I'm excited to announce a new page on the website called How to Pack! Over the past few years, I've been posting all about how to pack simply while looking stylish. I've compiled all of this onto one page where you can read from start to finish about efficient ways to pack. I've also created a place where you can sign up for more updates on the page! On to today's post - I'm writing all about packing for each season. Hope you guys enjoy!
A key factor in simplifying your pack and packing in style is also to pack for the right season. If I'm headed somewhere cold I'll always throw in something lighter weight and a swimsuit, but that's it. The rest of my suitcase is filled with cozy clothes and water resistant boots. You can pack so much with a limited amount of items if you are strategic. Part of that strategy is looking at the weather conditions and planning a week or two ahead. In all honesty, I never wait to the last minute to pack (outside of my toiletries). It just leaves too much room for error. I have lists going weeks in advance and then put everything in my suitcases a few days ahead. That way I'm not wearing something I'll use on the trip the day before and then get stuck doing laundry at the last minute.
I reference the Accuweather app two weeks ahead of my trips. It allows enough time to brainstorm or order anything you need from Amazon Prime (my go to for anything last minute). Then, I start making lists or pinning ideas on hidden Pinterest boards of ideas of looks I may want to draw inspiration from. About 7-10 days before a trip I lay out all of my outfits and decide if I need to purchase something to add to the things I already own. About 3-5 days before I start loading up my suitcase. Finally 1-2 before I leave (usually early morning flights or late evening after work) I pack my carry-on and purse for the trip. This timeline has proved to be really helpful over the past three years.
Let's now talk about packing for each season:
Summer: Think sundresses, rompers and swimwear. Don't forget to add sunglasses, a straw tote, statement earrings and sandals. Bring at least one pair of heel, but usually you are spending time by the water so one is plenty. Espadrilles are a perfect summer shoe. The best part about Summer packing is that you can pack more in your suitcase since items are smaller and lighter weight. Take advantage and bring lots of sundresses. I usually bring two outfits per day for Summer trips. If you are looking for swimsuits check out how to find your swim style.
Spring: The climate in most places ranges from warm to cool depending on how far north you go. If you are heading to a colder climate like Colorado or the North East Coast you may want to refer to packing closer to Winter. If you are anywhere along the Southern part of the United States think about lightweight jackets and cardigans layered over dresses and jeans. Loafers and ballet flats are a good choice this time of year and if you are looking for accessories you can sport structured pastel leather purses. Boater hats are darling this time of year and don't forget a tote for market shopping or visiting farms.
Fall: For this season you'll also want to look at layering but instead of Spring's choices go for pants with tall riding boots (here are two ways to wear riding boots for the Fall) and sweaters. Layer your sweater over a button up or long sleeved shirt in case you get warm. Pea coats are also a good choice during this time of year. For evenings sport a pair of tall suede over the knee boots with a tweed mini skirt or midi dress. Cognac, burgundy, hunter green and navy are perfect for the Fall season. Since so many people love to go camping this time of year you can check out Let's Go Camping which includes all about how to pack for a night outdoors or check out Outdoor style for additional inspiration and tips.
Winter: If you are heading South you may want to reference Spring and Summer styles, but if you are on your way up North think about being warm and dry. Snow is beautiful unless you are inappropriately dressed and then it's just miserable. Down jackets, leggings, overalls, skinny jeans, puffy vests, sweaters an thermal shirts are great for layering during cold and snowy days. Don't forget to add beanies or berets, gloves and of Winter boots. Finally, if you are venturing out for a dressy look think about faux fur stoles, cream colored wool coats that hit at the calf, tall boots or tights and heels.
Want more seasonal inspiration, tips and tricks? Head over to the seasonal style page for additional looks and travels.