Vacation style over 40
Of course, what to wear on your summer vacation depends on your plans and where you go. Most of us dream of white empty, endless beaches and sunshine from after breakfast to sunset. At least when you live in the Westerlies with a low pressure system dumping rain every 3 to 5 days or so. When you live in a rural area, you may lust for visiting cities with their great cultural options, beautiful buildings, galleries, shopping malls, and museums. When you live in a city, your dream may be to hike a National Park or climb Denali, America’s highest peak for a change of scenery. You get the idea. 😉
Since there are so many different types of vacations that all require different gear a one post fits all will no do the trick. Therefore, let’s break it down and start with outfit inspirations for a city touring vacation.
City touring vacation style
Comfortable shoes are a must. When you are used to walk on heels, don’t make the mistake to go for flats when sightseeing. You will end up with sour calves. That’s why I wear rubber boots with heels in the outfit above. Instead go for some stylish comfortable wedge sandals or even stylish orthopedic shoes like the ones shown in the outfit inspirations below.
Never wear brand-new shoes when sightseeing or walking thru a museum or mall. New shoes may rub and you will end up with blisters that ruin your day and the next couple of days as well. Tweet about this.
Even when vacationing in hot places have a jacket
Go for comfortable casual items of high quality. Don’t forget a cover-up (cardigan, denim or other light jacket) that you can throw over in chilly museums or when it gets chilly in the evening. When you don’t need the jacket outside, knot it around your waist or neck. This way, you won’t risk loosing it and keep your hands free to google the map on your phone to find your destination, take pictures, buy subway tickets, or just drink your iced coffee on your marsh to the next see-worthy place. In addition, the knotted jacket ups your style. Share this style tip on twitter.
Best bags for city tours
Go for a cross-body bag or short shoulder bag. It is much more stylish and safer than a rucksack. It is front of you or under your arm, i.e. all time under your watch. Furthermore, you won’t risk to topple over an entire exhibition by accident when turning around. 😉
Plan for the weathers
Of course, you read the Wikipedia page section on the local climate of your destination. However, keep in mind that climate is the average weather over 30 years. Your trip, however, is reigned by the actual weather, not a statistical average (climate). Therefore, pack with the variability of the weather at the location in mind. Even in the rain season, the sun may come out once in a while, and in the dry season, you may have an intermediate wet week.
Protect your eyes
Therefore, don’t forget sunglasses and a hat that go with the vibe of your outfits. Always put on sun cream as well even when it is cloudy or you walk on the shady side of the street. The sunbeams get reflected everywhere in a city, on windows, on water, even on concrete. Thus, there is enough diffuse sunlight that can cause a sunburn. You don’t want age spots and add wrinkles, do you?
Warning: Never take a vacation with me. It is a guarantee to have rain. I once took a vacation in Morocco to tour the King’s cities and the Sahara desert. They hadn’t had rain in 3 years. Guess what? The plane landed and it purred. 😦
Another example was 1992. There were awful wildfires in California. My parents were at their retirement home in Dirkshorn, The Netherlands where they had no phone (on purpose). Thus, I wrote them a card saying that we would fly to California to extinguish the fires. My husband and I were just married and he said “Why are you writing such garbage to your parents? You didn’t take a job as a firefighter!” “You’ll see” I just responded. We landed in San Diego and it started to rain. 🙂
Be prepared for rain
I really like my packable Burberry trench coat for vacation and business travel alike. It is very light and folds very small so I can have it handy in my bag all the time. Of course, a foldable umbrella also does the trick. However, it has the disadvantage that you don’t have both hands free anymore.
Here are some visual inspiratiosn for ageless city touring vacation looks over 40.
T-shirt c/o Marine Layer with own Burberry Brit trench coat, Longchamp bag, London boyfriend jeans, and Hunter rain boots J. Crew seersucker pants with Oliveo linen shirt, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Kieselstein Cord belt, H buckle, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag (all own), and wooden watch c/o Jord
Sun dress with espadrilles and Paloma Piccasso sun glasses (all own)
Chica maxi dress, Collier de Chien belt, metal bag, straw hat, statement necklace, and Juicy Couture slides (all own)
City touring look: Spring bag c/o Olivia + Joy worn with own Anne Klein sweater, BCBG capris, Vigotti shoes, Jones New York cardigan, and pearl necklace
Ariana wedge slides c/o Vionic Shoes with own Liz Claiborne sweater, BCBG capri, Burberry bag, and Moda International cardigan
Double HH boots, Oliveo denim skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, college T-shirt, silk scarf and HH men’s raincoat (all own)
Casual sightseeing look with Moda International cardigan knotted at the waist, London BF, Longchamp pilage, Nicole sandals, Brooks Brothers sweater, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Festina watch (all own)
Pack with outfits in mind
When I pack for vacation, I stick to one or two neutral colors and two bright colors that work great side by side. I pick items that maximize my options to wear at minimum weight of the baggage.
Have you planned your vacation already? Where will you go? What will you pack? Have you already bought some new resort dresses? How do you style them? Let me know, I am curious. You can linkup your vacation style in addition to your outfits of the week at the Top of the World Style linkup party that goes live tomorrow.
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