Recently, my friends and I went to New York for a little vacay. NYC is a city that has a lot to offer. There are a ton of places to see, food to eat, and street style to appreciate. I could not wait to explore it with my friends, but first I had to get through the hardest part (in my opinion): packing. It’s always a struggle trying to figure out what clothes, shoes, and accessories to pack for a trip. Although I am getting better at it, I have a tendency to go overboard. I wind up packing things I do not wear, forget to pack things I do want to wear, and I end up wearing the same 2-3 pieces. I would not consider myself a master packer (yet!), but here are some packing tips and travel style advice, with outfit details, that help me avoid overpacking without compromising style points.
- Slip dresses
Want to pack a chic outfit but don’t know where to start? Start with a slip dress. They aren’t bulky and pack super easily. There are a variety of slip dresses out there, like this one from Asos. Depending on the climate of the destination you are traveling to, you can buy a long or short one and style it with or without tights. They also come in a ton of different colors. Usually, slip dresses have lace trim which elevates the overall look of an outfit from casual to chic. Slip dresses are also perfect for layering. You can wear a t-shirt or blouse underneath or style it with a bomber jacket from the Who What Wear Collection at Target.
2. Neutral Colors
Packing clothing pieces that are neutral colors will allow you to mix and match items and increase the overall number of outfits you have in your arsenal, aka suitcase. Classic neutral colors include white, black, and gray. However, muted green, like the jacket above, navy blue, and maroon can also be considered neutrals. When you pair these more colored neutrals with the classic neutrals, your outfit possibilities are endless, and you’ll turn heads as you walk down the streets of your vacay destination.
3. White Sneakers
If you have been keeping up with the latest fashion trends, then you know that sneakers are becoming increasingly popular. Sneakers are also the perfect footwear to pack when traveling since chances are that you will be doing a lot of walking. Like slip dresses, you can dress up white sneakers by pairing them with a dress, like I did here. You can also style them more casually with some jeans. There a many white kicks on the market right now, the ones I am wearing are the white Canvas Old Skool by Vans.
4. Compression Bags
Maybe you want to bring a ton of slip dresses, neutral pieces, layering options, and sneakers. Maybe you feel like you need them all and can’t bring yourself to eliminate any from your travel wardrobe. It’s ok, we have all been there. If this is you, then compression bags are your friend! By using compression bags, you will be able to save some space in your luggage for those extra pair of shoes you want to bring and fit more clothes in your suitcase. I use these compression bags from REI. Fit what you can in the bag, roll out the air, and watch the bag decrease in size. No vacuum necessary. It’s, like, magic! (Ok, more like physics. Yay physics!)