separately. I would suggest going with a jacket-and-short set. The jacket can be worn over the maxi dress, and the shorts can be worn by the water. When you put them together, like Chriselle of The Chriselle Factor, you achieve a casual but chic day look.
Every woman should pack a skirt when going out of town. The skater style can be worn from a daytime adventure to nighttime drinks. Avoid pencil skirts because they can look too corporate. The flared skirt on Ann of Haute Pink Pretty is nothing short of fun and fabulous.
Tanks and Tees
Pack tanks and tees in abundance. No need to explain here—just make sure you have a wide range from casual to upscale tops, so you have the option to dress up or down like Laura from Fashion Landscape!
Shoes take up the most room and should be packed accordingly. Wear your sky-high wedges and pack away your sandals and flats. Nude or black, like these sandals on Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland, is the perfect color choice for all three styles.
Lastly, take a cue from Karla of Karla’s Closet and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. We suggest taking a mini bag just for your accessories. A statement necklace takes a maxi dress from day to night. An arm full of colorful bangles instantly adds dimension. Accessories will help you re-imagine every look.