Even though I won’t be traveling soon, many of you will be and have asked for tips. So today, I’m sharing all my favorite packing tips or, for that matter, buying a wardrobe that works for you.
Try on all outfits before packing to ensure you bring complete looks. Include quality pieces that don’t readily wrinkle and go with each other, allowing mixing and matching.
Don’t forget accessories! Squinting in the sun is never a good look, so wear your sunglasses. Linear earrings flatter a round face. A crossbody bag worn in the front on your hip is an excellent option for travel and hands-free shopping. Belts complete your look and bring the proportions into balance, even if you wear them over your jacket or top.
Three different styles of shoes will likely be enough. If your trip will include lots of sightseeing, walking, and shopping, take your most comfortable shoes. If you will be going to plays and out to dinner often, take a pretty pair of flats or heels if you enjoy wearing them.
Mr. Mickey uses the same tips for building a wardrobe or packing for a trip.
We were on our way to a Saturday afternoon lunch date at The Peppermill in Abingdon, VA, when we took these photos for you.
Don’t forget your socks!
Nothing I’m wearing in these photos is new; in fact, the jacket is at least eight years old. (A similar jacket/blazer is here.) You will find similar items at Banana Republic, Gap, Dillards, and Nordstrom.
Neutral colors and classic silhouettes present endless versatility. Black, white, or neutral shades go with everything and each other. Simple, classic shapes without embellishment will serve you well.
What I pack depends on the climate and what my visit will entail. Check the weather five days before leaving and continue to check until the day you depart for the trip. The weather may cause you to change your choices. For example, grab a trench coat for your carry-on if a summer week is turning to rain. Cotton or linen pieces will be cooler for warmer or humid weather. Cashmere, wool, and denim will be better in winter weather.
A seasonless, timeless wardrobe with seasonal pieces layered on is most versatile. The tee I wear in these photos is tissue-thin, smooth cotton, perfect for a first layer under a cardigan or v-neck sweater. The jacket is light enough to wear over a cami in warmer weather.
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