Tips on how to pack less but look more fashionable
You are going on a dream holiday, far, far away. There’s always one looming question: what to pack? Okay, maybe a few more: how do I fit my whole closet into my not-so-big suitcase? How do I travel in style if I have a limited luggage allowance? Do I need another dress? And so on...
If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, I have you covered. Stay calm, take a deep breath, and keep reading. Gone are the days of packing everything you own and outfit frustration.
Packing can be a hassle. We all know this to be true. The solution is actually simple - plan in advance. The process doesn’t have to take forever, and if you know what you’re doing it can actually be quite fun.
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Don’t know how? Here are a few tips on how to avoid packing related stress, travel in style, and enjoy yourself during your holiday. All at the same time.
1. Think colors
It will be much easier if you pick a color palette and stick to it. You will be able to match any top with any bottom if they are in similar color tones. Think universal. Think which colors go well together and keep your travel closet in that color scheme. None of the colors will contrast too much and you can mix and match as you wish. You can read more about it here.
If you’re struggling, here is a pro tip:
Whites, beiges, blues, and pastels complement each other well. They look great in beach surroundings, forests, and cityscapes. What’s more, brighter colors are generally better for warm temperatures. They reflect the sunlight, unlike dark colors which absorb the light. Result: You will travel in style, but you won’t get too hot which allows you to survive longer in that warm sunny destination you’ve been dreaming of.
2. Mix and match
As mentioned before, don’t be afraid to “recycle” your pieces. Mix and match them with each other to create new outfits. Look at it this way: if you pack three different tops and three bottoms, that makes nine completely different outfits. Simple as that. 💁
Same top, different bottoms - I don’t want anyone to notice!
Don’t worry, there is a lot you can do with just one T-shirt. You can let it loose, tie it up, wear it as a dress, roll the sleeves up, tuck it into your pants or skirt, throw on a jacket, etc. No one will notice that it’s the exact same item you were wearing the day before. It's our little secret. To travel in style don’t be afraid to be your own stylist and get creative! Want some inspiration? Pinterest is your best friend, and you can follow us too!
3. Plan ahead and do your research
If you plan your outfits ahead, you will avoid disappointment and the daily “what to wear” stress. Yes, we all know this one too well. You can also pack your clothes pre-arranged in outfits. Take your ready-to-wear outfit out of the suitcase and thank yourself for packing in advance. Can you think of anything more convenient?
Research the area you’re going to
Check out places you would like to sightsee and see what is okay and what is not okay to wear there. Many cultures have dress codes that are different from your own and you don’t want to be THAT tourist, yes, we are talking about the one walking around everywhere in a bikini. Parts of Bali are pretty chill, but there are some unwritten rules.
- You don’t want to offend locals - you’re visiting their land, so be respectful.
- You will definitely want to pack at least one outfit that covers your shoulders and knees if you want to see temples or any other sacred places.
- We suggest packing a long dress and bringing a light-weight scarf to cover your shoulders.
You can also research colors or designs that would look complementary with the surroundings. This way, besides traveling in style, you will look great in the pictures! #InstaWorthy
4. Quality over quantity
It’s better to pack fewer but better quality and more stylish pieces, than to pack a lot of whatever ‘just in case’ items. You know you look fantastic in these pieces and paired together they make memorable outfits. Plus, it will all go on the pictures, so you better make sure you look stunning.
5. Less (shoes) is more (space)
Let’s face it - you will be probably running around in one pair of flipflops every day. So if you already took a few more pairs from your closet, put them back in. You essentially need to pack one pair of open toe shoes and one pair of sneakers, for waterfall walks and so on. The rest can stay at home and wait for you to be back. You will save a lot of space and extra weight in your luggage. PS. No need to take heels - heels are a big no no.
6. Using packing cubes
Packing cubes will help you save a lot of space and organize luggage. No more sitting on your suitcase trying to zip it. Remember tip number 3? Here, packing cubes come in real handy. You can arrange your outfits by days and keep similar tops and bottoms that match together. Less mess and no more tears while looking for a “missing” T-shirt or a dress.
Extra tip: do a mini tidying up before you leave your room, this way you won’t leave anything behind.
7. Does it spark joy?
And if you’re still thinking: what if I need one more dress or one more cute top? Ask yourself - what would Marie Kondo do?
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant. She came up with a popular method of organizing called KonMari. You just need to ask yourself if each item “sparks joy” and if you will actually be happy wearing it. You can easily apply it to your packing regime
Lastly, YOU CAN DO IT! With just a bit of preparation, packing can turn into a fun styling session. Be strict with yourself, take a step back and pack only the essentials. Once again, minimalism for the win. If you need a classic accessory for adventures, check out my sustainable handbag collection. We just launched the new RESORT collection. The neutral colors and timeless styles will match any outfit!
Happy travels! Hopefully, these tips will help you travel in style and stress free. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.
I loved the tips specially the 7th idea. Thanks for sharing.
And your Bali bags are all fab, I cannot choose which one to buy.