Three Ways: The Summer Packing List
Jun 28, 2012
Last October, I published a packing list for cold weather travel. Since then, I’ve had numerous requests for packing advice, specifically packing advice for warm weather work travel. So here you go.
Accessories: Embossed Leather Pump ($178), Michael Kors Snakeskin Pump ($175), Carolina Flats ($185), Skinny Plate Waist Belt ($58), Pineapple Seed Circle Stud ($61), Bubble Necklace ($150), DvF Haley Belt ($185), AV Max Marquise Bracelet ($48), Vinader Isla Stud ($110), Fleur de Lis Stacking Rings ($40), Gogo Philip Oval Ring ($9)
This afternoon, we’ll talk more about how to turn these pieces into enough outfits for a three or four day work trip. So right now, I want to talk about how these pieces were chosen.
When packing, to guarantee maximum wearability and eliminate wasted suitcase space, you need to choose a color palette. For the Fall packing list, it was black. For the warm-weather packing list, it’s navy–summer black–with grey mixed in.
Every piece in this set is under $250, and basic enough that you should be able to find a similar item (a dot blouse, a combo dress, a flesh-toned pump) in a lower price point if need be.
There is a lot of J.Crew. It’s unavoidable. I’m looking for basic pieces in a mid price point that are multi-seasonal and classic. Right now, J.Crew is one of only a few retailers doing that. Plus, they’re the only retailer doing that who gives me a blank background instead of using model, making their site the most Polyvore friendly.
I included pool attire because when I travel in the summer, I spend my free time pool side. If you prefer to go to the gym during your off time, add your workout clothes instead. If you want to go sightseeing instead, add a pair of shorts or a casual skirt and a knit shirt.
Lastly, there is something missing from this set. Did you notice? I didn’t until it was too late.
Ding, ding, ding…there are no purses. (facepalm) Since I’m now 30, I blame my old age for this oversight.
In the Fall list, I told you to pack a clutch and a basic bag, that advice still applies. So you’ll see the bags in the outfit sets but not in this set. Problem solved, see you this afternoon.