Ageless vacation style
It’s the first Tuesday of July which means Ageless Style Linkup. July means summer. Summer means vacation time. Thus, the theme is vacation style. Vacation style also means packing and dressing on a capsule wardrobe, which is the subject of this post.
Packing a vacation capsule wardrobe need some planing
To be able to create ageless style at your destination do some planning ahead of time. Ask yourself the following questions. Let the answers to them be your lead on defining which types of items you will need to pack to be covered for all possible dressing occasions without over-packing.
- What is the climatology for the destination in the month I am going there and what are the temperature and precipitation maxima and minima in that month? Remark: You need to pack for the possible weather range, not the climate mean!
- What kind of vacation is it? Beach, sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, road round trip, or country vacation all demand a different type of clothes. Check the links for special tips on the required types of clothing.
- How much time will I spend on which kind of activities?
- How long will you stay?
- Will you shop at the destination? If so, leave extra space in your baggage to not have to pay extra to get it home.
- Will the shopped items be just for home or part of your vacation wear?
To not make this a 5000 word post, I will assume a 1 week beach vacation for now. I will cover the other types of vacations latter this month, in further posts of my Wednesday Ageless Style Series.
Translating the answers into clothes to pack
Let’s assume that the climatology at the destination indicates a mean July temperature of 60F (15oC), a mean minimum temperature of 55F (12.8oC), and a mean maximum temperature of 66F (20oC)with a mean precipitation of 2.2 inch (data for Sylt, Germany). This means that you may need a cover-up for any activities in the early mornings and late evening.
Climate is the mean, but weather is what you get
However, you don’t live by mean values, but the actual weather. Thus, pull the medium range forecast (ECMWF is the best as that’s there specialty). If it is more towards the lower temperature pack more for that, if it is mixed plan for that, and if it is just a hot sunny week go more on the light side, but with a backup outfit on colder side in case of thunderstorms, for instance.
Keep in mind that beach vacations are always at the land-water boundary. This means that there can be a sea-breeze during the day and land breeze at night, i.e. it may be windy.
Pack beach wear for sunny and rainy days
When you spend most of your day at the beach you will need at least two bikinis or swimsuits a day as you probably don’t want you put on a wet swimsuit after having lunch. You also want a spare to not wear the same all the time and to wash the items in between. When you like to play beach volley ball add a T-shirt or two for that. When you love long beach walks on rainy days have a long rain jacket and rubber boots or booties on your packing list.
What to wear at the beach bar
The drink at the beach bar requires a beach dress/cover-up or a wrap skirt. Style it with a foldable sunhat. Don’t for get sunscreen and sunglasses. When you shop for beach clothes and swimsuits there are some that filter out UV light. This means your risk of sunburn under your swimsuit/bikini is reduced.
Plan for your vacation entertainment
When you love to browse the shops and malls along the beach, plan in a sundress. When you spend your evenings at the bar or dancing have a cute party dress in your baggage and some dance suitable shoes.
The right underwear is key to look posh
Of course, make sure not to forget the underwear. That cute party dress doesn’t look cute when it has not the right bra. It’s also not cute when you twirl and a thong shows.
Shopping when on vacation
When you shop at the destination go for a larger baggage than you actually need for the clothes you are taking on your trip. Be aware that you may not find the perfect item that you are looking for. Thus, when you are not 100% sure that you will find what you want you should pack a substitute for that item. Only when you are 100% you will get it there, you can leave it out.
Dresses are easy quasi instant style
Keep in mind that dresses are easy items with quasi instant style. Nevertheless, you can get more wear out of your vacation wardrobe when you decide on a color scheme. That way you can use a sweater, T-shirt or the cover-up over your dress to style it differently. The T-shirt, or sweater could be worn with the wrap skirt. A large sarong can be styled as cover-up, skirt or dress. You get the idea.
Pack accessories to up and change your looks
You also need a pair of sandals for your walk around town and some thongs for the pool/beach. To schlep your items (book, sunscreen, towel, beach towel, etc. back and forth you need a cute beach tote which may double as your personal item on the plane.
Speaking of towels, check whether you need to bring your own or whether you can rent them at the hotel at the destination. If not, or you prefer your own, take two beach towel and tow others when the beach is your main place to be. I like the beach tote in the photo below.
Accessories up your style also when on vacation
Don’t forget jewelry! The type of jewelry can take a dress from Bohemian to feminine in a minute. The accessories are your key to change your look and keep things interesting style wise. They allow you to look different every day with the same few items. See the example below how jewelry changed the look.
Wear the heaviest items on the plane
What you wear on the plane should be the heavier items that are on your list for the cool rainy days. This way you keep the weight of your baggage low and don’t have to pay overload fees.
Vacation outfit inspirations by the Ageless Style Linkup hostesses
What kind of vacation will you do this summer? Where will you go? Have you been there before? What will you pack? Let me know, I am curious.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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