OK. First things first. If you came to read about some amazingly styled and perfect, curated outfits…yeah, sorry. I don’t have room in my suitcase for that, nor do I want to annoy my husband with the time it takes me to decide on an outfit on top of the time it takes me to get ready. The good news, though? I feel like I’ve finally found a way to put together looks that fit my personal style, require minimal packing, and cut my “deciding/getting ready” time.
Let’s talk about it.
In years past, I would pack literally 37 outfits, a separate suitcase AND a shoe bag. Yep. A shoe bag. Once there, I was constantly overwhelmed by all of my choices, and I would have to come in from the beach like an hour earlier than everyone else to be ready to leave on time. Not cool.
But this trip, packing and styling was different. Here’s what I changed.
I packed several mix and match basics. Here’s why. I don’t want to be stuck with an outfit I planned ahead of time that I don’t feel like wearing. To be honest? I rarely plan my outfits in advance when I’m back at home. (Anyone else?!) Vacation is no different. My preferences for what I want to wear change daily. Heck, who are we kidding…they change hourly. So I packed a few swing dresses that I could style in so many ways, along with graphic tanks (to wear with shorts or jeans), v-neck tees, and only one special blouse. The blouse could be paired with shorts or jeans as well. Then I brought two pairs of jeans and three pairs of shorts. That way, I felt like I was still styling myself, as in I could choose from several different combinations of basics.
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the first outfit pictured below. It felt perfect for a night out with my fam.
LOOK 1: “Special blouse” + jeans + nude heels
TOP: The Limited, literally 8 years old
JEANS: Target, in-store; here’s a SIMILAR JEAN
BAG: Rebecca Minkoff, old
LOOK 2: Graphic tank + jeans + neutral sandals
SANDALS: FREE PEOPLE
BAG: Rebecca Minkoff, old
LOOK 3: Swing dress + print mix
DRESS (I also own one in black and white stripes. Of course.): OLD NAVY
NECKLACE (also featured in look 1, my absolute favorite necklace): STELLA & DOT
HEELS: LUCKY BRAND
CLUTCH: Sole Society, old
I still brought the shoe bag… ha ha. Since I saved space in clothes I packed, I thought packing several different pairs of shoes would be acceptable. I am a firm believer in shoes making the outfit, so while my outfit every day was going to consist of basics, my shoes would add that extra pop of interest. I have always loved shoes, and to me, they are the ultimate outfit finisher. So my suggestion? Think about your “outfit finisher.” Is it jewelry? Hats? Whatever it is, I give you my permission to back that one thing in abundance. Because I packed so many shoes, I kept it light on the jewelry, too.
I have been to Florida’s panhandle three times in the last four years, and I will say this trip was the easiest for me in terms of getting dressed and actually being ready by the time everyone else wanted to leave. And you know what else made this process so much easier? Having clothes to pack that fit my personal style exactly. I used to think that vacation prep meant spending a ton on clothes for the upcoming trip. And honestly? For this trip, I bought a bikini top. AND THAT’S IT. It is truly a freeing feeling when your closet is in line with your personal style. If yours isn’t, let’s fix that. Drop me a comment below or head on over to the “contact me” section of my website to work with me as your personal stylist. I would love to give you that closet (and packing) freedom!