It’s vacation time! A friend of mine is heading to Europe soon to relax, and asked me for advice on what to pack. Here’s how I like to prepare for a trip.
My main principles:
- Choose fabrics that you don’t need to iron
- Pack more items that take up less space
- Go for dresses and jumpsuits – they’re already a complete outfit
- I start by choosing one item that I know I definitely want to wear and build the rest of my wardrobe around it. For example, a red top I bought last week.
- After choosing my base item, I can pick a colour palette for my wardrobe. I don’t bring a lot of colours, because then I’ll have to think of too many different outfit/colour combinations. That’s not only a waste of time during packing, but during the vacation itself. This way I can spend more of my precious time making memories instead!
- After choosing my red top, I pick out some matching white and denim shorts. Shorts are easy to fold, don’t take up a lot of space, and you don’t need to iron them.
- I’ve added a white t-shirt to match my denim shorts and voila, I already have three different outfits!
- Now it’s time for shoes. White or beige sandals will match all these outfits beautifully.
- A grey knit tank dress will go perfectly with the sandals. It’s also easy and comfortable for walking around/sightseeing, and you don’t have to think about anything else to wear (again, no need for ironing!).
- One night you’ll probably want to go out on the town and have dinner in a nice restaurant. Naturally you’ll want some kind of evening wear, but the kind you’ll still be able to enjoy a nighttime stroll in. I’d bring a white or beige knee-length lace dress. Lace is less likely to wrinkle in your suitcase, and even if it does the wrinkles will be so tiny you’ll barely even notice them.
- A romper is an excellent choice for a summer holiday. It’s a great saver of space and time. I’d choose one in a light colour, in a stripe or floral print. The options are endless.
- So there you already have 6 different outfits! You can move on to your bag and other accessories. I’d pick a white bag, as it matches my sandals and all my outfits.
- Next a red hat as a pop of colour to match my day to day outfits.
- I stick to small jewelry such as dainty necklaces with pretty little pendants, and dangle earrings. Three different pairs is sufficient.
- Don’t forget a light jacket or bomber in white (to match the rest of your outfits) in case it gets cold. A denim jacket is an excellent alternative. It will also come in handy if you visit a place that requires you to cover your shoulders.
- Finally the last step – choosing your travel outfits for the first and last days of your trip. The days that you’ll be spending in transit – in a car, train, and/or airport. Your clothes need to be comfortable. Choose comfortable pants in a dark colour with an elastic waistband (jeans usually get too tight around the waist and you’ll be wanting to undo the button), a white t-shirt (that’s already in your list), sneakers (that will also match your daily travel outfits), and a jacket since most public places can get cold.
Now my suitcase and I are ready for new adventures!
Stylist /Writer : Alisa Spektor