Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to properly pack for a vacation

I have been an overpacker for most of my life, starting at age 8 when I’d bring ten sundresses on a 3-day weekend to Disneyworld. It hasn’t been until the last few years, that I’ve gotten a handle on my own packing behavior. To be honest, it’s MUCH easier to manage someone else’s vacation wardrobe than it is  your own. I recently had to pack for Hawaii (where I am right now so follow me on Instagram for tons of sunburnt selfies and tropical drink porn) and wanted to practice what I preach when it came to the contents of my suitcase.

Here are a few cardinal rules I’ve come to live by when packing for a warm-weather vacation:

Only bring multi-functional pieces.

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Your clothing should earn its spot in your bag by working in more than one way. For example, my roomy chambray button-down can be taken from poolside bar to fancy dinner in no time. It’s even great as a swimsuit coverup.

Jewelry and fancy sandals are tropical lifesavers.

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Fierce earrings and a cool sandal can transform your daytime dress (and even shorts and tank) to perfectly awesome evening attire. Baubles and fancy sandals (I’m partial to metallic) are miracle workers for dressing up at night.

Don’t use this time to experiment with new styles you don’t normally wear.

I used to be very guilty of this. I would use vacation as an excuse to pack all the clothes I owned but never wore, thinking it would be the perfect environment to try something daring. But nine times out of ten, you’re not going to feel comfortable wearing that piece anyway, no matter where you are. Stick to styles and silhouettes you know, like, and are comfortable with.

And if you need more vacay guidance, check out my tips on how to find the perfect swimsuit and coverup.

 

Spring blazer alternatives for those who don’t want structure all year round

Anyone who has worked with me, seen me, or browsed my blog knows I have a pre-occupation with blazers. If I had to choose one item of clothing to wear for the rest of my life, it would be a blazer, and maybe a bra. In fact, I love them so much, when I have a fancy schmancy occasion coming up, I rarely shop for a new dress. Instead I splurge on a dynamite blazer. That said, we all know the benefits (structure! camouflage!) the blazer provides. But I often get asked how to do a blazer when the weather warms up, and you don’t feel like wearing a fitted, structured piece. You can definitely go the linen and lightweight fabric route, but another way to think about it is in terms of spring silhouettes. Looser, more fluid pieces can achieve the layering brilliance of a blazer but with a slightly more laid-back / warm-weather ready twist.

Zara oversized women's blazer

 

I freaking love this Zara loose, oversized blazer for spring. It goes against every grain of my being to advocate on behalf of something with such little structure, BUT this gem manages to maintain a polished look. You could even do it over a fitted dress for warm-weather cocktails.

eileen fisher silk jacket

 

This Eileen Fisher silk jacket is also a really cool blazer alternative. It’s made from a cotton and silk blend, and the addition of the pointed hem in front is genius. It uses angles to create the illusion of structure.

Vince lightweight twill blazer

I wanted to include one more typical blazer, and this Vince lightweight twill captures a preppy feel while being totally chill and easy.

Joie silk bomber jacketFrench connection black petal bomber jacket

Last but not least, there’s the bomber. I was on the fence about this of-the-moment piece until, well, last night when I bought one. The silk bombers are actually quite beautiful and airy. A nice, fresh shape if you need a break from lapels. I’m loving the Joie mint one and French Connection’s petal bomber (which is the one I took home).

And for all things layered, follow my boards on Pinterest. It’s one of the few social media platforms I actually look forward to using.