Ok, so in the past I was never known for travelling light..
I’m a girl who still needs variety & I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing the same thing over & over. I call myself a mood dresser, sometimes I feel like wearing certain things & other times I don’t!
Equally I hate handing money over for excess baggage & love avoiding those loooong bag collecting queues where I can
So how do I get variety without tipping the suitcase scales??
Check out my 5 top tips for smart packing
1. Plan, plan, plan: You need to mix and match your little heart out before your trip!! Every item that comes on holiday with you needs to earn its spot. They need to work hard and most of the items must be able to work back with everything else (please refer to pictures) Think of those staple pieces in your wardrobe that you can dress up & down easily.
2. Colour co-ordinate: I personally like to pack mostly neutrals, then you can easily add pops of colour if that’s your style. This gives you lots of variety & options.
3. Avoid the black trap: Just like your wardrobe at home, your travel wardrobe needs both light and dark options to create variety (please refer to pictures) Pack lighter & darker options for pants, tops, jackets & shoes where you can.
4. Rolling: This is a key technique when it comes to compact traveling, it has revolutionised my packing & will also minimize creasing.
5. Think: Hard about the weather and what activities you will be doing in your trip. I just made the mistake of packing my whole suitcase before checking the weather and saw it will be a maximum of 10 degrees in Queenstown, so off I go swapping a few things over & adding a few extra warmer layers than what’s in the pictures!
Sticking to the rules above also gave me a little spare room in my suitcase to add in a few extra spoil pieces in case I was in the mood for something different.. The extra items I added were a puffa, thermal, plain dark denim Jean, 2 evening tops, hoodie & a trusty pair of heels! Here are just some of the combinations…. I trust this post was valuable & happy packing 👌🏻
A common theme when i walk in to my male clients wardrobes, is that most of them don’t seem to have enough variety of shoes to cover all occasions & the few pairs of shoes they do own are normally trashed as they don’t get a chance to rotate!
Not enough variety of shoes can make it extremely difficult to pull together the right look and will often leave you feeling over or underdressed..
I get that every persons lifestyle & personal style is different, and when i take a client shopping i tailor this to their exact needs, however here is a general guide to cover you for most occasions.
Leaving the obvious thongs & gym sneakers, out of it for now (Because I’m sure every guy is great at buying themselves and already owns😉)
1. Casual sneaker – This doesnt include your gym shoes!!
2. Loafer / Boat or Driver shoe – You need that in between smart casual shoe gap filled to take it up a level
3. Ankle Boot – Winter essential
4. Dress Shoe – For work or special occasions, this shoe need to look current, so no dusting off the old square toes please 😊
Which ones are you missing???
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She doesn’t really wear black, so this pre-shop was focused heavily around colour👌🏻 Colour is a very personal thing and has a massive impact on how you feel in an outfit… Be aware of how certain colours make you feel, and of course only wear what makes you feel good!! A pre-shop is included in all my personal shopping sessions, which means a lot of the hard work is done for you, allowing you to arrive to a stress-free fitting and shopping experience
Think Pink and I’m talking deep cherry, raspberry, candy, baby, rose you name it, if it’s pink…. it in👌🏻
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The right coat thrown over a simple basic palette may just be your answer to making the impact you want, without you having to invest in a whole new wardrobe!
It can instantly take the most basic of outfits to a whole new level if done right. Fit and colour are the main keys to nailing this look, so men firstly ensure the shoulders fit neatly & the colour compliments and works in with the rest of your wardrobe.
This next step will totally be up to your own personal style, however as this is more of an investment piece I like to keep my coats quite classic with a bit of a twist to suit your individual style. If chosen correctly you won’t have to replace this for a very long time!