On a recent girls’ trip, friends were surprised that I was able to bring so many things yet avoid checking my bag.
First, a confession. I would rather spend the $50 it costs to check a bag on a pair of shoes (no surprise there!). However, even though I usually fly Southwest (with no bag fees), I still feel the need to fit all of my belongings into the overhead bin. I’ve never had a lost bag experience to confirm this sentiment – it’s more the challenge of it that I love. It’s weird.
Below are my simple packing rules to live-by:
- Prepare in advance. I know…this is ironic coming from me (a serial procrastinator). But it has been my experience that it’s best if you have tried everything on before pulling it out of your suitcase upon arrival at your destination. Trying not only ensures that you like your outfits but that they’re put together. When trying on, you then can consider accessories and shoes. Advance preparation also gives you time to have anything cleaned or repaired before you go.
- Roll & stuff. I recently read a packing guide that suggested you keep your clothes on a hanger and neatly layer them in your suitcase. For those of us not traveling with our Louis Vuitton steamer, I would instead recommend that you first neatly fold and then roll your clothes into bundles that can easily stack in your suitcase. You would be amazed at just how much space this can save. Likewise, stuff any shoes or handbags with smaller items like undergarments, socks, and/or sports bras.
- Start with your footwear. Shoes are usually the crux of your packing strategy. Although I often plan an outfit around my favorite accessory, this may not be intuitive. Consider what you will be doing (for example, sight-seeing will require comfortable shoes; conversely, a nice dinner out or an event may require heels). Depending on your activities (and thus your foot wear), you can build an outfit from there.
- Simplify your beauty routine. Again, planning ahead can help you pare down your beauty staples. First, sample and travel sizes are a life saver. Particularly if you are carrying your bag on, you want to make sure that your liquids comply with the FAA requirements. Also, when you are traveling, it is not the time to pack every beauty product in your arsenal. For example, if you have a special event, try-out your look in advance. Preparation will allow you to only bring what you will use rather than lugging every potential product. Likewise, if you are planning a casual get-away or a beach vacation, you may not require all of your products (just more sunscreen!)
- Carry-on jewelry and other valuables. This may seem obvious but it’s worth a reminder. I suggest separating any necklaces that can be snagged on other jewelry (earrings in particular can be infamous for snags). Put them in their own pouch or seal them in a ziplock bag. I save the cloth pouches jewelry is sold with for this very purpose. You can then put these pouches in a clutch, cosmetic bag, or another safe spot in your carry-on.
What’s your packing game like? Please leave me a comment with any additional tips or tricks. I’m always looking to improve upon my sport!
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Lastly, don’t forget about the Shopbop Friends & Family sale! (See Tuesday’s post for my selections). You have until 11:59pm PST tonight to save 25% on most everything. Enter SPRING25 at checkout.
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn
They’re baaaack… Skinny haters rejoice, the flare jean is HUGE for Spring. As with any trend revival, you may need a reminder (or crash course) on flare jean dressing. I’ve included several tried and true rules to remember when styling this flattering denim style:
1) Dainty shoes be damned. Unlike the skinny jean, flared legs beg for a chunky shoe and the more height, the better. A small shoe can get lost beneath the wider leg opening (and the contrast just doesn’t look right). Likewise, a flat undermines the leg-lenghtening attributes of the flared style. Instead, unearth those wedges or, better-yet, invest in Spring’s hottest shoe trend – the flatform. The height continues the line of the leg and the chunky heel compliments the volume of the pant.
Platforms & Wedges
2) Nip and tuck it. Beware of too much volume on top – it can either be too costume-y (think poncho circa 1970’s) and/or create the illusion of extra bulk. Instead, opt for a more cropped top (this looks especially flattering with a high-waisted pair of jeans) or tuck. Again, the flared leg and higher waist elongates the leg and highlights a small waist.
3) Think length (and fit). The hem of flare jeans should skim the floor – show too much shoe and it can look silly (not-to-mention defeat the leg-lengthing benefits of the cut).
Are you ready for the fresh take on flare jeans? How are you wearing your flares?
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn
Photo credits: The Fashion Tag
Following last week’s outfit post about wearing the special things in your wardrobe more often and in unique ways, I am highlighting three ways that you could style leather pants. This post should serve as inspiration to get your special pieces out of your closet and into the daily rotation!
Work: You read that right, you can wear leather pants to work! Just make sure they are not skin tight – a high-waisted version can be more conservative, with just the right amount of edge.
Casual: Don’t relegate your leather to dressy occasions. Wear leather pants as you would your favorite jeans by layering a casual tee with a denim jacket and adding your favorite retro sneakers for a downtown vibe.
image: Sincerely Jules
Night Out: By far the easiest way to sport your leather pants; add a silky tee and a special jacket to take your look up several notches from your standard denim or black pants.
What’s your favorite way to style leather pants? Thanks for reading! ~Jenn
First image: www.justjared.com
Before you store your warm-weather staples, consider re-working your summer favorites for fall and winter. Below are a few ideas for wearing your favorite pieces year-round.
Slip Dress: It’s easy to wear your light-weight slip and sun dresses when the temperatures drop. Layer long cardigans, denim jackets, fur vests, leggings or tights, and chunky boots to stay warm while still enjoying the flirty flounce of your favorite airy dress. In particular, the mix in texture here (fur, denim, rayon, and leather) can add interest to your look…maybe even a better outfit than a simple pairing with sandals?!
White Jeans: Your crisp white jeans need not be relegated to storage during the winter months. These pair just as easily with fall’s chunky sweaters and booties, while brightening fall and winter’s jewel tones as well adding variety to the constant black and grey rotation.
Lace Shorts: Shorts can be so chic worn layered over an opaque tight or sheer hosiery (a la the 90’s). Make these lace shorts evening-worth by tucking in a silk blouse and adding heeled booties. Finally, up the glam with a statement necklace worn over the buttoned-up shirt. For a special touch, wear with lux outerwear – think fur or leather detailing.
Photo Credit Above: BeSoStyle
This post idea came from a reader (thanks Sabrina!). Please leave a comment with any ideas or requests – I’m always looking for inspiration!
Thanks for reading. ~Jenn