The Ultimate Fashion Guide to Vacation Packing

With summer winding to a close, many of us find ourselves rushing to squeeze in one last summer trip. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an all-out holiday, packing the perfect suitcase is essential. As a girl who once hauled a fifty five pound suitcase across Europe, I know how easy it is to over-pack. A picturesque location requires a picturesque wardrobe to complement it, but such a wardrobe is more compact than you may think. Learn from my mistakes with these Fashionista-approved packing tips.

1—Stick to one color scheme. Pieces that you can wear interchangeably guarantee that you will always look put-together and stylish, even if you’re miles from your closet.

2—Create drama with accessories. Spicing up an outfit with a necklace, silk scarf, or a pair of sunglasses is the secret of traveling Fashionistas. Think about it this way: a statement top can be worn once or twice, takes up lots of space in your suitcase, and requires cleaning. A trendy silk scarf can be worn countless times in various ways throughout your trip and fit in a purse for safekeeping.

3—Roll, don’t fold. This is one of the easiest ways to free up space in a suitcase and keep your wardrobe wrinkle-free. To save time when unpacking and to avoid rifling through your bag, put outfits you plan to use later in your trip on the bottom layer!

4—Wrinkle-free is hassle-free. Resist the urge to hit the beach in a pair of linen pants, and instead opt for a swingy sundress or swim cover-up. Unless you plan to squeeze an iron into your suitcase, avoid bringing fabrics that are prone to wrinkling and require special care such as linen or silk. Traveling often calls for long expanses of time away without a chance to change outfits. Do yourself a favor and choose blended fabrics; your photographs will thank me later.

What are the travel hacks you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

Denim Days

Denim on denim—love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. Once the uniform of cattle ranchers and gold miners, denim has become a staple piece for Fashionistas around the world. Recently, denim has popped up on runways and the street in the form of button-up skirts, undone hems, and jean jackets. It has become the go-to “model off duty” look for the newest generation of models—think Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid—and it’s no wonder why; it requires little thought and guarantees to wow.

This Fashionista proves that more is more when it comes to denim with her trendy denim miniskirt and light wash denim jacket. To keep the outfit feeling street rather than classic, she focuses on two distinct washes of denim. Everyone styles their denim a little differently, but perfectly matching denim makes a very different statement as compared to mix-and-match styles. She keeps the rest of her outfit neutral and understated, but adds a touch of glam with her vintage gold chain.

To top, or rather, bottom off the outfit, this Fashionista slips into a pair of peep toe mules. All the pieces this Fashionista chose are maintenance-free and ready to go. This outfit is perfect for a day when you might be short on time but still want to look at the top of your game—think dinner with friends after a summer job. Whether it’s frayed out, dark wash, or patchwork, denim is an easy choice for the ultimate cool girl.

How do you rock your denim? Are you a fan of denim on denim, or do you like sticking to one piece per outfit? Let me know in the comments below!