Updated Feb. 11, 2017 How to Pack Light to Save with Style: This is our first post launching our new TravelStyle feature. (See also our YouTube videos on TravelStyle that follow our Blogs.)
What is TravelStyle? It can be a real challenge to pack light to save and have less luggage to drag around. I really see this when I get to a far away train station with no elevator! To make it worse, how i it possible to go through lots of time zones and climates and not look like a ship wreck!
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How to Pack Light to Save with Style: Tip 1:
Use color to be chic even on a small budget.
Many women like to wear black. The good news is that it travels well even if you spill your coffee on the plane! To introduce a fashion look at no more cost, add a second color. The best way? Place it close to your face by having a bright or primary color in a blouse or jacket.
An added benefit? It photographs well!
How to Pack Light to Save with Style: Tip 2:
You call them sneakers? I call them “space stealers”. Worse yet? As each of us “hoofs” around the Left Bank in Paris, it will not be a fit.
I fell in love with ballet flats. My top pick are the Oka-B flats. They come in basic black plus a rainbow array of colors. I like the purples and bright red with contrasting buckles. They sell for only about $45 except for the fantastic clearance sales at almost half off.
My very favorite ballet flat
How to Pack Light to Save with Style: Tip 3:
Leave the fanny pack at home since it shouts “not chic” all over the world! It also is a good way to attract pick pockets. They will see you as a good target with travel funds stuffed inside your pouch for shopping.
I like small purses that can be worn around the neck or under the arm. They are hard to swipe and look chic. If you get one that holds a smartphone, passport, cash and keys, you will have your hands free to snap selfies at the Eiffel Tower.
How to Pack Light to Save with Style: Tip 4:
Make a multi-colored scarf your travel mate.
At home, I don’t often wear scarves. However, on travel, I fine they are great to add style and for practical uses. In Cambodia, I found my new “wing man”, a $20 vibrant silk scarf. It now goes with me through out the world!
- Wear scarves for style.
- Use scarves for head and/or shoulder covering in houses of worship.
- Loose the chill in arctic air conditioning with a large scarf that can be a kind of cover up.
- Don’t pack a belt. Just twirl the scarf, and tie it at your waist. Even bulky winter jackets and tops will look good that way.
- My favorite way to use a scarf is to hide my money belt!
How to Pack Light to Save with Style: Tip 5:
Make it easy to go from day to night.
The best bet is to pack gold or other metallic shoes and purses.
Take silk blouses or synthetic knock-off’s as they look elegant.
I found here in the US that silk or silk-like Indian kurti blouses had the right look to go into the night. (They are great to for avoiding too much sun.)
How to Pack Light to Save with Style: For more tips on how to travel light in style, look at our new weekly TravelStyle blog.