By Lia Batkin, Founder of VacationStyle
Be it a weekend jaunt to the Hamptons or a European escape that evokes the golden era of beau-monde travel, paring down your packing can be, and is, a science you can master. (And check out VacationStyle for more tips!)
A rule of thumb to keep in mind is don’t pack anything you haven't worn in the past six months. If you're not wearing it at home, it’s not going to suddenly feel right.
The other thing to keep in mind is your destination: Know the vibe (what’s appropriate and more importantly, what’s not), your itinerary (poolside? beach? sightseeing? time to change from day to night), and your vision of who you want to be on vacation. Are you going with a laid-back shorts and a tee look, uber glam with accessories for every outfit, or maybe boho chic with lots of fringe? Pick one vision throughout the trip: it will help you in the packing process, as you will be able to wear things more than once and mix and match.
1) To start, if you have a few core items (dress, skirt, jacket) pull those first. From here you can build your VacationStyle wardrobe centered around those key pieces and you can wear them in different ways.
2) After, you add in your splashes of color, and I mean splashes…colors are meant to be emphasis and not take over the outfit. This color story should make it easy for you to mix and match, and work well with each other, just in case something doesn’t look or feel the way you pictured it.
3) Accessories might seem like an annoyance, but they can play up or down and be pulled in any direction, and for these I like more neutrals like ivory, wood, or gold… Two necklaces, one set of bracelets, two earrings, and two rings are usually essential — and then one day and one night bag.
4) Another method to the packing madness is to start from your feet up. If the shoe fits – that is with many different outfits – pack it. Air on the side of neutral, otherwise you will find yourself packing more pairs than you need, and will be kicking yourself in the behind (no pun intended).
And, of course, be playful. Vacation is your time to shine: try new trends you might normally be afraid of. Testing out the waters of trends is the best way to find what works and what doesn’t — like that turban you've being eyeing for the last few months!
WHAT TO PACK
VacationStyle was founded by top travel advisor Lia Batkin, of In The Know Experiences, when she noticed a gap between the fashion and luxury travel industries. Lia noticed clients would ask for fashion advice when packing to their different destinations, and it eventually led her to open a fashion division of In The Know Experiences, where she offered clients a packing service. She would assist clients not only on itineraries, but advise them on how to fit in like a local by helping them shop and pack appropriately for their upcoming vacations. With a passion for fashion, combined with her love for travel, Lia sought to create an online destination that would bring her expert advice to the masses.