When you’ve only got a cabin bag to work with, you might be mistaken to think that you have to sacrifice your style when you’re off traveling. However, a real fashionista knows that even with a small case, you can make a significant impact. Here are some top tips to travel in (and with!) style.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!
Accessories don’t take up much space in your case, but they can transform an outfit. Pack a few statement pieces, such as chunky necklaces, and hoop earrings that you can add to a basic outfit to dress it up. Aim for versatile pieces, such as a silk scarf – you can wear it around your neck, as a headscarf, as a belt; the only limit is your imagination!
Consider a capsule wardrobe
Try and work out items you can wear with several outfits – such as a plain white tee, to put together a capsule wardrobe. A few tops, a few bottoms, and then jackets and shoes that you can mix and match and create entirely different looks is the key to a perfect travel wardrobe. Don’t just pack individual pieces; look at how it can all work together.
Consider the weather
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to get carried away with outfit planning and forgetting to consider the climate you are going to! There’s a difference between looking super cool and super cold! That doesn’t mean you have to let go of your style, of course. There are plenty of ways to keep toasty but still look amazing. Layers are your friend, and a statement coat is always a good look.
Ideally, you will be able to be comfortable and look great, but sometimes you may have to make decisions and comfort should always come out on top. Sure, killer heels might look great in a candid Instagram shot, but if you can’t walk from one place to another without getting blisters, your travel buddies might not be your biggest fans, and you’re likely to miss out on some pretty cool places!
Nothing looks less fashionable that sun damage! Even if you are going somewhere with snow, you may still need sunscreen, so be sure to apply it regularly and look after your skin. You should apply at least factor 30, but don’t be afraid to go higher if you have skin that burns easily.
Think about the culture
Another thing to consider is the culture of your destination. For example, there are some places where shorts are not appropriate, and although you might think you look great, you could end up offending locals and causing yourself some embarrassment. Be respectful, especially when visiting spiritual or religious destinations, and plan ahead where possible.
How amazing would it be for someone to ask you where your bag is from, and to be able to answer “Cambodia”?! Treat yourself to something from each country you visit to grow your wardrobe with unique items and for a wearable reminder of your trip. Try to make it something unique and authentic to the local culture, perhaps by visiting a market, rather than a Forever 21!
Traveling is all about adventure, experience, and culture, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look like your best self! Especially if you’re off to a fashion capital such as Milan! Keep it comfortable and weather appropriate but be sure to let your personality shine out too!