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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Love everything, especially the Khaite ivory jeans. When you are traveling overseas (8-10 hour flight), what is your travel outfit like?
I usually wear dark jeans, flats, some sort of jacket/coat, and a scarf – depending on the destination and season. I have a couple of posts on the subject HERE and HERE. There are also lots of packing posts in the TRAVEL section of the blog too you might want to check out.
Now I am going to obsess over The Row’s black blazer! Great suggestions!
I obsessed for a long time too. It’s a pretty unique piece with the bracelet sleeve and shrunken fit. Many blazers feel too heavy for summer, but this looks great with lightweight pieces and doesn’t overpower them.