“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”
During these long cold months of summer, I become wistful for warm sun and golden sand. Once end of the year holidays are behind us, I’m itching (literally) to be done with sweaters, boots and jackets. Chilly winter weather is much easier to get through if there’s a get-away to a sunny, breezy location on the not too distant horizon. But traveling to paradise these days can be miserable. Terrible traffic on the way to the airport, long lines at TSA, flight delays and missed connections. What can make up for all the hassle? Pulling together a fresh wardrobe to look fabulous in while remaining comfortable, that’s what. Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ll be packing into my suitcase for an upcoming jaunt to a tropical destination.
Finding the right swimsuit used to be the most challenging part of my pre-travel shopping list, but not anymore- I head straight for the rack of MiracleSuits. They’re the Spanx of all bathing suits but even better, because due to their gorgeousness they can be worn on the outside and not just underneath. They’re made with three times the Lycra spandex than ordinary swimwear fabrics, which smooth the body down and somehow make it look 10 lbs lighter than the scale says. Seriously. I wouldn’t even think of wearing anything else- in black, of course:
After snapping up a strapless malliot, up next is my very favorite accessory of all time, whether I am traveling or not: sunglasses. I’ve been collecting the most glamorous frames I can find for years, and am able boast a selection spanning decades for practically every occasion. Sporting brand new sunnies however elevates my whole style game- with the extra bonus that any photos taken of me during the trip will look on point and print-worthy. Warby Parker does an excellent job carrying chic sunglasses that can compete with brands from A-list designers without the $$$ price tag; this rounded tortoise pair known as the Margot is just what I need to compliment my look:
A packable hat is a must these days. Sitting out in the sun for long periods without one is a definite no-no, so my travel beach hat is one of the first things I toss into my suitcase. Eric Javits makes the most stylish and durable hats around, and this crushable straw boater works with a variety of wardrobe styles and colors:
I love my new Bl-nk kimono from Anthropologie and take it everywhere I travel. Not only does it look great over a tank or t-shirt with jeans, it jazzes up any basic casual dress for night wear- it even works beautifully thrown over your swimsuit as a cover up. My favorite travel pieces are not only comfortable but versatile too, and this one in particular (and actually kimonos in general) fits the bill on so many levels:
And speaking of versatile, only the most versatile of my footwear will make the cut when packing a bag for light travel. A shoe that will take you from day into evening and is as comfortable as your slippers sounds like an impossible find. However, I was able to do just that when I stumbled across these fabulous super lightweight macrame flats from Marikoko. I’ll be wearing these with my swimsuit, shorts, kimono- they will go with literally everything in my bag:
An packable purse is also a travel must. While I am fond of tote bags and always bring a few whenever I go, a good compressible purse for taking day trip essentials along is near the top of my list of travel must-haves. This Longchamp nylon shoulder bag conforms nicely to its contents, plus snaps shut securely at the top for extra precautionary measures:
I don’t like to bring along a lot of jewelry when I travel, so I do spend some time ahead of packing my bag figuring out which lightweight and colorful pieces I have on hand to most compliment the outfits I plan to wear. Seaside destinations cry out for sparkle and warm hues, and these oval drops dotted with pretty glass beads catch the sun (and the eye) no matter what else you are wearing; also from Anthropologie:
One thing I can’t do all that well when traveling is sleep. The time change, the unfamiliar surroundings, the bed that doesn’t belong to me- all these things and more make falling and staying asleep challenging when on the road. One thing I don’t have to worry about is the comfort of my sleepwear. The organic cotton pajama set by Eileen Fisher is the most breathable, comfortable sleep wear I have ever owned. I can climb out of bed and wander out to my room balcony to enjoy hot mug of tea in a sun drenched lounge chair without feeling inappropriately attired:
Now that I’ve set aside my trip essentials, I can weed out what I don’t need with a judicious eye- which also helps ensure that I’ll have saved some space in my suitcase to ferry a new purchase or two back home. With any luck I’ll also remember to pack my ticket. And some post card stamps. Pretty soon, this lucky girl will be saying buh-bye to wool socks and down jackets and hellooo shorts and flip flops. Wherever in the world you are right now, I hope you can find your own little piece of sun to enjoy!
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