In April my boyfriend and I will be heading to Rome for 4 days followed, by 4 days at the Amalfi Coast. I am a chronic over-packer so my goal for this trip is to fit everything into a carry on. Can you suggest some pieces and outfits that will be stylish, and appropriate for both locations?
Thanks! -Counting down the days
I like cotton maxi dresses for traveling. They’re comfortable, somewhat dressy and can be styled to suit any climate. I own this Splendid short-sleeve dress in navy. If you prefer sleeveless, this Felicity & Coco dress is a nice choice, and I like this Gypsy 05 striped dress.
Looking to save money? Old Navy has a large selection of jersey dresses in all styles. I like this short, rugby-stripe dress.
Jersey dresses are easy to pack, don’t take up much room and can be worn for many occasions. They’re all I pack when I’m on personal travel in the spring/summer.
To an upcoming wedding, I’m planning to wear a sheer yoke cocktail dress, similar in style to this. However, I’m a bit lost as to how to accessorize such a dress! Would a necklace detract from the look of the sheer neckline? Should I stick to a pair of larger statement earrings and forego a necklace altogether?
While I prefer a simpler look sans jewelry, if you choose the right necklace, it will enhance the look of the dress. The trick is to choose a necklace the lines up perfectly with the neckline of the dress. You want it to look like the necklace is attached to the neckline.
In addition to length, color is critical. The color of the necklace should complement the colors of the dress. For a black-on-black look, try this Anne Klein crystal necklace. This Vince Camuto necklace with mauve and dark stones is also a nice choice. I also like this Cara tiered collar necklace, it could be worn with a variety of outfits.
I love the going out look of a fitted crop top with a pencil skirt, but I can’t find crop tops that aren’t too “Pretty Woman” (I’m looking at you, Forever 21). Do you have suggestions for affordable crop top and pencil skirt pairings that are sexy, yet classy?
Thank you! Alissa
Miss M and I were just having a discussion about wearing crop tops to evening events last week. We’ve come to the agreement that they can be worn if they show just a sliver of flesh. A hint of skin, if you will. So you will need two things: a longish crop top and a high-waisted pencil skirt.
For the top, I like the look of long-sleeves best. This Torn by Ronny Kobo top is a basic choice. This boxy-cut, striped Alice + Olivia top is also a good option. For something under-$75, this short-sleeve, striped Topshop top is cute, as is this quilted top from Solow.
I’ve been searching for a longish down puffer coat all winter but haven’t been able to find one that won’t make me look like the michelin man. I’m looking for warmth but also some shape. Is that so much to ask for? Ideally, I’d like to spend less than $150, which might be challenging, but any help would be appreciated.
I’m not a fan of puffer jackets. It’s more than you were looking to spend, but I own this Patagonia jacket with a down liner. It has the look of a regular coat with the warmth of down. In your price range, this Land’s End coat would be a good alternative (also comes in plus-sizes).