Travel Tips for the Wannabe Fashionista

One of the things that I really dislike to do is PACKING. It’s mind boggling to pick up what to wear, how to mix and match and decide what would fit into the suitcase.

Whilst I hope to look good in my pictures, I can’t possibly pack my entire wardrobe in the suitcase. If you intend to shop during your trip, you would need to leave some luggage space for your loot.

What people wore to Mykonos, which was not much.. heh!
What people wore to Mykonos, which was not much.. heh!

With some experience on hand (#likeapro), here are some of my personal tips on how to maximise your wardrobe without over-packing.

1. Buy before you land

If you are visiting a city, or a developed place where online shopping is accessible, save your luggage space (when you are flying there) by buying some clothes or shoes and have these delivered to your accommodation there. Most hotels are happy to hold your parcels prior to your arrival.

Shoe packing is always the most difficult because I will definitely need a pair (or two) of comfortable shoes for serious walking. But I also would need a pair of decent heels for dinner or drinks and heels take up plenty of luggage space. I typically solve this problem by buying a couple of pairs of shoes – typically heels – and have them shipped to my hotel. At least I would traveling lighter one way!

2. Pack spare clothes and toiletries in your hand carry luggage

I used to dismiss the concept of packing spare clothes in my handcarry but I have changed my perspective over the years. First, if anything uneventful happens such that we were to be stuck at a location without the luggage, at least we will still be able to freshen up. After all, you don’t want to land looking or smelling like a stink bomb.

(from left) Evian Mineral Water Spray, Marc Jacobs Solid PerfumeBurt’s Bee 100% Natural Lip Balm

In terms of toiletries, I would definitely pack a travel size facial spray, solid perfume and a lip balm to keep myself hydrated and refreshed. You could also pack some sample satchels of products, such as moisturizer and cleanser, for your inflight skincare regime.

3. Dress to kill

You have got your sexy shoes – regardless whether you packed those in or you bought them online – of course you need a dress to kill. Not all dresses are travel friendly and not all of us have the luxury of having our clothes ironed before we head out of the hotel. Hence, pack some lightweight spandex or jersey dresses that do not get creased so easily. You can also opt for printed dresses, which might take the attention away from any crease or folds.

DVF dresses would be my favourite because they are not only printed, but of soft jersey material. And the wrap dress is flattering on most body types!

And of course, remember to bring the right lingerie for the dresses!

4. Pack a little handbag or a clutch

I typically carry a sling bag for my trips because it is more convenient when you are doing some serious walking. However, don’t forget your little handbag or clutch which would match your evening outfit a lot better than a heavy duty sling bag!

This post was originally published on in March 2012. 

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