Vacation wardrobe is a serious project. Well, at least for me 🙂
Because I’m not one of those people who use “comfort” as a rationale for downright sloppy attire.
I’m definitely a comfortable-but-far-from-sloppy-traveller.
My thought process while I’m planning my travel wardrobe
- I make sure that all of my tops go with all of my bottoms, and that most of the tops can layer with most others.
- Pieces that can be worn multiple ways, such as a buttoned cardigan that can step in as a top under a jacket, or as outerwear over a tee or blouse.
This may not sound like the blueprint for a glamorous, show-stopping wardrobe. But it’s practical, so I’m all for it. Also, I believe in travel light and travel smart.
Before you start packing, think of these
- Your destination, activities, and expected temperatures.
- Local customs and attitudes, as well as religious beliefs.
- Levels of formality ( meeting some family friends etc. ).
Worst travel pieces
Anything too warm or bulky.
Clothes that are only appropriate for dressy venues.
Best travel buddies
Comfy pants/ leggings/ jeggings + Layering tanks and light weight cardigans, wraps
( air travel , or while on a road trip)
Dresses ( Day wear/ Night wear): Sun dress, Jersey dress, Maxi dress, Jump suits
Bottoms (Day wear/ local sight seeing) : Pajama pants, Jegging, Utility Skirts , Utility Shorts, Skorts, maxi skirts( can be night wear too)
Click here to see how you can add pajama pants in your list if you want.
Shoes which slip on and off easily —– comfortable and breathable summer sandals appropriate for dinner at an upscale restaurant or on beach — espadrilles, walking sandals
daywear shoes- sandals/ sneakers/flipflops,
night wear- a pair of heels / wedges/ ballet flats
Now, you don’t have to pack all of the above outfits. These are just to give you some ideas. I would pack a dress, one pair of shorts, one pair of pajama pants, a skort or maxi skirt , denim jacket and around 4 tops for a 5-6 day trip. Don’t forget to add your sleep wear. Jewelery and makeup would be minimal. For a complete travel list check here.
As you can see, with some thought and planning, you can create a fun and practical vacation wardrobe. Pack some basics and let the accessories lead. Add a print, color and personality with scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry, but always remember to keep things practical. Avoid wasting space by making sure everything matches.
What will your travel wardrobe look like?
Do share your thoughts in the comments below.