A Stylist’s Guide to Vacation Wear

by Cathy Starnes

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: Fill your suitcase with your go-to favorites and pieces that can be worn in multiple ways.

When deciding what to bring on your trip, ask yourself if you can wear an item in at least two different ways. For example, a maxi dress that can be dressed up or down, a top that can be worn solo or layered with a cardigan or a necklace that pairs well with the majority of outfits you are packing. Here are a few more versatile options worth considering.

Ask yourself if you can wear an item in at least two different ways.

Neutral Shoe

Neutral shoes in a tan, taupe or nude are the most versatile hue for travel. Most trips can be supported by only three pairs 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.

Leather Jacket

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.

Skinny Jeans

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.

Printed Blouse

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.

Light Scarf

A lightweight 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.


 
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.


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