This week's Fashion Friday for Live Lean comes to you from sunny California. Preparing for a trip is always a nerve-wrecking task if you aren't organized. Follow these steps to maximize your time, suitcase space and sanity:
- Gather your basics. Every woman's wardrobe is (or should be) made up of basic pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to make several different outfits. Jeans, cargo skinnies, leggings and shorts (I chose flashy sequined ones and a more casual pair of high-waisted vintage Levi's) make for great bottoms on which to build. T-shirts (these are Alexander Wang and 3.1 Pillip Lim) are perfect for every environment and can be toughened up with a biker jacket while a chunky knit is great for cozy travel. Throw in a great going-out dress and an easy maxi dress and you're set for every occasion.
- Add accents. Grab a few accent pieces that can be used to style your basics. Be sure to stay within a cohesive color scheme or graphic element (spots, spots, spots)!
- Personalize with accessories. Make sure your looks include the little pieces that make it "you". A fringed bathing suit, floppy hat, perfect Alexander Wang Rocco duffel and House of Harlow 1960 necklace are my go-tos for vacationing without taking a break from my personal style.
- Rationalize your shoes. Shoes are the most difficult thing to pack (they're heavy, take up tons of valuable space and are easily damaged in transit) so they need to be edited down before every trip. Chose only pairs you can wear with multiple outfits (studded loafers, nude heels to elongate the leg and ankle booties) and remember to keep comfort in mind for long airplane rides (I opt for a pair of Toms).
Good luck and Bon Voyage!