WHAT’S IN MY BAG:
Jackets: Veronica Beard BLAZER // ASOS leather JACKET
Dress: Illia suede wrap DRESS
Sweaters: Bishop & Young hi-lo SWEATER // Neiman Marcus stripe PONCHO // Ralph Lauren sleeveless turtleneck (SIMILAR) // Vince loose-fit SWEATER
Skirt: Silence + Noise midi SKIRT
Pants: J.Crew wide-leg trouser (SIMILAR) // Zara flare JEANS // Rag & Bone LEGGING JEAN
Tops: J.Crew LONG SLEEVE TEE // Topshop striped SHIRT // H&M camisole (SIMILAR) // Rag & Bone tank — BLACK + GREY
Shoes + Accessories: Chloe SHOULDER BAG // Celine TOTE // Fairchild-Baldwin NECKLACE // Vince CHELSEA BOOT // Miu Miu SUNGLASSES // Vince PUMP // Golden Goose SNEAKERS
Yes, it’s that time of year again!
Holiday travel is rapidly approaching and airlines are not doing us any favors with their overbooked flights, insane baggage fees and limited overhead space. My fingers are crossed that Mother Nature cooperates with this year’s itinerary and we have smooth travel days both coming AND going!
You just never know…
As far as packing for our 6-day NYC getaway, the good news is that my FALL/WINTER 2015 CAPSULE WARDROBE is in effect making packing pretty effortless! The bad news is that winter clothes by nature are just bulkier and take up more space no matter how light you pack. To make matters trickier, long holiday weekends call for both casual AND dressier outfit options.
No worries, though. I’ve totally got your back here!
I’ve put together a travel wardrobe that can easily take you through 5-7 days and nights. Just like my seasonal capsule, you’ll see a lot of my favorite looks and trends of the season make their appearance — ponchos, suede, oversized turtlenecks, wide leg pants, monochromatic… you know, all the good stuff!
Here are just 6 looks that I put together for you using my suitcase contents:
While the colors and textures I’ve selected may not necessarily be your jam, use this packing list as a general guide to help put together your own concise travel wardrobe. Just keep the following style tips in mind as you go along:
• Pick a color palette and stick to it.
If you’re working with a capsule wardrobe, the hard work is already done for you. If not, just pick one neutral (grey, black, tan, brown, etc.) and one bright (red, pink, yellow, blue, etc.) and work around those 2 colors. This strategy will keep you from overpacking and will ensure that no matter what you pull out of your bag, it will all work together.
• Pick pieces that can multitask.
I really discourage packing specific complete outfits for specific days — plans change, weather interferes and sometimes you just don’t feel like wearing what you planned. Chances are, if you pack this way, you’ll be organized but you’ll end up bringing a lot more stuff with you than my method. Instead, I recommend selected multitasking items in your decided color palette and mix and match as you go. You’ll find you’ll have a ton more options and those multitasking pieces really work wonders when it comes to switching a look up!
For example, take that KNIT SKIRT I included. It’s suitable for day with flat CHELSEA BOOTS, an OVERSIZED TURTLENECK SWEATER and tights. Yet throw on the skirt with a GREY TANK, MOTO JACKET and HEELS and it’s instantly a sharp night out look.
• Limit your footwear.
As a shoe lover, sometimes this rule is a tough style pill to swallow. Shoes are heavy and take up a lot of space in a bag. For a trip that is 5-7 days, I recommend packing no more than 3 shoe options. One for travel — preferably an easy on/off option, one for dressier occasions — like a pump and a casual and comfortable option — like a sneaker. Again, the color palette rule applies to your shoes.
• Travel in your bulkiest pieces.
The key to a good TRAVEL OUTFIT is layers, but you probably know that already. As you layer, think about the bulk and weight of the items you need to place in your bag. Jeans, blazer, chunky knits, boots… all of those items not only make a really practical (and cute!) travel outfit, but they also can weigh your carry on bag down. Check out LOOK #1 above to see what I mean! By wearing those pieces onto the plane, you’re going to save a ton of packing space in your bags and look great doing it.