You’ve already got a fun vacation planned for summer – perhaps somewhere that involves sightseeing, relaxing seaside as well as evenings out, that’s a lot of outfits!
Packing, especially if it’s for more than 2 weeks can be overwhelming!
Where to begin?
For today, I grabbed 2 key pieces and worked them into 14 different outfits; day or night ready. If I had the time I could make at least 6 more combinations, giving me 20 – no problem, just keep reworking the key pieces!
If you want to skip my packing tips, scroll straight down to the outfits below, otherwise – here ya go!
When I travel, I start with a simple color story – for me it’s black and white. I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but I always start with basics. I choose black knit items as they wash and dry easily, can be rolled up in the suitcase to save room and don’t really wrinkle. Black not your thing? Start with grey, charcoal, navy or taupe neutrals.
10 items you would find in my suitcase are:
- Black dress maxi/midi or knee length
- Black or black and white stripe cardigan (easy to stuff into your backpack, purse or around your waist)
- Black knit convertible maxi or midi skirt
- A denim jacket
- Black swimsuit(s)
- Tanks and tees in black and white, maybe add some stripes or graphic tees for fun
- Kimono or caftan that can double as a layer piece with white denim or black bottoms
- A packable hat
- A comfortable walking sandal in black or metallic that can go day to night
- A comfortable wedge for evening or flat dressy sandal
I would add on items from here. Perhaps a pair of white jeans or shorts. Tunics double over swimsuits and can be worn with leggings or white denim at dinner. A few casual dresses are great for day to evening, work over a swimsuit, are perfect for hot weather and take up no room in your suitcase.
Stick with a color story that works with black so you can work your basics in with everything. Perhaps throw in a scarf to keep you warm on the airplane, and can double as a cover up or wrap in the evening.
Accessories? I like a packable cute backpack or cross body bag. Add a packable hat, like the Eric Javits Fedora (Nordstrom) – I stuff my swimsuits and undergarments into the top of the hat to protect the shape. A pair of silver or gold hoops or simple studs plus a few bangles or a cuff, sunglasses and hair ties! You’ll buy stuff there so don’t pack too much!
2 key items | 14 versatile outfits
Working with 2 key items; a convertible maxi skirt and maxi dress I pulled together 14 outfits.
I added 1 black tank, 1 graphic tee, 1 black swimsuit, a stripe cardigan, a jean jacket, a packable hat and 1 set of jewelry
These 10 items would fit in a carry-on with room for toiletries. I did not count the belt, jewelry and shoes – I figure you can always wear wear those items on the plane if can’t get them in our suitcase!
Want more options? Pop in a few more tees and a couple sundresses – ones that can be easily rolled either in knit or silk , that work back to black. Want a pant? Pop in a pair of white jeans.
Drumroll…14 outfits, vacation ready, day or night!
Old Navy Maxi Dress
3 Dot Convertible Maxi Skirt
So, stop fretting and get packing! Keep it simple and you’ll be stress free, able to focus on your fabulous vacation that lies ahead!
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