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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Travel uniform

Picture this: You're going on vacation to Italy. You want to relax and feel chic and timeless, a la Grace Kelly. These mix-and-match pieces would do the trick...(Of course, I'd also love to wear them in New York, too!)

1. Maxi dress. The perfect sexy dress for relaxing at the beach, then heading to dinner.
2. Eyelet dress. Fresh and sweet.
3. Cashmere cardigan. Because red looks amazing in photos.
4. Denim jacket. Nothing looks cuter than a sunkissed girl in a denim jacket.
5. Gold bangles.
6. Oversized straw tote.
7. Red bikini. (A cheaper one here.)
8. Sandals. I've spent months searching for summer sandals that are pretty and comfy. These, finally, are both. (And only $36!)
9. Negroni. A rich and bitter cocktail, best served in a little Italian fishing village.

What do you always pack for vacation? I'd love to hear any tips!

P.S. My friend Susan's genius honeymoon tip.

(Post by Joanna; photo by John Cullen; graphic design by Rachel from Elephantine)

103 comments:

Naurnie said...

I bought those sandals before I went to SXSW this year for work, and they have been the best purchase of my summer so far.

Kimberly Van Ness said...

A trench coat! Looks great with everything and will keep you dry should you run into any surprise rains.

Cuffed jeans...although those are pretty much a must for every day of my life.

Ballet flats. Cute. Chic. Comfy.

A scarf. To be used on the head, over the shoulders and around the neck as needed.

AVY said...

A vacation in Italy calls for something really stylish. The last thing you want is to look like an American.

/ Avy
http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



Giulia said...

bright coloured shorts and a white T. You always look good in a white T after a bit of sun.

Rini said...

Oh the Amalfi Coast. I've been there on my honey moon! You will love it!
Be sure to take a nice scarf with you (for your head, shoulders, after a bath in the sea...)
And large Diva-sunglasses :)
And you have to try a Limoncello! It's very sweet and very lemon and it's made right there from this region.
Enjoy!
xoxo
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Anonymous said...

hihi... americans are always recognizible no matter what you wear... it's because of your loud voices. no offense though, i like it!

The slow pace said...

What a lovely suitcase1 I always pack a nice hat. I never wear it, but I take it with me everywhere!

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

just bought a similar black maxi dress from target last night! (in the maternity section! and i'm totally not preggers.. but seriously sometimes the prego stuff is cute too and not extra huge in the tummy section... i think i'll keep it a secret to the BF that i'm wearing a maternity dress... it will probably freak him out)

cheers!

Lee Bobbitt said...

I always pack with my Eagle Creek packing cubes. No matter where I am going or the length of the trip, they make organizing so much easier!!

courtneyalew said...

Do you have the link to the red bikini pictured above? The current link goes to another swimsuit that isn't quite as cute as the one shown :)

Meadow said...

I like to pack a warm hoody (usually a zip-up one) for the plane and any unusually cold days just in case. It always comes in handy for me even when I am going somewhere warm. I always seem to be cold! Also comfy pants for the plane are a must.

Recently I discovered nail polish remover towelettes. I find that especially if it's a trip that's over a week, my fingernails become yucky so I like to re-do them and these are easy to pack and allow me to do my nails much more easily. I also bring along a light, shimmery shade of nail polish so I'm not fussing trying to get a dark color to be just right.

I also like to leave a lot of room in my carry-on for any duty-free purchases :) I usually end up buying perfume and chocolate whenever I travel internationally.

I love your suggestions, Joanna... makes me really want to go on a trip now! And I think I want to buy a jean jacket... I had one for years but don't own it anymore. It seems like jean jackets never truly go out of style.

ElsaD said...
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ElsaD said...

This is SO cute. I recently read this article in Refinery29, http://www.refinery29.com/summer-hats#comment-555429899 where the reporter puts together different outfits inspired on the same straw summer hat. I thought it was very useful/brilliant idea to apply when brainstorming looks for an upcoming trip. I personally love Panama hats! I would also add a jeans short, white skinny jeans, a white/light blue boyfriend shirt and a gorgeous pareo that u can use as a dress or top. XOXO

The Intrepid French Learner said...

I'm loving this travel week!

I love that straw tote. Those seem to go in and out of popular fashion, but are somewhat of a classic. My mother has a nice one I've been wanting to steal (er, her to give me.)

Where is the first photo from? (By the way, I've long been curious where your images (other than vacation and family photos) come from... a stock image source where you pay for access?) It's beautiful

Annie said...

Herewith my travel tips: always, always travel long distances in black trousers, always, always wear comfy footwear you can run in when flying (yes, but you never know...) and always, always take a pashmina/light shawl. You can wrap up, snuggle up, use as a pillow, be respectable and respectful when need be and much better than those blankets you get on a plane. Plus: take a small bag that fits inside a big bag to use as a day-to-day handbag.

Jenevieve said...

I love these! I think navy, red and white are classic, chic colors perfect for mixing and matching.

I always make sure I bring a pair of my favorite jeans, even if we go somewhere very warm. Sometimes it gets cooler than expected and I just want something fitted and comfortable.

I also like to bring lots of accessories! They take up less space in my bag, but add more variety so I can get away with bringing fewer clothes.

Aurelia said...

That would be the best packed suitcase ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Intrepid French Learner said...

Oh yeah, regarding what I ALWAYS pack for travel...

Some comfortable "non-American" shoes. By now I have a fair amount of these, but I usually buy a new pair when I travel. I look for black, or brown... something as comfortable as a sneaker which doesn't scream "American!" Really, most urban shoes which are comfortable enough will work. I also love my Bensimon sneakers (which I learned about here!) but they're not comfortable for long-distance walking.

I usually travel to Europe off-season (much cheaper, I can go for longer) so jackets and coats are in order. Again, I go for something urban/not clearly American. I love brown and now own 5 brown coats/jackets and most of these fit the bill.

Otherwise I just have a wardrobe of simple mix and match basics - on my recent trip to Amsterdam, I lived in long v-neck ("boyfriend" cardigans over smooth white tanks, skinny jeans/skinny jean-styled corduroys, and a scarf.

Lindsey said...

Love all these items so much! They really would be great for any type of getaway!
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Joanna Goddard said...

a shawl or pashmina is a great idea, annie. women always looks so chic wrapped up in them!

jackiek said...

this is perfect, because I actually am going to Italy in about six weeks!!

I always pack a lot of accessories, because they can spice up the same clothes. I also always travel with a scarf, especially when I go to Europe, because they can cover your head and shoulders if you go somewhere religious. (This came in handy when I was in the blue mosque in Istanbul, Turkey two years ago).

Joanna Goddard said...

white jeans are a great idea! and nail polish remover towelettes -- these are brilliant ideas.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh yes, courtney! i'll add it now!

deloom.com said...

Great advise! When traveling during the summer I always pack these 3... 1. A solid maxi dress (cobalt blue) 2. A lightweight cardigan (usually white) and 3. sandals with sparkle. The 3 pieces can be mixed/matched with other basics for a night/day look. <3

Kate said...

Rayon, rayon, rayon. And linen. The first doesn't wrinkle, and the second looks fine if it does.

Also, a rain jacket.

Dani said...

This list is too perfect- right now I'm nannying abroad in China and about to fly to Hong Kong for a few days. Thanks so much, Joanna xo

Becka said...

I'm always intrigued by what other people pack for vacations! I always seem to pack optimistically for sun, even if I've checked the forecast and rain is predicted... this is definitely not the smartest way of packing. I love the idea of sticking to some kind of colour scheme!

Madelyne said...

I am going to Italy and am packing this week!! Thanks, Jo.

Gina said...

That picture looks suspiciously like the Amalfi Coast...love it!

I'm all over maxi dresses at the moment. Love the bag, too.

Sarah H. said...

I LOVE all of these items!!!! I wish I had the budget to buy them all. :) Gorgeous, classic pieces. I always pack my favorite jeans to dress up or down and a pashmina. (For scarf, wrap, even skirt. Thanks for the travel inspiration this week, now if only I was planning a vacation soon...

Lady Baughman said...

No matter what I bring I always make sure that it fits into a carry on suitcase...nothing worse than overpacking for a vacation.

Sarah Carlson said...

LOVE that simple striped maxi dress. So chic and breezy.

Miss Molly said...

this post was so helpful! thank you JO

xx

Johanna Kolb said...

I travel with an old Mercedes Van from the 70ies, he's named Benno. I love to play package tetris before driving south.
I never forget to take cotton swabs with me. I'm addicted to them. And shoes, a lot of shoes.
(I don't wear shoes on a trip. I love to walk barfoot, but they are so beautiful and sweet and I love to play luggage tetris, you know....)

Anne said...

White jeans, check! Diva sunglasses? Check! Nail polish remover towelettes... should get some! Dreamy holiday in Italy? Starting tomorrow! Yay! :)

Mrs. P Vega said...

I was just in Italy for my babymoon and my suitcase was full of similar items. It's amazing how easy it was to mix and match. I wore my mustard colored cardigan a lot as well as my jean jacket. I also packed a leather jacket and some bright colored flats for the cooler evenings. Right now is the perfect time to go!

Ciao Ciao!

Celeste said...

I always bring a Pashmina. They serve so many purposes! I've used them around my neck when it's cold, around my head when it's windy, over my shoulders in case it gets chilly, sat on it at the beach... seriously, those things are lifesavers!

Anonymous said...

Your photo is of Croatia!

Julie said...

Yes, that photo is from Dubrovnik! My hubby & I did our honeymoon in Croatia and Slovenia. It was wonderful!

Liz said...

we just got back from a week in Positano and I definitely think these pieces are perfect to pack for a vacation in Italy! :)

Katie Lee said...

Thanks! Such inspiring simplicity. My husband and I are headed to D.C. for labor day weekend and I want to pack minimally while still looking awesome. This is perfect!

hello, Friday said...

All the good stuff! Loving the list. xoxo
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megan auld-wright said...

Ack...we're going to Italy next summer, cannot wait!

Ryann said...

LOVE IT!

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c'est moi said...

Just ordered a similar (but much lower priced) eyelet dress from Anthropologie!

What I'm bringing to France next week: a couple of J. Crew featherweight cashmere cardigans (they're the best for layering over anything!!), straw hat, striped t-shirt, yellow jeans, white skinny jeans, leather sandals, navy Converse All-Stars, and extra room in my suitcase to bring home French pharmacie goodies!

Rachel, Graphic Designer said...

this is wondrous because i AM traveling to italy next week!

and now a post for greece and london, too? [they are the next stops.]

Aimee said...

When my husband and I travel, we don't pack separately. Instead, we pack for half of the trip in each of the two suitcases we take. That way if the airline loses one of our suitcases, we still have plenty to wear while on vacation.

Anonymous said...

Love the cardigan but I don't see the red one on the J Crew web site?

Jenn said...

I love this post because I am, in fact, heading to Italy! :) GREAT suggestions!

Freya Lily said...

Man I need a maxi dress! Love that swim suit too :) I just did a post about maxi dresses! Check out the ones I love.

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HRH Susan said...

I always pick a colour palette and then you can mix and match everything!

Kristin said...

I am a such a sucker for white eyelet dresses! May have to hit up Anthro for that one ;)

Kristin
www.dressedandfed.com

Jesse said...

leggings and moccasins. i need some comfort from home to shuffle along in.

Geetika said...

A cute pair of black or gold flip flops are always a must for me when I go on vacation over the summer. They're easy to dress up or down, are perfect for transitioning from the beach to a restaurant, and are perfect for when it rains!

www.readgeetikasblog.blogspot.com

The Awkward Indie Girl said...

Love love love the maxi dress. I've feared horizontal stripes, but the length might have a slimming effect. Great picks!

Tish said...

Is it too late?

utran28 said...

So funny! I'm packing tonight for my trip to Italy and have almost these exact things in my suitcase :)

Nurse Frugal said...

That looks incredible!!! Great job! I love the bathing suit! Would love to go to Italy ;)
-Nurse Frugal
http://ladiesgofirst.wordpress.com

Leslie said...

Great post, Joanna!

I like to bring a small cross-body bag for when I'm out walking, sight-seeing, shopping, etc. And a chic clutch to dress up my evening clothes, which are usually my daytime outfits just slightly reworked

Also: fun jewelry, scarves, small perfume, and a pair of flip flops usually come in handy.

Overall I find that sunkissed skin and being relaxed go a LONG way to making me look my best :)

Kate said...

had my first negroni on my buenos aires honeymoon last night! they are dangerously delicious :)

Aya said...

Oh man Joanna. I wish I could beam these picks directly into my suitcase and fly away right now!

I like to bring a scarf to be used for naps, chilly days, for modesty if you go to a temple etc. And I like to bring a body oil because I think it's more effective than lotion and I can use it everywhere, even my hair.

Jacqueline said...

How does one pack a cocktail? ;)

Emily said...

So cute! Love it all -- especially that dress. I've been preparing for packing for my NY trip, and this is super helpful!

Here's how I've been handling summertime fashion!

xoxo
Emily
emilyannestyle.com

Lauren said...

I honeymooned in Italy last summer, and I definitely agonized over what to wear. I ended up bringing breezy, gauzy shirts, full cotton skirts, leather sandals, ballet flats, a cross-body bag, and a curling iron for gussying up my ponytail. It was crazy hot during our trip, so staying cool was my number one goal. Unfortunately, as a southerner who grew up with air conditioning, the lack thereof in Italy was brutal. If I ever go back, it will not be during summer!

Moving Services Maryland said...

I would also recommend a cross-body bag! These are great because you can keep them close to you and you don't have to worry about them slipping off your shoulder like a regular bag. Plus, they would be great for taking on the plane!

Lost in Provence said...

As much as I love your blog--and I do! I really do!--I don't often leave comments as you have a gazillion and I think "Oh for Pete's Sake, leave the poor girl alone" but I really need to thank you today. I am Brokey from Wiskokey (do you know that phrase fellow Michigander?) and yet all of my sandals are falling apart. I just ordered those exactly-what-I-was-looking-for sandals (except in black) from Topshop. For nada. Worse, now I know that they have a new French site! AAARRGH! :)

Miss Margarita said...

perfect!

Love Birds said...

I just came across your blog and I adore it! I am leaving to study abroad it Italy with my boyfriend in the fall, so I loved your posts about Italy and Greece (we are heading to Greece over Thanksgiving break while abroad). Thanks for the beautiful pictures and inspiration!

kaela said...

what a great list! :D I have to disagree about the popped color...maybe it's still going strong in NY and you can pull it off... but I just feel like it makes a classic jean jacket too tacky!

kaela said...

what a great list! :D I have to disagree about the popped collar...maybe it's still going strong in NY and you can pull it off... but I just feel like it makes a classic jean jacket too tacky!

Anonymous said...

i love each one of these pieces. They are great on their own or mixed and matched. Fabulous, Joanna!

Ruby S said...

great ideas! i love the maxi dress, i think i need to buy one now!

http://rubytuesdayloves.blogspot.co.uk/

Amielle said...

Shoes/sandals that are up for some walking, pants I can cuff and wear over and over again. A dress for a night out and tops that can breathe as i explore a new place.

ELLEN WOONT said...

Yes, I'm going to Sardegna, Italy next week!!! I've packed new leather sandals, red shorts, a striped dress (a short one though) and white tops...

Anonymous said...

I'm a flight attendant and I always roll all my clothes, you can fit tons more. Also I try to only pack two pairs of shoes for a 4 day or less trip- cute all day sandals that slide down the side of my suitcase and a pair of tenny's for working out.

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

love the tote. + of course, the negroni:)

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

Brave Beltworks said...

Ah I could totally picture wearing all of that on a European getaway!

Kelsey Shaw said...

When I'm about to travel, I always think of Joan Didion's packing list from her wonderful book of essays, "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." It's simple and elegant. It can be found here: http://pinterest.com/pin/23010648065776764/

Melissa Blake said...

Great picks! I also always bring lots of magazines so I'll have things to read on the plane. :)

Brittany said...

Beautiful! I'm using your friend's packing tip for my upcoming two week trip to Europe! We're going to the Olympics for three days, so I'm basing my wardrobe on red/white/blue pieces that coordinate with brown and red shoes. I'll look patriotic in London, and then will do blue/white and red/white in the other cities, with a couple of gray pieces thrown in for a little extra variety/flexibility. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of this, gets me every time. I dream of a capsule wardrobe, the ideal uniform magazines talk about. Traveling is when I get to try it out. We go every year for a couple months to France. I've learned a little. I pick one color everything has to either be or go with; just one. Never new shoes or flip flops. The best neutral is that mocha/mushroom/greige color for France, and white.

I wish I had the perfect outfits for nursing in the summer heat in non-nursing France.

And the best tip of all: just leave space and buy what you need there. You know you want to, and the memories back home are so lovely.

(And that Joan Didion link someone noted is for 'two skirts and two leotards'. No pants? And LEOTARDS? No way, no how!)

Felicia said...

I always pack in one color scheme, so I can mix and match the whole time. On a recent trip, I went with burnt orange and navy blue, and picking clothes each morning was very simple. Everything already went together!

Mani said...

I really love these items! The worst thing is having to think about what to wear on holiday

Hitha said...

Great picks! I would add a brightly printed scarf (to keep warm on the flight and use as a swimsuit coverup on the trip), a caftan (nothing more glamorous), a silk scarf to tie on my head a la Jackie O, and a massive pair of sunglasses.

I run a travel styling company, Portavi, that helps people pack stylishly and comfortably for any trip they have coming up. Would love to work with you!

http://portavico.com/

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

great collection! i especially love the little white shift dress. xo jillian

Erin said...

Love!

Anonymous said...

I love this list! You could really use for any warm summer vacation destination. In fact, I'm using it as my packing guide for my trip to San Diego. :)

Christine said...

I keep coming back to look at this post....love all of the clothes and you've inspired me to up purchase a LWD (not eyelet, but a fraction of the anthro price) from Zara for my upcoming trip to southern ca. Will toss in some white jeans, jean shorts, a couple scarves and tops and I think I am good to go! Might stick with the margaritas though....:)

Dreaming of an Italian vacation!

Kimberly Olsen said...

Thank you for posting this! I am headed to Italy in just 2 weeks for my honeymoon and am working on my packing list as I type. Love all the suggestions. I just bought 2 maxi dresses this week.

xoxo, Kim
http://vintagemodernblog.blogspot.com

Joanna Goddard said...

kelsey, i love that. and thanks to anonymous for the tip about folding clothes!!

Joanna Goddard said...

"Brokey from Wiskokey" = i love that!! i've never heard that expression:):) yay for michiganders, midwest is best! :)

Janey Moore said...

Love the white eyelet dress! Everybody looks so good in white especially with a tan.

http://fiveminutefashions.blogspot.com/

CamMi Pham said...

I would always have
pearls
a little white dress
a little black dress
a wrap dress
basic tshirts in white, black and grey
black and nude pumps
flats
a clutch
an oversize bag
cardigan
scarf
a cocktail ring

That is for any trip
for beach I would add more summer and floral dresses/skirts. short. flip flop. Giant sunhat. sunglasses

X
Cammi
http://www.cammilicious.com

Alyson said...

Absolutely love this list! The sandals are now on my list for summer. What a steal, perfect camel. And, love your other recs here. THanks!!

Belle on Heels said...

Negronis were all I drank on my honeymoon. So yummy!!

Penny said...

We're going to Italy for a few weeks in September (and bring our soon-to-be two year old). I am actually compiling a list of things to bring right now!

Something I always pack is a pair of stretch skinny jeans (I like my William Rast Sienna Jeggings), which are perfectly comfortable for long flights and usually don't require washing as they hold their shape. And they are versatile. I always pack a few large lightweight scarves and one heavier shawl that I can use as a blanket.

A few people have mentioned cross-body bags and I have to throw my recommendation into the ring. I have a couple of Tano bags that can be worn on the shoulder or cross-body, which is essential when you're traveling or when you have a toddler.

I try to wear the bulkier items on the flight--for this one I will probably wear my ankle boots and lightweight leather jacket so I don't have to pack them.

For this trip, I am going to pack items like a one-piece swimsuit and loungwear (like a lightweight chemise) that can double as layering pieces during the day.

It's super tough when you want to look stylish but also don't want to over pack, you definitely have to strike a balance!

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Adam Li said...

Wow! This is such a great place to hang out and relax together with your special someone. Thanks for sharing this one. Happy weekend!
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4utea said...

I say DO! We never took a honeymoon, and mostly because we couldn't really afford it. We didn't register, either, but I think if you're asking for "stuff" why not ask for whatever you really want? If you don't need dishes, ask for a scooter ride in Roma! Why not?!
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Dianne Grover said...

I would definitely go for these luggage suggestions! Though reds are not my favorites, I can say they fit perfectly well for an Italian trip. I so love the gold bangles and that cardigan! The eyelet dress is awesome too. I can go anywhere like the flea market, walk past the beach, or have a night out just with that outfit. This post not only interests packer but movers Nebraska as well. Thanks a lot for inspiring!

In Nature said...

What about some light airy infinity scarves?

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