There are some people who choose to have a very defined style. I, on the other hand, prefer to be more eclectic. I always want to look great wherever I go, and where I am going usually dictates my style. It’s especially interesting when I am traveling. I always try to pack to prepare for the weather, but I also love taking in the local culture and trends and incorporating them into my outfits.
Think of this as your “Traveler’s Guide to Great Style.” When in Rome…or, wherever.
I recently spent time in Crete, Greece. I came equipped with sun dresses and casual pants, but my style really evolved once I spent a few days in the country.
Below I am wearing a vintage-inspired halter blouse/dress, worn with shorts. I brought this dress with me and since I was going out at night, I paired it with black Halston heels. It is very hot in Crete in the summer, so I am wearing my hair up with minimal makeup.
This was a beach day, so I wanted to wear something easy, yet stylish. This is a vintage knit dress from Vintage by Misty (Phoenix) and sunglasses (Burberry).
Trip to Santorini! I wanted to be as comfortable as possible. It was a day-trip, which means boat travel, walking and shopping. I chose to wear all white: linen pants (Anthropologie) and a white tank. By this time I had acquired some jewelry, new comfortable sandals and a small shoulder bag, so I incorporated them into my look. It was a relief not carrying around a large purse, with all the walking we did in Greece. This bag was truly a life-saver. I still haven’t converted back to my big purse since I’ve been home!
Towards the end of the trip, I had gone native. I was tan, so even less makeup was required. I had given up on blowdrying and curling my hair, so I just wore it with it’s natural wave and pinned it out of my face. The shirt was purchased in Crete, a beautiful knit/lace crop top. The skirt is a sheer wrap-style that was perfectly light. No heels, flats all the way. The earrings are gold hoops and the bracelet is a beaded cuff, both of which I picked up in Greece.
So, now you have seen my summer-suited travel fashion, let’s move on to a cooler climate. A few years ago I traveled to France. I brought all of best party clothes and heels. Boy, was THAT a mistake. In crisp weather, layering is key.
Below is a photo taken in Nice. I wore black skinny jeans, a striped dress, a purple leather jacket (Bebe) and purse (Guess). It was windy by the ocean, so I threw on a hat and some sunnies (Versace). I wore the red heals (BCBG Maxazria) for a pop of color, and I think this was the ONLY time I wore anything other than boots.
For a day of serious shopping in Paris – in the rain – I didn’t want to be weighed down by a heavy coat, so I opted for black pants, boots, and a cable-knit sweater over a long sleeve shirt. Topped off with a hat, I was comfortable and able to navigate the streets and shops (ahem, Chanel).
Paris is ALL about the scarves. Fortunately, I came prepared. In this last photo, I am wearing my Paris go-to attire: my black wool coat (Banana Republic), a scarf, boots (Nordstrom), leather gloves (Banana Republic) and sunnies. Since I was forced to dress warm, I decided to mix it up by wearing hot pink leggings.
Traveling really gives you a chance to be creative and show some ingenuity with your style. You will almost always have wonderful photos of your experiences, and it’s a great opportunity to take notes from the local people and culture. You can also incorporate what you learned into your regular circulation at home.
If you ever need help to shop, pack and prepare for your trip…call me!