Traveling light with exactly the right pieces makes any trip extremely enjoyable. No one likes lugging heavy bags through the airport, and having a carry-on makes traveling so much easier. It will also speed up the process and get you to your gate quicker if you didn’t get to the airport with the grace period that you really needed.
Here are the perfect items to pack for spring/summer for most trips. You can modify the pieces from casual to dressy depending on if the trip is for business or pleasure. Regardless of where you are going pick pieces that are interchangeable and of course comfortable. No more worry about what to pack.
This first outfit features the American Apparel Cotton Ottoman Rib Jacket. This one piece has some serious versatility, and comes in eight different colors. I love that it has 3/4 sleeves with a unique cut unlike the usual blazer or denim jacket. This is the perfect jacket on travel day to keep you warm at the airport pared with your neutral tee and lightweight slacks. Whether you wear heels or flats on travel day is up to you. It would also work well over a black dress, with shorts and tee, or as shown here with a button up, skirt, and ballet flats.
I know that it’s almost summer time and bright colors are so in this season. Yet to travel without a black dress would leave you option-less for that unexpected more than casual attire evening outing. During the spring and summer you can get away with more casual fabric choices unless it’s a black tie event.
A simple short or maxi black dress, can as you know, be dressed up with heels or booties, dressed down with flats or sandals, whatever you need at the time. Layer this dress belted with a button-up shirt and wear with oxfords. Don’t forget how that statement necklace you packed can bring this simple number to life. The options are endless. The black dress featured here is the Pique’ Dolman Sleeve Dress also from American Apparel with 3/4 sleeves. It has a comfortable loose fit that can worn relaxed or belted for a versatility which is so important when traveling.
A tailored white button-up blouse has more versatility than a t-shirt any day. You can dress it up with the right jewelry, skirt, and heels, or make it casual as featured here with bright slim-fit pants in this outfit from Zara. This would be a chic travel day outfit, perfectly worn at that cute cafe, sightseeing most likely in flats, or for a casual dinner in heels.
This casual look could not be cuter and more comfortable! I love layering pieces to give clothing dimension, as well as options depending on the weather or even indoor air conditioning. This look is from Nau with the “Flaxible Short” made with organic cotton. I’m also kind of crazy about the “Decypher Jacket” in this look made with a blend of recycled poly and organic cotton. These same pieces translate at the beach minus a few layers, sailing on the yacht with flats, and of course sightseeing.
With so many neutrals packed, an amazing printed swimsuit brings excitement to those basics. Finding that beloved swimsuit can be a challenge in itself. Finding an eco-friendly chic suit can seem like an impossible mission until now. I nearly lost it when I discovered Jungle Gurl swimwear designed by Natalie Golonka. These suits are created with vintage materials, and I want one right now!
Pair a chic printed suit with the perfect cover-up or extra dress option like this Organic Cotton African Party Dress by Global Girlfriend.
What you carry your goods in can make all the difference. If you truly are packing light, then a duffle weekend bag is perfect. I love light weight carry-on bags as they are much easier to get around especially at the airport. Here I’m showing the “Fluent Traveler” by Nau in dark earth.
If you are like me and pack mainly neutrals, having a serious pop of color with your handbag brings life to every outfit. I thought this Recycled Color Burst Tote by Global Girlfriends was both chic and festive. It also looked like it would pack easily.
Sometimes preparing for a trip can be stressful, but deciding what to pack shouldn’t be. Choosing pieces that can function in multiple ways, and fit almost any occasion are key. A color palette that makes all of those perfect pieces interchangeable makes this effortless. I prefer to travel with mainly neutral colored clothing because people are less likely to notice me wearing a neutral piece over and over versus one that is brightly colored or with a bold pattern.
Layering provides dimension and many options. Your fabric choices are very important. If you are going on a business trip a silk camisole is a much better option than a cotton tank. If you are on your way to Hawaii or any island, you probably won’t need to pack heels as the dress code is much more relaxed. Pick base layers that are easily hand washable and dry fast. I can tell now it really is time for a vacation. I have no idea where I’m going or when, but I’m getting excited!
(Images by 1. Zara, 2. 3. & 4. American Apparel, 5. & 6. Zara, 7. Nau, 8. & 9. Jungle Gurl, 10. Global Girlfriend, 11. Nau, & 12. Global Girlfriend)