How to: Pack for a City break

For the longest time, I was the worst packer. I always end up taking too many clothes or too little (when I was pushed by my hubby to take only ONE piece of luggage!) I often took the wrong type of clothes, missed on another type completely and it always ends up with me shopping from wherever we go for more suitable clothes.


Through doing my homework, I got to reach the perfect formula of traveling light but yet in style. Follow the simple guide from C&G below for a lighter and better styled wardrobe in your next trip!

Before we start, Here are some basic rules

How to switch your look completely by changing one piece. Look#1: Working Girl

How to switch your look completely by changing one piece.
Look#1:
Working Girl

  • Always Opt for a neutral colors such as: Grey, Black, White and Beige. Those are very easy to style with accessories in endless ways
  • Play with scarves and jewelry to style up an outfit or style it down. Those are also easier to carry than entire outfits.
  • Instead of changing your outfit between day and evening completely, think about how you would wear one outfit in different ways. For ex.: go for the Leather black pants, with the button-down shirt, flats and a scarf in the morning. To switch for the evening swap your flats for heels and the scarf for some pop accessories (Cool necklace and earrings), let your hair down and add a darker lip color. (Check pictures in the articles for some inspiration on this one)
  • Use the little black dress as a chance to dress it in different ways, either with layers in the morning or with dressy shoes and a pop handbag for the evenings.

Pants

How to switch your look completely by changing one piece. Look#2: Street Style, Casual Chic

How to switch your look completely by changing one piece.
Look#2: Street Style, Casual Chic

  • A good pair of jeans (My favorite is the high waist pair from Forever 21)
  • A pair of Leather pants (Tons available from River Island, Zara and New Look)
  • A pair of Dressy pants (Loving this Jogger Celine)

Tops

  • A white tee, could be styled in endless ways
  • A dressy top (Go for sequins or a crop top)
  • Your favorite button-down shirt
  • A casual top
How to switch your look completely by changing one piece. Look#3: Dinner and a Night Out

How to switch your look completely by changing one piece.
Look#3: Dinner and a Night Out

Outwear 

  • A Little Black dress (to be dressed down or up)
  • A jacket
  • A sweater
  • A coat (depending on the weather)

Accessories

  • A pair of flat shoes
  • A pair of day shoes (medium heeled)
  • A pair of dressy heels (My favorite is the classic black Manolo Blahnik's)
  • A day bag (preferably a tote or a cross bag)
  • An evening bag (A pop clutch to revive any look)
  • A scarf (Colorful or neutral)
  • 2 Necklaces and a few earrings
Make Up Bag Staples

Make Up Bag Staples

Make-up

  • Good foundation
  • A Smokey eyeshadow palette
  • A day eyeshadow palette (I would def. recommend NAKED EyeShadow Palette)
  • A light lip color (NARS has tons of neutral lip colors)
  • A darker lip color (I always go for Blood Red from Chanel Matt collection)
  • A good eyeliner (I go for Bobbie brown, gel eyeliner)
  • A super mascara (BeniFit)

General Rules

  • Opt for a neutral colors such as: Grey, Black, White and Beige. Those are very easy to style with accessories in endless ways
  • Play with scarves and jewelry to style up an outfit or style it down. Those are also easier to carry than entire outfits.
  • Instead of changing your outfit between day and evening completely, think about how you would wear one outfit in different ways. For ex.: go for the Leather black pants, with the button-down shirt, flats and a scarf in the morning. To switch for the evening swap your flats for heels and the scarf for some pop accessories (Cool necklace and earrings), let your hair down and add a darker lip color.
  • Use the little black dress as a chance to dress it in different ways, either with layers in the morning or with dressy shoes and a pop handbag for the evenings.

 

Do you have any other travel packing tips? Share below!

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