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Travel With Style

summer-suitcaseYou’ve planned your trip, bought your tickets, reserved you hotel. Now what to pack! With today’s luggage restrictions, packing has almost become a science.  How much can you squeeze into one bag and how can you be sure you’ve brought the right thing? Plus, even when you’re on vacation, it’s a good idea to dress nicely as a tourist. An attractive, stylish outfit makes you feel good and makes a great impression on the people you meet!

Most travel/style experts recommend a “capsule wardrobe”. Select 10-12 items of clothing that are durable, easy to wash and quick-drying, lend themselves well to a variety of different settings, and can be easily mixed and matched.

Depending on how much space you have, check out these stylish “packing” tips

When you have only one carry-on

  • 1-2 dark (black, navy, dark brown) pair of pants that would be acceptable for informal occasions as well as a night out on the town (not jeans unless they are dark wash).
  • Yoga/sweat pants
  • Long sleeved single colour top (quality T-shirt or v-neck) you can wear on its own or under something else
  • Short sleeved or sleeveless T-shirt
  • A fitted jacket (long, or short). Leather is a great option because it works as casual as well as formal
  • Great (colourful) scarf (or tie) to dress up the T-shirt if needed
  • An extra pair of shoes (always). Select something comfortable but better than sneakers, e.g. ballet flats/ankle boots for women; loafers/ankle boots for men
  • A great, simple piece of jewelry (watch, pair of earrings, silver chain necklace)
  • Collared shirt (for men) in a wrinkle-resistant fabric
  • Chose quality cotton, Marino wool, cashmere or cashmere/silk mix that looks good and doesn’t wrinkle!
  • Stick to a single colour palette for basics (black, taupe, navy, etc.) and neutral tops. Add colour with your jacket, a scarf, tie, bright bag or  jewelry.

When you have extra space

  • Add an extra pair of pants
  • Simple black dress and dark tights for women
  • Wide cashmere wrap for women, handy for going out or if it gets cold
  • V-neck sweater to wear with or without a T-shirt underneath
  • Vest

And just before you go, remember

  • Check the weather a couple days ahead so you can make some last minute adjustments
  • If you plan to shop when you’re away, remember to leave space in your bag
  • Consider getting a manicure before you go. You’ll feel more put together
  • Don’t stress too much about packing. Depending on where you are going, you usually can buy that extra t-shirt that you find you need. Some of the best wardrobe items were purchased as “emergencies”!