Advice from an Expert... Packing for an Out-of-Town Event

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Posted on December 24 2016

As expert a packer as I like to think myself, I am facing the challenges of packing for a cross country trip, which includes an outdoor vineyard wedding and lots of southern California and Arizona sightseeing.  This is the ultimate test of dress-it-up, dress-it-down clothing and accessories!  I am determined to do the 11-day trip with nothing more than the Tumi International four-wheel traveler (which fits comfortably above the seat and doesn’t incur any extra fees) and a large tote that will hold my smaller handbag, lots of protein bars, and a fold-up tote for purchases and souvenirs.

...looks small doesn’t it?

What do I have in there? Lots of Porto clothing: the Juno dress in prussian blue with a persian blue flutter cardigan, to be dressed-up for the wedding and then dressed down for our evenings out and about;  black cargo pants (slightly cropped, go with any kind of top);  Tilda pants in prussian; and a pair of stretch twill black leggings.  The perfect breathable top will be the Porto modernist vest (in slate) and a Babetter mesh with 3/4 sleeves to allow for another way to wear the vest...

Can’t forget the workout clothes:  workout pants, sports bra, microfiber sports top, black workout sneakers that can double as hiking shoes and a swimsuit (can even use the Porto modernist vest as a swimsuit coverup).

Since there is plenty more room....I have “thrown” in a Babette hand pleated long dress in mushroom with a cream colored Babette ocean tunic (which adds a short sleeve over this long sleeveless dress).....and a Planet sleeveless jersey dress in taupe with the same-colored 3/4 sleeve to go over it when I want that coverage.

Still room for more: the Spirithouse Legacy dress with the Babette Red Dot scarf that completes it so well. Now that we are on to scarves: can’t forget my Ray Harris scarf in mink (which will go with everything and always offers the arm coverage) and a striped  cotton jersey scarf just to keep my neck warm when we are going in and out of air conditioning.

Almost forgot the shoes: Naot black platform sandal that can be dressy and comfortable, Gentle Souls sandals with their miraculously soft footbed, and a pair of Orthaheel sandals that will also serve as slippers. too. Will probably wear my old standby glittery black Tom’s -- comfortable and easy for airline security.

And there is still room in the suitcase! With a little thought, planning  and a collection of chic, versatile, easy care clothing and footwear -  you can pack "light" with pleasure and ease!

- Jane Roderick,  Style Consultant and Clad in Personal Shopper