We head out for our big trip to Europe in less than two weeks, and I’m in full prep mode. Since my goal is to fit everything into my carry-on (you can see our packing video here for tips), I need pieces that are simple and versatile. It’s also going to be extremely hot, so items that will keep me cool but still appropriate are a must.
When I started to think about multifunctional items, my mind went right to the maxi dress. I love the ease of a maxi, and for what I need they seem perfect, but the cut of so many of them do not work for me. If the dress features an elastic waist, I instantly look three months pregnant. Something about where it hits me does nothing but emphasize my midsection, which frankly isn’t that bad. God forbid I eat
a tray of cheese and drink some wine, I’ll look ready to pop.
So I started to look for alternative styles and came across this maxi dress. It’s exactly what I was looking for: light, breezy, chic and easy to dress up. The cut is perfect because it mimics an a-line and falls off your bust. Meaning I can eat to my heart’s content without showing off a food baby. I ordered it in this dark midnight blue, but it’s available in a dozen colors. The subtle high-low hem gives it lovely movement and practically allows you to walk without tripping on your skirt. I plan on wearing it as both a cover-up and a simple dress for sightseeing days.
On those days spent wandering, I’m wearing these sandals by Franco Sarto. I mention them a lot because they are so comfortable. If you have an upcoming warm weather vacation, definitely consider picking them up. I like them in the dark tan since it’s a rich neutral that will go with everything and make packing simple.
I wanted a simple stray bag for shopping and to keep our items organized for mornings at the pool. I found this bag by Hat Attach on Shopbop. It’s a little more than what I wanted to spend, but I think I’ll get my money’s worth out of it by the end of the summer.
When we travel, I don’t pack my better jewelry. I just wear a simple wedding band and faux diamond studs. I would be devastated if I lost anything, it’s not worth the risk. Accessories are also cumbersome when space is at a minimum. For this trip, I decided to go full Jackie-O and to bring along a few silk scarves to wrap around my hair.
I love the colors in this paisley print scarf by Tory Burch. It will add some color and interest to the otherwise simple pieces I’m packing. This style scarf is called a neckerchief, so it’s slim and narrow. It’s ideal for wrapping around a ponytail or tying to the handle of your bag. Finally, sunglasses are a must. I love these Ray- Bans with a hint of blue. They add a pop of color without being too over the top.