Heading to a “big” city this summer? You’ll want to be prepared, not just mentally but physically too. Style runs cities like New York, Paris, London, Rome and fitting in doesn’t just mean buying everything they sell. It is so easy to spot a tourist, especially an American. So if your ready to trade in what “you call style” then take along with you these 5 pieces of clothing/accessories that will help you fit in with out standing out.
1. Lets just dive right in shall we and talk about the most dredged word in fashion history FANNYPACKS. I completely understand the logistics of fannypacks. I do not understand why they have to be so hideous! Now don’t get me wrong back in 1992 when they were all the rage, yours truly owned a fluorescent pink one, but lets just say I have learned from my mistakes. So if you are the type of person that likes having their items close to their body here are two suggestions that should get rid of fannypacks forever:
- Messenger Bags: They wrap around your body, keeping your hands free. Practically every company on the planet makes one, so finding one shouldn’t be an issue. We like messenger bags by Vera Bradley and Coach.
- Backpacks: I’m not talking about lugging around your LL Bean backpack from High School, I’m talking about much smaller backpacks that are also fashionable. We like backpacks by Prada, Vera Bradley, and Bellino Luciano (at Walmart).
2.Comfortable shoes are a must on any trip, being a Fashionista we are not immune to the need of these items. However there is a difference between comfortable and ratty. We all have those ratty sneakers or shoes that are so comfortable we don’t dare throw them away, these should NOT be packed on any trip. If you’re looking for comfort and style try these two that are perfect for any weather:
- Boots: Such as knit boots, riding boots, something with a flat sole that will look good with several pairs of pants. You can tuck in skinny jeans or straight leg stretchy pants or simply wear boot cut pants over the boots. Either way you’ve got a nice looking shoe that’s easy to get around in. We like boots by Ugg and Target.
- Gladiator sandals: This is one sandal that everyone can pull off. The wrappings around the ankle provide support and they are easy to go from jeans, shorts, to dresses. Making it easier to only pack a few pairs of shoes. We like gladiator sandals by JC Penny and Nine West.
3. You always need a dressy dress for your travels, especially big city traveling. We find the best travel friendly dresses are those made of cotton and jersey knits. Stick with darker colors, they hide the dirt better and almost always look dresser. If you pair different accessories with this dress then you can get away with wearing it more often. We like dresses by Old Navy, Target, and Nordstrom.
4. Sweaters are a girls best friend. It doesn’t matter where I am traveling too I ALWAYS pack a sweater. In particular a boyfriend sweater (no this isn’t a sweater I stole from my boyfriend) this is a style that is longer and usually hits about your hip or longer. It tends to be dresser then your average cardigan sweater. You will want to stick with basic colors such as black, white, red, it is easier to match with these colors. These sweaters also look great with dresses and pants; they are perfect for layering. We like boyfriend sweaters by Old Navy.
5. Pants and shorts are a must for all seasons especially when traveling and you are unsure of the weather. The perfect pant for traveling is one that has a little bit of stretch to it. Such as a skinny jean, legging, or stretch khaki or corduroy. They give a bit when walking around and make for a more comfortable bus or plane ride. Now as far as shorts go, this can be tricky. If you are planning on wearing your shorts walking around a city but then also out to dinner you want to stick with a basic rule, your shorts should hit about 1 or 2 inches above your knee, depending on how tall you are. These type of shorts almost always look dresser then “short shorts” and they are easy to go from a causal activity to a nice dinner. We like pants and shorts by Old Navy, Levis, and Macy’s.
The goal when it comes to fashion and style is to take what your comfortable in and just extend it. For example everyone is comfortable in stretch pants so why not buy a stretchy jean instead of sweatpants. You don’t need to run out and buy all the new clothes in the cities you’re visiting. Especially if its something you’ve never worn before your uncomfortableness is going to stick out like a sore thumb. We would never tell anyone to change the way they dress just for traveling. Being yourself with a few of these minor changes will not only help you feel better about the way you look but you might just get mistaken for a local.
- Packing tips and advice for Vancouver and TBEX (fashionistastravel.wordpress.com)