“We know you’re a tourist…but you don’t have to dress like one”.
I am positive that many of you have heard this often or probably even said it if you happen to work in the fashion industry. For light travelers, sandals and Ufo pants might come as a great convenience but also compose a “I’m a tourist rob me” sign and if you are on one of those “work/tourism” trips you might want to reconsider your wardrobe. Packing is sure hell but why should your looks pay the price?
I have traveled quite a lot and I have dragged that big suitcase around in the most inconvenient situations possible and I have traveled light long enough to realize that my walking brown shoes do not match my lilac pencil skirt! After 5 years I realized that I was always giving myself two options; Either have an inconvenient trip or live with the embarrassment of mismatched clothes on very important meetings. Not only didn’t I want to live that way anymore but this was also making me look unprofessional, turning my travel experience form inconvenience to burden.
Like in everything, experience taught me best. It was only a matter of time before I realized that my savior came in a pastel box! How obvious! I have somehow mastered the art of light traveling when I realized that pastels go with everything and anything.
I didn’t need much in one backpack. Two pastel tops, one preferably black Pantalon (doesn’t dirty up fast), a bulky luminous necklace and an extra pair of jeans for hard cor city tours. The tops will look always preppy-chic matched with the Pantalon and the necklace will always bring that IT-factor to entire look. So if you happen to be in a reputably fashionable city like Paris you will no longer need to say “Oh! but I don’t have anything to wear to that place” and run to closest store to trim your look up.
The great think about this combo is that its a passepartout look; loose the necklace and you ready to go on with your site-seeing plans. As a tourist the “Casual and comfy” becomes a must specially in big Cities! Pastel colors can be easily turned from casual to chic without loosing your comfort.
In other words, Keep your clothing items casual and use accessories for some magic. Pastels happen to be perfect for such transformations because they go with everything and you don’t have to pack extra for styling purposes.
This is quite obvious but when we are faced with a spontaneous travel plan your styling expertise can terribly fail you under stress. After finally learning the obvious, I hope I saved you some time…and trouble.