From the archives.
After last week’s post on my new packing strategy with a black blazer, I wanted to continue the conversation on the benefits of having a streamlined travel wardrobe. When I’m shopping for something new, I’ll often consider how it will pack and wear once I’ve arrived at my destination. Knowing I have an arsenal of reliable items in my closet that travel well takes the stress out of packing. I know what works and what doesn’t.
Starting with a simple palette, the focus is on silhouettes that will give me tons of options. A wide leg jean, trim blazer, and lots of tops to layer always make the cut. I’ll throw in a pair of shorts or a skirt for alternatives. A large tote, in straw or leather, plus a clutch or shoulder bag are usually all I need. I like to have both flats and a heel for transitioning from day to night. The Saint Laurent Lou Lou has been my go-to all season. It’s incredibly comfortable. A pair of sneakers is a welcome relief after long days touring and walking.
I keep a few beauty products on hand that I specifically use while traveling. For destinations with warm temps, hair products that give me the option to air dry, like Oribe’s Matte Waves Texture Lotion, are a life saver. I also prefer to keep skin care products to a minimum and appreciate the convenience of a multi-tasker, like an exfoliating moisturizer. This also preps my skin for a little boost of color from a self-tanner if desired. Dr. Dennis Gross has transportable individually wrapped packages for face and body that I love. Editing cosmetics down to the minimum and bringing compact sets and a set of travel brushes is an efficient formula I’ve used for years.
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