we are talking about all things travel this month on the blog and we are continuing today with another cool-weather destination outfit. not all trips taken during winter need to be warm-weather holidays. a short (or long!) trip to wintry place is a wonderful getaway. maybe it’s a ski trip or a weekend trip to a nearby town—whatever the case may be, February is a great time to break up the winter doldrums with a change of scenery. and a little polka dotted preppy fun is a great way to kiss the winter blues goodbye.
today’s outfit is great for mild-to-cool weather travel. i have a classic white button-up and a polka dot sweater that can each be worn alone, to create two other outfits on my trip – so, three outfit options with these two items. the blazer can go multiple ways as well: it can go over a dress for an evening out, it can even go as a second layer under a puffer or overcoat if it’s really cold.
girlfriend jeans are comfortable for a long day of wear and will go with multiple top combinations to make for easy packing. comfortable loafers from J.Crew add polish and can also get a lot of mileage with multiple outfits. if it’s too chilly for loafers, booties would also work with this ensemble.
the leather Boss Bag (on sale right now!) is from Everlane. i have been loving this bag lately – it’s so roomy (think: an extra sweater or scarf, water bottle, magazines, wallet–even a tablet!), it has a zipper closure (great for security while traveling), and the strap will fit over my shoulder for easy hands-free carrying as i tour a city or do some shopping. it might just be the perfect bag to take on a trip.
packing for a cold-weather destination can be tricky, especially if it’s a short trip and you want to keep your packing to a carry-on. you want to pack items that will be warm enough, and these items are going to be bulky and take up a lot of space in your luggage. yesterday i wore a pea coat which is a great option for a chilly destination, and as i mentioned, you would want to wear this on the plane, and save the space in your luggage.
my best advice for cold-weather packing is to focus on layering. plan your outfits based on the combinations you can create with multiple layers. you can plan a couple layered outfits and then remix them to get a couple more outfits. this way you can maximize your luggage space. a big consideration for your packing are the activities you have planned. so think about this as you are planning your layering options. packing for a ski trip will look a lot different than packing for a weekend walking around a city, for instance.
well ladies, whether you are planning a long trip or a short day trip, i hope you are able to take some time this February to get away from the day-to-day and enjoy the beauty winter can bring.
happy Wednesday! go out there and put a smile on someone’s face – including your own!
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