Guest Post: Maximizing your Travel Wardrobe

Guest posting today is Rachel from Life Unsweetened. I love reading Rachel’s blog for a number of reasons, among them being her excellent fashion sense and well-written lifestyle posts. Today she’ll be showing you how to maximize your travel wardrobe by transitioning a few essential pieces from day to night. If you’re not following her already I hope you’ll pop over to her blog to check it out!

Packing for vacations can be brutal. It’s even worse when you’re a female who likes clothes and shoes. The key to effectively packing for a vacation is to bring a few key pieces that you can wear a couple times. You’d be amazed at how many ways you can style that little black dress during a week with the right shoes, accessories, cover-ups and more.

I’ve chosen three wardrobe necessities that you may take on vacation with you (keep in mind, this may change depending on where your vacation is, what the temperature is like and what activities you will be doing). I’ll show you easy ways to transition your outfits from day to night- saving you tons of room in your suitcase and still allowing you to look your best.

Look 1

vacation outfits

A solid color dress (like this pretty green one) can easily be dressed up or down. For day time, I’d pair it with a pretty scarf, some floral earrings, a pair of colorful and comfortable sandals and a straw tote. This would be great for sight-seeing, walking along the boardwalk or relaxing at brunch. For night, add a black blazer for the chilly breezes, a statement necklace for some va-va-voom, a pair of nude heels to add height, and a simple clutch to carry your i.d. and lipgloss.

Look 2

day to night outfit

There’s always that one day on vacation where it’s too cold to wear shorts or your bikini, and that’s where a pair of colored skinny jeans come into play. For daytime events like a trip to a museum or a day of shopping, pair them with blacks for a sophisticated look. A black peplum top, standard flats, the same small bag as before, and a pretty jeweled necklace are the way to go. For night, put on a slinky and glittery tank top, a pair of hoop earrings, a chunky bracelet and those nude heels for a romantic dinner or night out on the town. Be bold with colors- on this look, I made the day look more conservative, but mixed yellow and blue for the night.

Look 3

summer vacation outfits

Although not everyone may dare to pull off the crop top in their normal life, when you’re on vacation, it’s a must! For a day at the beach, protect yourself from the sun with a cute hat, wear your favorite worn-in denim jean shorts, break out the boho bangles and wear a pair of comfortable sandals. For nighttime, dress up this plain top with a leather skirt, some metal-inspired jewelry (studs and necklace) for some edge and the nude heels (they go with almost everything!)

39 thoughts on “Guest Post: Maximizing your Travel Wardrobe

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thanks for visiting the blog and reading Rachel! She definitely did a good job picking out transitional pieces and following these tips allow you to pack light while still being able to create multiple looks during a vacation.

    1. twenty-something Post author

      Haha I’m glad I’m not the only overpacker around here ๐Ÿ™‚ Rachel’s tips are definitely going to come in handy when I finish packing for the cruise tonight.

  2. champydreamsboxedwinebudget

    So smart! I always pack in outfits, but I never think about styling the same piece in different ways! I have to keep this in mind. It will definitely help lighten my packing load. Rachel’s blog is so fabulous! Love this post, ladies! xx

    1. twenty-something Post author

      I am the exact same way. While finishing up my packing last night I forced myself to think in day-to-night mode and actually was able to make a lot more room in my suitcase! Glad you love Rachel’s blog, she always has great fashion tips.


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