Monday, February 25, 2013

Packing for a Trip Tips

Item that mix and match work best

It’s that time of year when we all experience cabin fever and long to get away. Even though I live in California the weather here can be gloomy, chilly and wet. You see I live in Northern California which is a far cry from the beaches of SoCal. Since I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to get away from it all, there will be scores of people packing their bags and heading to warmer climates in the coming months.

 Minimum pieces, maximum possibilities

One of the first rules of packing is find a color palette and stick to it. I generally go with either blacks and white or navy and tans. Having a singular color palette to work with is very important. Your wardrobe is limited to the size of your suitcase and sticking to one theme when it comes to color saves space on shoes and accessories. Don’t make the mistake of bring your favorite outfits. If you’re like me those favorites are not all in the same color family.

 Love this Liz Claiborne blazer

If you pick black and white as your main colors you can interject color with scarves and jewelry. A black dress looks equally great worn during the day with a blue sweater and flats then dressed up in the evening with high heeled sandals and a blue topaz necklace and earrings. Having a themed color palette also allows mixing and matching. The blue sweater can be worn with either black or white jeans and black or white skirts.

 This dress can also be worn with flats and a sweater

The same can be said of navy and tan. If you have a navy and a tan sheath dress you can wear them dressed up and dressed down. By adding different accessories that simple dress can go sightseeing during the day and then out to dinner. A navy linen blazer can be worn with khakis or jeans equally well and then give you a business look with a tan sheath dress, for those traveling for work. Traveling should be fun and fuss free and it always will be if you stick to a color plan.
A pink skirt adds a pop of color

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