HOMEWARD BOUND — This suitcase includes the Classic Beauty Dress, New School Cardigan, Stripe the Good Stripe Top, The Art of Knots Coat, Pretty Pleats Skirt, In the Marketplace Skirt, Nocturnal Daybreak Jeans, Delightfully Warm Tights in Oatmeal, Onwards and Upwards Boot, Well-to-do Shoe, Dually Knotted Bag, Fall in Glove in Grey, Velvet Touch Headband, We’ll Always Have Paris Magnets, and the Dress for Dinner Cardigan.
With all of the excitement surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s no wonder that so many are overwhelmed by the perils of packing when faced with a suitcase, a closetful of clothes, and a week’s worth of vacation. Fear not, intrepid vacationers! With this brief guide, we’ll share our fashion tips for making the most of a carry-on.
IT’S IN THE BAG: When it comes to luggage, choose wisely. We recommend a carry-on with wheels, especially if traveling by plane. One that allows for a little bit of give is less likely to get banged up, cracked, or worse, not be able to accommodate last-minute purchases while on vacay.
MIX AND MATCH: Space is in short supply, so every garment counts. Three tops and three bottoms are excellent for placing in a multitude of permutations. For example, a girly cardigan can double as a sweet sweater on its own when fully buttoned over a tank, or provide extra warmth when worn partially buttoned with a variety of ensembles. Sticking to a basic color palette—in this case, black, white, and red—simplifies concerns about clashing, while using basic wardrobe staples such as skinny jeans, or a basic black skirt with a twist, acknowledges changes in climate, level of casualness, and fluctuating temperatures. It’s also likely that limiting your wardrobe will challenge your sartorial creativity—and that’s always a good thing!
Don’t forget about jewelry, belts, and headwear. Accessories are excellent, compact tools for enhancing an outfit!
THAT ONE FROCK: Yes, it’s about space, but there’s also probably going to be a special occasion for which you’ll want a fancy frock. One semi-formal, or cocktail, dress, is bound to serve you well at a fine dinner, a symphony with your folks, or wine and cheese with your childhood friends. You can also have it do double duty and dress it down (see the ModStylists’ tips on going from day to night).
SHOES: We recommend two pairs for space-saving reasons: elegant flats for general wear, and boots on your feet while traveling in case of intrepid weather. Can’t live without your high heels? Make room in your purse, borrow some from a friend or family member, or, if you’re going to a sunny locale for holiday, forgo the boots.
We hope that these tips have helped lessen any packing anxiety that may have been plaguing you—and that you have a fabulous vacation! What minimalist packing tips do you have for us?