If you’re anything like me, a vacation often calls for a couple wardrobe updates; perhaps some new clothing or a couple new accessories. But then when I get to packing I always want to take more with me than I can actually fit in a suitcase. And at the same time I’m always mentally trying to challenge myself to pack as little as possible and still have a variety of objects. Figuring out exactly what to pack can be tricky and it certainly depends on where you’re vacationing. The key is to create a capsule wardrobe, which will enable you to look amazing without taking your whole closet. Need help packing for your vacation?
Here are some simple vacation packing tips:
Dress for the weather and location
The weather should be your number one concern when it comes to putting your vacation wardrobe together. Make sure you look up the temperature when you’re selecting staple items. Is it going to be hot and humid all the time? Is rain forecast? Is it cool in the evenings? If you’re going on a beach vacation, it’s wise to stick to pieces that are really easy to wear and to choose materials that are light and cool like linen and cotton. Opt for midi skirts, maxi dresses, shorts and jumpsuits and take a couple of shirts or cardigans you can throw on to keep you warm at night.
As well as taking the weather into consideration, it’s a good idea to think about where you are going and what you’re going to be doing on your travels. If you have fancy nights out or lavish dinners planned, you’ll need smart attire. If you’re going to be chilling by the pool most of the time, you don’t need to pack gowns and stilettos. If you are spending the time in the countryside that also calls for more comfortable, movable clothing than if you are doing a city-centered vacation.
Mix up key items
When you’re building a vacation capsule wardrobe, the goal is to take a few key pieces and mix and match them to create a series of different looks. For a warm weather vacation, it’s a great idea to pack a couple of plain t-shirts and tank tops, which can be worn with culottes, shorts, and skirts. Pack a couple of midi skirts, maxi dresses and a pair of cigarette pants, which can be dressed up or down. You can add a blouse and heels for a night out or keep things casual with a simple t-shirt and sandals.
For instance, for my 22-day trip to the East Coast in June I packed only 6 bottoms – a short black skirt, a long black skirt, a pair of jeans, a denim skirt, a pair of denim shorts and a pair of black pants. Every single top I took could be worn with every single bottom – giving me more than enough variety to wear a different outfit every day, no matter where I was headed, and not need to repeat a look.
Once you’ve got your staples, you can use accessories like jewelry, bags, sunglasses, and shoes to create varied looks. A scarf can make a staple outfit look totally different from one day to the next. Take a look at jewelry designs on sites like THE ICONIC for outfit inspiration. You can use necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to bring basics to life and set the tone of an outfit. A chic ring and delicate earrings will be the perfect match for stylish pants and a blouse while bangles and mismatched earrings are an ideal pairing for a low-key jersey maxi dress. Swap sandals for wedges in the evening and go from a beach bag, satchel or backpack during the day to a clutch or tote for a night out on the town.
If you’re going on vacation, and you’re eager to look chic without packing every item of clothing you own, start working on your capsule wardrobe now. Bear the weather in mind, and think about the kind of vacay you’ve booked. Invest in staple pieces and basics you can mix and match and bring your outfits to life with accessories.