Ultimate Packing Guide for Fashion Conscious
"Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the Air." - Emerson
Sandy beaches, ocean waves, blue sky with palm trees swaying create visions of sun filled delight. The images can be tantalizing with many counting the days until toes hit the beach and limbs float in a glistening pool. The touch of sunshine warms the soul and invigorates the winter weary after months of cold, wind, hail and grey days Once the destination and airfare is secured, house cleaned and all other daily life lists are completed arrives the special moment of packing the suitcases. For some the task is easy and without stress and for others the mere thought of organizing, compiling and designing a vacation filled suitcase incites anxiety. What if the wrong dress is packed? The black sandals are forgotten, or nothing matches? Once again, a fashion maven is over packed with a rock-like suitcase and money being handed over at the ticket counter. Of course, purchasing upon arrival is always available, but what if the act of packing was super simple?
Rule #1: Make a List, Make a List, Make a List
Rule #2: Devise 2 Color Scheme along with Black & White - Black, White, Red and Pink or maybe it is Orange and Blue. Get the idea?
Trains, Planes and Automobiles - Why Not Look Stylish?
"Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." - Ralph Lauren
I. Stylish Flight Outfit: - Black pants, soft black jeans, or colored jeans, Tee-Shirt and sweater for warmth.
|Vince Slim Ankle Trousers $229 - Now $221.25|
|7 For All Mankind High Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans - $178|
|Halogen - Relaxed Slub Knit Tee (Regular & Petite) - $25|
Evening Trade Winds Too
|kate spade new york 'somerset' cotton blend cardigan $198 Now $148.50|
Fresh Cut Flowers
|Halogen Floral Print Cardigan - $69|
Rule #3: Check Baggage. Check Baggage. Check Baggage.
Nothing more cumbersome and completely annoying than dealing with suitcases that must be rolled onto the plane and then swung above and then jammed into the overhead bins. Often times luggage is stored several bins down and not above the seat. The idea by the "onboard luggage only" carriers is to get off the plane quickly and to not lose luggage. Yet, what if everyone checked luggage? Hence wouldn't boarding and departing a plane be swifter and faster instead of being subverted to a rigorous exercise of juggling packages, suitcases, etc. amongst a myriad of human beings. And, how often is luggage lost in today's world? If lost for a day or two - remember once on a sunny beach, put on the bathing suit folded in a small carry on or handbag - have a cocktail and know the rerouted luggage will arrive soon! Carpe Diem!
"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady." - Edith Head
II. Tropical Sundresses: Must have loose and carefree dresses to slip on after a day in the glorious sunshine.
The Magnificent Maxi
|Favorite Sundress Brand: Tart Print Stretch Modal Maxi Dress $168 - Now $100.80|
Hothouse Floral Frock
|Maggy London Print Stretch Cotton Fit & Flare Dress - $148|
The Short Short or Bermuda Short?
"Life is too short to wear boring clothes"
III. The Statement Making Bermuda: The Bermuda short reigns supreme for a fashion maven on the beach or on the town. Easy to dress up with a floral top and heeled sandals. Leave short shorts at home or better yet slate for the 20 something. Vince brand comes in many hues and often on sale!
Orange on Vacation?
|Vince Vintage Wash Bermuda Shorts - $198 Now $116.98|
|Michael Kors Slim Bermuda Shorts $89.50|
***FCS Tip: Never wear or purchase jean shorts. Notice how the espadrilles with the black Bermuda in photo is classic and flattering versus short booties with the orange Bermuda.
The Essential Tee-Shirt
"A woman can be overdressed but never over elegant." - Coco Chanel
Rule #4: Dress your age. Dress your age. Dress your age.
If a trend is "in" for the twenty something - do not wear it! Example: Colorful "Booties" are fun with a pair of black stretch pants, top and jacket. Fact: Colorful booties or booties for that matter look best on the younger fashionista since the eye will notice the booties first and the figure second without capturing the overall ensemble and person. The youth can get away with almost anything and have the right to showcase certain pieces. Older and wiser fashion mavens wanting to be noticed need to focus on "the classics". Fact: You have earned it and will be noticed by everyone for having style, grace and impeccable taste.
IV. The Must Have Tee-Shirt: Tee-shirts are indispensable on vacation. These numbers can be worn as a quick cover up from the sun or thrown on with shorts for instance glamour. Simple, classic and easy to pack.
Long Lasting - Expensive - Worth It
|Majestic Long Sleeve Crewneck - $135|
|Splendid Deep V Half Sleeve Tee - $50|
V. The Versatile Swimsuit: Sunscreen etc. The one piece swimsuit enhances the feminine silhouette. In fact, the one piece style is on the rise for younger women too. Think of Farrah Fawcett in the infamous ravishing red one-piece bathing suit which sold over 20 million copies. Why not be a bit mysterious and completely unforgettable?
All Time Favorite - La Blanca!
|LaBlanca 'Sweetheart' One-Piece Swimsuit - $119|
|La Blanca Ruched Bandeau One-Piece Suit - $109.00 Now $76.30|
|La Blanca Halter Ruched Tankini Top and Banded Skirted Swim Bottoms - $87.00 - Now $60.90; $69.00 Now $48.30|
FCS Note: On a Hawaiian getaway - saw a woman laying on a chaise lounge in a one piece brown bathing suit with a large brimmed hat while on the phone. Everyone noticed her though couldn't tell who it was at all. She was glamorous, sophisticated, classically attired and caught everyone's attention. Smiled and she smiled back. Who was it: Marie Shiver
"Trendy is the last stage before tacky." - Karl Lagerfeld
VI. The Cover Up: Choose a beautiful and versatile cover-up for walking to and fro at a resort or on the beach. A sarong is perfect for the pool yet best of all is the SPF cover-up in a bright and oceanic cheery hue!
|Robin Piccone Pareo - $38|
Best of Last! Worth Every Penny!
|Mott 50 'Sonja' Long Sleeve Half Convertible Swimdress (UPF 50) - $115|
The Haughty Hat
"Live your life, do your work, then take your hat." - Henry David Thoreau
VII. The Sunny Hat Protector: A chic broad brimmed sunhat is imperative to protect delicate skin against the UV rays.
Sunscreen - The Favorites
"I can only be in the sun for 15 minutes before burning. I have sunscreen on my face every day. If I'm walking on the sunny side of the street, I'll walk to the shady side. I'm too uncomfortable in the sun."- Julianne Moore
VIII. Sunscreen - The Fabulous Two: Every fashion maven avoids the sun with clothing and by using sunscreen. Yes, in the sun but knows when to get out and cover up.
Face - Everyday
Beautify The Body
|Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen 60 - $35.99|
Classic Cat Eyes
"Different is Beautiful"
IX. Sensation Sunglasses: Why of course Warby Parker! Stand out in a crowd.
Jewels and Everything Else!
"Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful." - Coco Chanel
X. Forever Chic Style - Miscellaneous: Keep fine jewelry at home. Instead sparkle in costume jewels for the world at large. Don't forget work out gear, flip flops for the ocean, baseball hat, favorite shampoo and conditioner and tennis shoes. Travel light.
Black & White with Two Favorite Colors
- Plane: 1 Pant of Jean with Stretch, 1 Top & 1 Comfy Sweater of Jacket
- Sundresses: 3-4 dresses
- Bermuda Shorts: 1 pair
- Tee-Shirts & Tops: 1 black, 1 white Tee shirt and 2 tops - One in flowers and another tank
- Swimsuits: 3 - 2 for Beach, 1 for Small Carry On along with Kindle, Books,
- Cover-ups: 1 pretty, 1 UPF, 1 sarong
- Large Sun Brimmed Hat
- Baseball Hat
- Costume Jewelry
- Work Out Apparel - 2 shorts, 2 tops
- Tennis Shoes
- Sandals: 2 pairs - 1 in black, 1 in brown