Travel with Style

 Oh, the places you’ll go…But what to wear? If you’re anything like me, you dread that late-night  moment when you face the haunting hollow of your suitcase and wonder what on earth you should fill it with.

How to pack everything you need, without having to sit on your bag to close it? (been there, done that!)

First of all, do the math.  How long are you staying? For an overnight, you need at least two bottoms with two interchangeable tops.  For a long weekend, pack three tops and two bottoms.  The magic words here are “mix-and-match”.  For a week or more, plot head to toe outfits for five days. If you change accessories and rotate tops and bottoms, you will be prepared for 10 days.

Here are some quick tips on what to pack:


A chameleon item.

A tunic dress will slip over a bathing suit, but look good at night too with earrings and the right sandals. Or a lightweight cardigan..It can be worn on its own for day or left open with a tank underneath for evening.



Invest in tissue-weight cottons and cotton-nylon blends, in a variety of shapes and neutrals. They are wrinkle free and great wardrobe basics. Wear the crew under a jacket during the work meeting, then on its own.



Pack black shoes to match your wardrobe basics and a color or metallic pair.  Either will work with black or brown clothes.  Flats are light and versatile – a great choice for travel (for during the flight as well).  A good summer option if you need a little heel, is a pair of wedges.


Jersey dress

Choose a good-quality classic cut in a bra-friendly version, with the hem ending at the middle of your knee. It will pay off for years as a travel basic. Dress it up with pearls and heels or dress it down with wedges and beads.



What packs better than denim? Choose a pair in a sophisticated wash and cut, add a personality jacket and flats, and you’ll be ready for cruising through Paris or Edmonton.


Don’t forget your book! One of my favourites this summer (birthday gift from Susan) –  http://www.amazon.ca/Gratitude-Joseph-Kertes/dp/0670066699/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247780248&sr=1-1


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