If you’ve ever had the excitement taken out of a vacation because of the impending cloud of packing doom that went along with it, today’s blog post is for you. Ironically, she and her sat down to write this post when Lecina happened to be visiting in Calgary for a whole 48 hours. It’s worth mentioning that Lecina brought a GIANT bag (one of those that could comfortably fit two small children) a duffle bag and a generously large purse. Mostly she was embarrassed by this excess amount of luggage but even more so – frustrated. She was only visiting for a day and a half – this was just ridiculous.
As we’re both females and alive – we figured it was likely that we weren’t alone in this frustration. Packing shouldn’t be this hard. Playing off of the premise that it is just as important to know your strengths as it is to admit your weaknesses, we consulted with styling guru, Jayna Mansbridge over breakfast to set us off on the right foot.
This is our friend Jayna.
You’ve already heard about how great she was in “Clutch Moves” we refer to her expertise, once again, to correct the error of our over packing ways.
Jayna says; seriously, leave the kitchen sink at home.
- Packing effectively is about being prepared. Chances are you’ll know what you’re doing ahead of time, so pack as efficiently as possible to prepare for both casual and dressier situations.
- Simple things like lipstick, accessories, scarves and hats don’t take a lot of room but can drastically change an outfit – pack these items for an extra punch.
- Knowing how to layer can not only make you look űber fashionable, but it has the capacity to create multiple outfits whileusing the same articles of clothing – saving you room In your bag, and avoiding the shame of over-packing.
- Fashion is about permutations. When you’re packing, think in terms of outfits and activities. How many different ways can you wear one shirt? How can you dress up a pair of pants and then dress them down the next day?
- Shoes take up a lot of space! Try sticking to a dressier pair and a casual pair – if you’re packing for the winter months, we love a classic bootie as it doesn’t take up a tonne of luggage real estate, and is easily dressed up or down while leaving you ready for the elements. As a general rule, we don’t go anywhere without our chucks.
- Don’t rule out the outfit on the plane. If you’re planning on packing larger pieces, it’s a good idea to actually wear them on your person – saving you room in the bag.
- Don’t go anywhere without a clutch. Do your best to match this clutch to your dressier shoe that way, no matter the outfit in between, you’ll be on the right track.
All packed up and ready to go:
If Lecina would have taken Jayna's advice before packing to Calgary her bag would have been this cute little Matt and Nat Carry On. She’ll know for next time. With just seven articles of clothing and four accessories, we were able to achieve five significantly different looks, preparing us for any and all vacation situations.
Away we go. . .
Yes being comfortable on the plane is important, no you aren’t allowed to wear sweat pants. We’ve paired liquid leggings, a basic white blouse and a denim shirt with a scarf to keep warm enroute with a pair of chucks, should you need to run through the airport. We love this look as it’s comfortably cute, and leaves us ready to hit the ground running upon arrival.
We’ve simply kept the foundation of the outfit the same with the liquid leggings and the simple blouse, paired it with a statement necklace, red lips and black booties and matching clutch and overcoat and we’re officially ready to hit the town.
Bitchez be brunching
We don’t care how much wine you had last night, you can roll out of bed just in time for a hair of the dog mimosa and be ready to face the day in either of these cute “I’m too tired to do my hair” looks. The outfit not chosen will proudly take you home.
Keeping the boyfriend jeans on, we’ve replaced the chucks with our black booties, and layered the plaid shirt under the sweater and capped off the look with the statement necklace. If it’s a bit chillier, use the jacket from the night previous to keep warm on your way to dinner.
Or just drinks
If you’re going for a more casual look, simply shed the sweater and tuck in the shirt. Look how cute you are. Overcoat still applies.
You need water. And Advil. No energy to think about your outfit. Not to worry. Simply choose the losing outfit from Bitchez be Brunching. You’re gonna make it!
You did so good! And yes. We’re firm on the no sweatpants on planes.