Packing Light for Travel

VERSATILE FASHION: PACKING SMART FOR YOUR TRAVELS

Packing for any trip can be a pain, but packing light is a straight up problem when you’re a fashion lover. When you’re restricted to a small duffel or carry-on roller bag, bringing an assortment of shoes for every occasion is definitely out of the question — and don’t even get us started on the wardrobe editing that must go down. The key to remaining stylish and keeping luggage light (or at least under 50 lbs.) is to pack smart. Bring only tops, bottoms and one-piece outfits (like a jumpsuit or a dress) that you can mix and match effortlessly and accessories that can go from day to night. It’s a lot easier than you think and we’ve put together a list of ten essentials to bring along next time you travel. Solid Jersey Dress Whether you’re soaring miles above or racing down the highway, a jersey dress is a great outfit option while traveling. The bunny soft fabric will keep you super comfortable, and have people thinking you stepped off the runway at fashion week, not the airport. Stick to a basic dress that comes in a neutral or easy-to-match earth tones. You can dress it up for a fancy dinner with layered necklaces and a jacket or wear it over your bikini when you’re lounging on the sand. Jersey trapeze dress, $15; Forever21.com Jeans Chances are denim is your go-to item at home, so why wouldn’t it be on your vacation? Pack your favorite, most comfortable pair — it’s a no brainer! A skinny leg cut is always a great option — they go with every top and can be easily dressed up with heels. A darker wash is guaranteed to give you a sophisticated look every time. Dr. Denim Plenty mid-rise super-skinny jeans, $65; Urbanoutfitters.com Shorts If your headed somewhere warm, packing a pair of shorts is always a good idea — if not swap them out for a pair of cool joggers. Take into account what type of activities you’ll be participating in. Do you need something soft and airy? Stick to linen or rayon. Need something more structured that you can dress up? Then cotton shorts might be your best bet. Vero Moda pleated shorts, $40; Asos.com Maxi Skirt The maxi skirt is a perfect packing pick (say that 10 times in a row!) because it can be easily look casual or totally polish — and they’re just so darn comfortable. Tuck your blouse in it, tie your t-shirt over it or throw your sweater on. Either way, add some accessories and you’ve got three killer outfits in one. Topshop maxi skirt, $38; Topshop.com Plain White Tee You already know how we feel about the plain white tee, so it’s no surprise that we’re deeming this one a total must. Your white tee can go with any of the bottoms you bring and even serve as a PJ in case of an emergency. Choose one that’s on the loose side so you can get creative with tying and tucking — this will give the illusion that it’s a different shirt every time! Forever 21 tee, $12; Forever21.com This is your chance to throw in a little color to your travel wardrobe. Pick a bright silky top that can be worn with all of your bottoms. Avoid too much detailing or an intricate design. Remember, the idea is to make the outfit stand out as a whole, not just the individual pieces.Lush tank, $30;Nordstrom.com This is your chance to throw in a little color to your travel wardrobe. Pick a bright silky top that can be worn with all of your bottoms. Avoid too much detailing or an intricate design. Remember, the idea is to make the outfit stand out as a whole, not just the individual pieces.Lush tank, $30;Nordstrom.com

Packing for any trip can be a pain, but packing light is a straight up problem when you’re a fashion lover. When you’re restricted to a small duffel or carry-on roller bag, bringing an assortment of shoes for every occasion is definitely out of the question — and don’t even get us started on the wardrobe editing that must go down. The key to remaining stylish and keeping luggage light (or at least under 50 lbs.) is to pack smart. Bring only tops, bottoms and one-piece outfits (like a jumpsuit or a dress) that you can mix and match effortlessly and accessories that can go from day to night. It’s a lot easier than you think and we’ve put together a list of ten essentials to bring along next time you travel.

Solid Jersey Dress
Whether you’re soaring miles above or racing down the highway, a jersey dress is a great outfit option while traveling. The bunny soft fabric will keep you super comfortable, and have people thinking you stepped off the runway at fashion week, not the airport. Stick to a basic dress that comes in a neutral or easy-to-match earth tones. You can dress it up for a fancy dinner with layered necklaces and a jacket or wear it over your bikini when you’re lounging on the sand. Jersey trapeze dress, $15; Forever21.com

Jeans
Chances are denim is your go-to item at home, so why wouldn’t it be on your vacation? Pack your favorite, most comfortable pair — it’s a no brainer! A skinny leg cut is always a great option — they go with every top and can be easily dressed up with heels. A darker wash is guaranteed to give you a sophisticated look every time. Dr. Denim Plenty mid-rise super-skinny jeans, $65; Urbanoutfitters.com

Shorts
If your headed somewhere warm, packing a pair of shorts is always a good idea — if not swap them out for a pair of cool joggers. Take into account what type of activities you’ll be participating in. Do you need something soft and airy? Stick to linen or rayon. Need something more structured that you can dress up? Then cotton shorts might be your best bet. Vero Moda pleated shorts, $40; Asos.com

Maxi Skirt
The maxi skirt is a perfect packing pick (say that 10 times in a row!) because it can be easily look casual or totally polish — and they’re just so darn comfortable. Tuck your blouse in it, tie your t-shirt over it or throw your sweater on. Either way, add some accessories and you’ve got three killer outfits in one. Topshop maxi skirt, $38; Topshop.com

Plain White Tee
You already know how we feel about the plain white tee, so it’s no surprise that we’re deeming this one a total must. Your white tee can go with any of the bottoms you bring and even serve as a PJ in case of an emergency. Choose one that’s on the loose side so you can get creative with tying and tucking — this will give the illusion that it’s a different shirt every time! Forever 21 tee, $12; Forever21.com

This is your chance to throw in a little color to your travel wardrobe. Pick a bright silky top that can be worn with all of your bottoms. Avoid too much detailing or an intricate design. Remember, the idea is to make the outfit stand out as a whole, not just the individual pieces.Lush tank, $30;Nordstrom.com
This is your chance to throw in a little color to your travel wardrobe. Pick a bright silky top that can be worn with all of your bottoms. Avoid too much detailing or an intricate design. Remember, the idea is to make the outfit stand out as a whole, not just the individual pieces.Lush tank, $30;Nordstrom.com