To the land of "down under"

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

One of my clients is taking a two week vacation to Australia...lucky her! She asked me what she should pack...the trip is mostly casual although there may few nice dinners mixed in. Temps should be in the 60's and there will be a ton of walking.

Here are a few suggestions...

First of all, before you start to pack, PLAN your outfits! Make a list of what you will need for each  day and night of the trip and then decide on a color scheme. The simpler your color scheme, the easier it will be to pack and put outfits together.

Feet first. Comfortable shoes are  MUST for sightseeing. There's nothing worse than walking on blisters!  I suggest investing in a fun pair of sneakers that are super supportive and comfortable. Look for a something a bit stylish like these animal print or metallic sneakers. Cole Haan makes some really fun and comfy versions.

Also bring a pair of comfy flats

And some heels for dancing.

Denim, denim, denim.  Jeans are the most practical bottoms you can take on vacation because you can dress them up or down. I talk about the slim-cut ankle jeans a lot because it's the most versatile style. Roll them up with sneakers for day and dress up with a little heel for dinner. Bring different washes and colors for variety. I suggest a light wash, dark wash and black or gray jeans.

Check out these black jeans that about comfortable!

Layer it up.  Pack lightweight layers such as tanks, tees, sweaters, jackets and/or cardigans. Weather can be unpredictable so it's best to have options!

I love this soft knit jacket for traveling because it stays wrinkle free!

A few silk tops to pair with black or dark wash jeans and  heels for dinners.

The versatile chambray shirt  A chambray shirt is such a great piece to bring on vacation because of it has so many uses! Wear it as is with jeans, open with a tank underneath, as a bathing suit cover-up, or as a jacket over a tee shirt (love it with stripes!). You can't go wrong!

Bag it.  Just a few bags are all you need for traveling. Start with a large tote.  I love Longchamp
because of the way it easily folds up. Plus it's so sturdy and can hold a ton of gear.

Bring a neutral cross-body bag for sightseeing.

And a clutch for at night.

Easy peasy dress.  Dresses are easy to wear and give so many outfit options. A jersey shift dress can bring you from day to night with simple accessory and shoe change ups.

It's a wrap  A poncho takes up very little space, but can be one of the most useful pieces you'll pack in your suitcase. You never know when you'll need an extra layer and a poncho provides both warmth and style (great for the plane ride too). So chic!

Don't forget to bring lots of accessories including jewelry and scarves. These pieces take up very little space and can give you lots of outfit options.

Happy travels!
XO Susan

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