I just returned from a week in Boston visiting my bestie, Kathy. When I left Las Vegas it was 108 degrees but in Boston the high was hovering around 72 degrees. I couldn’t check my bag because we had tickets to a ball game shortly after I landed, so I needed to make my week’s worth of clothes fit into a rollaboard. Has anybody else had this style dilemma? Thankfully, I’m used to traveling for a living so I thought I would share my Style Savvy tips for packing with you. Questions? Call 702-596-2815 or text or email me. But for now......
First things first. Is your trip business or pleasure? Dressy or casual? Mine was casual but I needed one evening ensemble and one business outfit. I like to stick with one color palette to make accessories easier to choose, so I planned on black, grey and white for tops, shoes and jackets. Just like when I do a Style Savvy closet makeover, I start with bottoms. Since jeans can be worn several times and don’t wrinkle, I planned on 2 pairs-one light wash skinny pair and the other a darker, flared style. With the jeans go my comfortable white platform kicks to add a punch of “now” that I can walk in. Because it was going to be cool outside ( for a Las Vegan, anyway!) I pack in layers. Short sleeved Ts, long sleeved Ts and tops, and a jacket that goes over both. But back to bottoms. My favorite pair of black Giorgio Armani pants work as the foundation for both business and dressier wear, so in they go. Now for tops!
T shirts, whether logo or plain, don’t take up much room so I always take a white short sleeved T and a white button down shirt, a black wrap blouse and a black long sleeved T and both a long and short sleeved grey T. The white and grey tops look best with the dark washed jeans and the black shirts compliment the light washed pair. The black wrap blouse goes well with my black Armani pants for a monochromatic look for evening and the white button down creates a business look that could be worn out to dinner with additional jewelry and heels.
A long leopard print cardigan pairs with all my choices, while a white unstructured blazer adds a business or dressy flare but can also go with jeans. To keep things from getting bland, I throw in several printed scarves and fun necklaces. Since I’m taking my white sneaks, pumps are a valuable addition for either day or evening outfits and I also pack my strappy silver summer sandals ( how’s that for alliteration !) for my black pants or my jeans. An LBD that transitions from work to play and that’s it for clothes and shoes!!
I always travel in black track pants because they look relaxed but polished with my white platform sneakers. I also favor long sleeved black Ts with those because they’re great camouflage for travel stains and planes can be chilly. Rather than pack my white blazer, I throw it over my travel outfit and presto, an ensemble!
I like to take two bags with me, one being the citrus orange Coach tote for all my travel needs ( and your liquids for going through security!). The other is my favorite red Stella McCartney Falabella bag with its silver chains, which adds flair to my color palette.
I pack a baseball cap in case of a bad hair day ( my hair is only three inches long but has a mind of its own!) and two pairs of sunglasses. Throw in your pjs, underwear (stick with nude; it goes under everything) and socks. For Boston, I carry a thin white rain jacket. You’re packed!
All of this fits very easily into a standard sized roll aboard. It even leaves enough room to toss in an extra T shirt or blouse (maybe red?) to spice things up and so that there’s no need to do laundry. But that’s the basics! Easy, right?
At home or on the road, I prefer to start with classic pieces and trend them up with less expensive ones. An “It” bag or the latest jewelry craze takes an ensemble to a very “today” look. Layers keep you comfortable in differing weather. A crisp color palette gives you versatility. But always remember, “trend” is today but “style” is forever!