Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Fashionable New Yorker in Europe

The excitement of planning a trip comes with a dreadful anxiety of not being prepared. What should I pack?

One of my Fashionista friends is preparing for a fabulous 10 day trip to southern Europe this fall.
 Sophistication is in the Italian blood, and most Italians would unhesitatingly trade in comfort in order to achieve it. It is a nation that cherishes outward appearances. Its picturesque scenery and seascapes call for reciprocity on your looks. It is no wonder some of the world best designers are from this region (ie. Prada, Armani, Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, etc..).

When traveling to a fashion forward country, you always want to look your best.The wardrobe combinations are endless. This tends to cause internal conflict wishing you could pack your entire wardrobe to fit into a 50lbs luggage. This is a fashionista's biggest dilemma.

A good rule of thumb is always checking the weather of your destination before packing. It helps you narrow down the type of clothing you will need. In this case, the weather for Italy in September is still very comfortable. In the high 70s/low 80s.The next thing to consider is the excursions. What activities do you have planned? For example, when visiting churches/museums you will need  appropriate attire. It is wise to wear long pants/skirts and covered shoulders. Lastly, the length of the trip.

After much research and debates, it is safe to say that the climate and destination demand the following:

  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 neutral pair of Capri pants
  • 1 pair of comfortable sneakers
  • 2 cardigans ( neutral color and a bright color)
  • 1 light jacket
  • 3 pairs of shoes (ballerina flats, sandals, heels)
  • 2 ziploc bags of jewelry (earrings, bracelets and necklaces)
  • 3 mix and match bikinis
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 4 semi-casual tops
  • 2 sun dresses
  • 2 pashminas/scarves
  • 3 warm PJs (it gets cold at night)
  • 1 camera
  • Bug spray/Sun tan lotion
  • Make up bag
  • Crossbody bag
  • Evening bag
  • Electronics and chargers

Before you go, you should coordinate your outfits with jewelry and snap a quick picture. This will save you time and frustration, whilst remaining super fashionable. Remember, the less you pack the more room you will have for souvenirs and items purchased abroad.

P.S. undergarments and toiletries are a given. :)

Addio per ora la mia bella fashionista, Buon divertimento!


Fashionista622 said...

Thank you for the blog mention and for putting this together Mimi! xoxo

Marielys Quezada said...

Thanks for being my inspiration for this post. As I said in italian above , "goodbye for now my lovely fashionista, enjoy!" - Please report back with pictures and exciting stories from your trip :)

Fashionista622 said...

Will definitely bring back as many pictures as possible. Perhaps more inspiration is in store. :))

Eulalis Robles said...

seing this blog takes my mind on vacation

crt2102 said...

Thanks for the 'taking a picture idea', this is going to save me sooo much time. And love the luggage set :)

Marielys Quezada said...

Eulalis- yes its always great to let your mind wander to a beautiful place- glad you enjoyed it.

Crt2102- yes taking a pic will save you so much time- i learned that the hard way lol- Luggage set is by DVF, sold in Macy's and TJmaxx :-)

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