A Stylist’s Guide To Packing Light And Travelling Fashionably

Sharing with us her sound suitcase-related advice is award-winning Personal Stylist Anna Mabin, who has provided a simple step-by-step guide to packing light and travelling in style.

One holiday planned, two tickets booked, a 25kg luggage limit and you’re nearly ready for your next adventure. The packing stage, however, can be arduous particularly for those who consider themselves (or would like to be) a little fashion-forward. Notwithstanding are the men whose packing is typically left to the last minute, meaning any mention of fashion falls to the wayside.

Sharing with us her sound suitcase-related advice is award-winning Personal Stylist Anna Mabin, who has provided a simple step-by-step guide to packing light and travelling in style.

Make a plan

Don't neglect to check the climate and weather forecast at your destination and if you're going on a guided trip, read your itinerary thoroughly. With this knowledge you can plan your outfits accordingly and be certain they're practical. Think of whole outfits (shoes, bag, accessories) by laying what you have out on the bed and checking you have the right shoes and accessories to go with each outfit. To get the mix right of practical and stylish, go for 80% super versatile pieces and 20% statement.

Furthermore, I'm a planner who likes to buy a few key items appropriate for the trip if I need them, but the real fun can be found in buying unique pieces whilst holidaying that you don't have access to at home. So leave some room in your suitcase.

Six fashion essentials for travelling

1. You don’t have to sacrifice your style for comfortable footwear when travelling. Invest in a white/nude/metallic trainer or a platform trainer or sandal as they will keep your feet comfortable and have you looking stylish with your athleisure travel attire. You could also try a print (snake skin is trending this season) to contrast a neutral toned or all black outfit. For inspiration, check out Joanna Lumley's footwear style in her Silk Road Adventure documentary. For the men? A smart casual shoe (that isn't sporty/adventurous) that you can wear with dress shorts and a relaxed button up shirt is useful if you're going to a warmer climate. If you're travelling to a cooler climate, try a different coloured trouser/chino to mix your usual look up.

Stylist's Guide to packing

2. You will never regret packing a stylish crossbody bag that compliments the footwear you pack. Getting this right essentially means you already have each day's look complete.

3. It is possible to make comfy, loose fitting pants look stylish. Team them with a sophisticated top and some bold footwear such as a small heeled boot and jacket or a statement trainer.

4. It’s also always fun to pack a print that’s holiday theme appropriate, for both men and women. If you're going to pack prints, make sure you have a few plain options to pair these with and vice versa. Also, check fabrics and if you're going to a destination that may not have an iron, avoid clothes that crush easily.

 

Stylist's Guide to packing

 

5. Next you will need to pack a hat, especially if you're going somewhere during the summer months. Rigon Headwear, do great male and female hats that you can hand wash and pack in a suitcase without worrying about it crushing, as they go back to their original shape once unpacked.

 

Stylist's Guide to packing

6. Finally, the ladies should invest in a good lightweight scarf. Tie it around your neck or on to your crossbody bag if your outfit needs an extra pop. I recommend making sure the print you choose also goes with your athleisure wear so you can wrap it around yourself for extra warmth while on the plane/in an airport. I see many wardrobes that house more scarves than needed, and more often than not, there are only two or three that actually go with the majority of the wardrobe and compliment the skin tone. For the gentlemen, a woolen scarf in a bold tone, can add a strong element of style (and warmth!). The key is in the way it’s tied; it isn’t a necktie so keep it loose and ensure that the rest of the outfit is simple enough to let the scarf speak for itself.

 

Stylist's Guide to packing