Traveling in style need not necessarily mean that you have to lug around tons of luggage and pack your whole wardrobe for a vacation. Travel style can be versatile and customized to your preference, only if you can decide on a few solid pieces of clothing or essential accessories to build your look on.
Over-packing accessories can prove to be a waste of time with most of them just languishing at the bottom of the suitcase without ever being worn. Long holidays, especially the ones where you will be covering several cities or even climate zones, can prove to be really hard to pack for.
A social media feed filled with drool-worthy and professional-looking photographs puts you under even more pressure to feel and look your best. If you are planning on a long vacation and are fretting about what to pack, check out our tips for you.
1) Pack Your Favorite Statement Piece
It may be a statement neckpiece, earrings, handbag, scarf or coat. Picking your favorite statement piece will save you the labor of packing multiple accessories and what-if-I-need-it stuff.
A lovely coat will help you stay chic in cold climes. All that you need to carry along will be thermals to layer underneath for warmth. You can also carry a wrap that will keep you comfortable and warm, should the nights become too chilly.
A cold-shoulder lace dress, shirt-dress, ruffled top or even a sheer long skirt can add a touch of glamor to your summer dressing. Lace is in this season and a statement piece in lace can make dressing up for warmer climates fairly simple. Lace can soften bold and solid elements in your outfit and give off feminine vibes. There are several ways in which you can style lace, so do make sure that you carry a versatile piece with you.
2) Little Black Dress and Little Black Jumpsuit
A classic, beautiful little black dress in silk or soft georgette can see you through several evenings. Instead of black you can also go for one in your favorite color. Wrap dresses are also great for both their figure-flattering silhouettes as well as for being really versatile. Slip on a button-down top and you get a new look.
A maxi dress is another travel favorite and is a perfect choice for conservative cultures.
Just like LBDs, fashion bloggers are also increasingly favoring the LBJ, the little black jumpsuit. Here again any solid color will work just fine, if you are not a big fan of black. You can dress it up with jewelry and classy heels, or you can wear it for daytime sightseeing and it will work just fine. Also, as you very well know jumpsuits can double down as trousers with virtually no effort, other than slipping on a turtle neck sweater.
3) Be Sneaker Ready
The athleisure look is favored by celebs and the trend is in no hurry to go away anytime soon. Ensure you pack a comfortable, cool and stylish pair of sneakers. Pairing sneakers with a crochet skirt or a denim shirt-dress can give you Instagram-worthy vacation photos with little effort.
Retro sneakers are trending and you can see classic styles being offered by virtually every brand. The timeless West-Coast look is in so pack a pair that will make you look uber cool.
Activewear is travel-friendly because the outfits dry easily and can effortlessly take you from a hiking trip to a night out in town. Sexy cutout crop tops paired with leggings look great and can very well get you a lot of attention. Crops with longer sleeves and higher necklines offer you comfort and style, and can be worn in countries where conservative dressing is preferred. Color blocked leggings are also trending as far as sport luxe is concerned. They take up very little space in your bag, so ensure that you add them to your list of packing essentials.
Sports caps, numbered jerseys and sporty bomber jackets are also options you can consider.
4) Shop Smart with Accessories
If you really love having the bling on, then you may not enjoy having to restrict yourself to a couple of statement pieces.
Inexpensive jewelry can be your answer to looking great while on a holiday. You can also shop locally and enjoy dressing like the locals. Most popular tourist spots have local specialties that the region is famous for. Marrakesh in Morocco, Jaipur in India, Venice and Capri in Italy, Switzerland, Jerusalem in Israel, St.Maarten in Caribbean, and Bangkok in Thailand are a few examples that offer myriad choices as far as accessory shopping goes. They range from Murano glass masterpieces in Italy, Swiss watches in Switzerland and heavy silver neckpieces in Jaipur to diamonds and gems in the Caribbean.
So check online and zero in on the places where you would love to drop some money picking up fancy jewelry.
Also, remember that you should ideally not overspend on accessories, unless you are on a luxurious shopping trip. Smaller shops and roadside vendors offer great deals on unique accessories that you can flaunt after going back home as well.
When you know that your suitcase is packed with wonderful, versatile, stylish and trendy outfits and accessories, you will be able to begin your vacation on a perfect note. So plan well in advance and curate your packing list with stuff that you will enjoy wearing while you explore the world.
What’s your top packing tip to travel in style and comfort?
This is a guest post by Swara Segal.
Swara Segal is travel & lifestyle writer & blogger by profession. She is a travel geek who loves to travel and visit beautiful and adventurous places worldwide. Also, she is immersed in the lifestyle and fashion industry who stay updated with the latest trends. In her free time, she loves to cook for family & friends and enjoy photographing nature on her cam. Follow her on Twitter @SwaraSegal.