Aloha! While I’m out in Maui this week, I asked a few blogger friends to help me keep things interesting here on LittleMissFearless.com. And since many of you may have an upcoming trip or vacation planned, I asked these stylish gals to spill their #airportstyle secrets for you (see a quick snap of mine here).
Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Brighton Keller from the personal style and lifestyle blog Brighton the Day. She is one of the sweetest and most genuine girls I have met in this fashion blogosphere, and her style perfectly reflects her charming personality.
Grab your notepad and jot down these great tips from Brighton on how to dress (stylish, comfortable, practical) when traveling.
What is your #airportstyle? How do you decide what to wear? Do you go for pure comfort, or plan for an IG-worthy #OOTD?
A little bit of both! Traveling always calls for comfort (of course!), but I definitely still like to look somewhat ‘put together’ or else I just feel off. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’m always freezing when I travel; so I’ll usually wear jeans or a long maxi and and bring along a sweater or scarf in case I get chilly. But to be honest, I think the main reason why I wear jeans/pants/maxi is because 9 times out of 10, I end up sitting on my legs and/or criss-cross-apple-sauce on the plane.
When overpacking is NOT an option, how do you decide what to leave behind?
The answer for me is almost always shoes. They’re heavy! And if I have to pack everything in a carry on, I’ll usually only pack two (versatile yet cute) pairs of wedges and/or boots; I’ll wear one and pack one. And then I’ll throw in a pair of flip flops or keds for good measure.
And then I’ll leave the blow dryer, choose one hair tool, and narrow down to the basics with my toiletries.
Outfits: How do you plan your outfits for your trip? Do you buy a whole new wardrobe for the week? Do you pack a variety of looks so you have options depending on mood, itinerary, etc.?
Buy a whole new wardrobe?! Wow! Wouldn’t that be nice!? I wish. Ha! I typically just throw in a bunch of basics – covering the usual outfit staples like jeans, tees, a belt, a scarf and maybe some dresses and/or skirts/shorts. I have my jewelry “of the moment” already inside a travel case just in general, so depending on how much wiggle room I have I’ll pick out my favorites or bring the whole thing. But I usually end up bringing the whole thing.
When it comes to planning things out, I don’t. And I always bring more options than days because what I wear is 100% dependent on my mood. I don’t plan outfits out because I love being able to actually create a look or outfit on the go, with the challenge of using what I have. I think it’s fun! And I sometimes come up with my favorite and most innovative ideas while traveling.
Any tips/tools for organizing and fitting as much as possible in your suitcase?
Yes! I’ve learned a few things along he way 😉 when packing boots, pack undies and accessories (like scarves or socks) inside them. You don’t want to waste that valuable space! Be mindful of intentional about your travel toiletries. Invest in a cute little organizer that you love and will be happy to bring along with you. Set aside a set of travel sized toiletries that you don’t mix with your everyday – I would even have a different razor, deodorant and the whole nine yards. This way you’ll never forget anything because it will always stay in one place! Oh, and don’t forget to pick up travel size hairspray too!
What are your top 3 cant-live-without items when traveling (aside from the obvi: toothbrush, phone charger, underwear, etc.)?
My round brush, my back up iPhone battery, and nature valley bars and/or snacks! I have to eat more than 3 times a day and get light headed if I wait too long between eating so I’ve always got 3-5 with me when I’m traveling!
What’s in your carry-on or handbag?
I always have a carry on AND a lo & sons that fits nicely on top of my rolling mini suitcase (my carry-on). Whatever handbag I’m carrying for that day, I’ll put it inside my carry-on because I don’t want to have to tote it around.