How To Pack Light And Look Fashionable

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I am a big believer in packing light. So much so that I have not checked a bag when flying in over a decade. With all of the ingenious, space-saving carry-on bags and packing cubes, you can easily pack a week’s worth of clothing and accessories in a carry-on.

And traveling itself can be a hassle, what with TSA and jetlag. The last thing you want is to schlep to baggage claim and wait, zombie-like for your bag, then lug it to your final destination. Who needs that?

But we also need to look fashionable. We have so many things that simply must come with us when we’re traveling in order to achieve our standards of looking chic. There are events to attend, parties to go to, and people to look good for. So how do you meld these two worlds together – to pack light AND look fashionable?

Coordinates – Coordinates – Coordinates

Choose three colors in your wardrobe that will all coordinate with each other. That way you can pack a small of amount of clothing and actually have many outfits to choose from. Choose a color palette that fits the destination. If going to a big city, any combination of charcoals, navy, black and white will do. A beach destination deserves lighter colors. You get the idea.

Separates can include a nice pair of jeans, a button-down shirt, a blazer, a couple of comfortable yet stylish t-shirts, a skirt and a nice pair of trousers. One or two of the pieces should have pop, such as stripes or prints. Ideally, you want to wear each item two or three times during your trip.

Pack the appropriate fabric for the weather. Linens are a nice lightweight option for warmer climates. Cottons are less moisture-wicking and should be reserved for drier or colder weather. If you have a fancy evening planned, elegant maxi dresses are currently in vogue.

Shoes And Accessories

Whether you agree or not, bring only three pairs of shoes (two if you can stomach it!) A good pair of walking shoes, a dressier low boot or sandal is usually all you need. However, for those of you who just can’t do without heels, bring a pair for that special night out. Choose neutral or muted colors that will blend well with any outfit.

Err on the side of simple jewelry for the most part, but also bring a couple of pieces of costume jewelry, such as a statement cocktail ring and a pair of in-your-face earrings. Not into jewelry? How about a funky fun t-shirt or socks in fun patterns? Pack light but also show off your personality!

On the Plane

Not only can you take a carry-on with you, you can stuff your purse in a larger tote bag and be allowed on the plane with something a bit larger that you can use for quick-grabbing essentials. This can include your make-up and styling products, an extra pair of shoes, a lightweight outfit, any medications, etc. Airlines will let you take a larger tote bag (but not TOO large) and count it as a purse, since most totes will fit easily underneath the seat in front of you. The carry-on, of course, goes in the overhead bin.

If for some reason you simply cannot fit everything you’ll absolutely need in your carry-on and tote bag, dress in layers on the plane. Sort of like you are wearing two outfits at once! Get creative. No matter where you go, whether the climate is warm or cool, there is always a way to stay fashionable without lugging a heavy suitcase!

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