Vacation style over 40
Of course, what to wear on your summer vacation or your “winter” vacation in the Tropics 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 low pressure systems dumping rain every 3 to 5 days or so. When you live in a rural area, you may lust for sightseeing and 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. When you live in Alaska, spending vacation in Mexico or Hawaii is on the top of the list. Getting out of the heavy clothes into some flip-flops, shorts and a cute top – vacation style. You get the idea. 😉
Since there are so many different types of vacations that all require different gear, a one post fits all vacations will not 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.Never wear new shoes for sightseeing unless you want blisters on your blisters. #sightseeing Click To Tweet
Vacation style does not mean frumpy
Go for comfortable casual items of high quality. You take a lot of photos and want to post them on social media, right? Thus, clothes that are broken, faded, too loose, shrunk, too tight aren’t clothes to pack for a vacation trip. Even when your pack for aurora watching, hiking, camping, or exploring the outdoors! Vacation is your best time of the year, why wouldn’t you want to dress nicely for yourself?
Even when vacationing in hot places have a jacket
Just because your destination is in a warm climate region doesn’t mean that you have warm weather all the time. Always pack a jacket. Not having one may ruin your vacation for as long as it takes you to find a warm jacket that you want to buy and keep, and not just fix a current problem. Thus, 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. They are 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.
On the sunny days, 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?
Off season may mean more rainy days
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 Jean boyfriend jeans, and Hunter rain boots J. Crew seesucker 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 Picasso sun glasses (all own)
Chica maxi dress, Collier de Chien belt, metal bag, straw hat, statement necklace, and Juicy Couture slides (all own)
Karina dress, Gucci bag, Moda International cardigan, medor watch (all own), and wood Musse & Cloud sandals c/o Coolway
Shein shirt, Orvis summer pants, Coach bag, statement belt (all own), sunglasses c/o Winkwood and bomber c/o Shein
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)
Liz Claiborne denim dress, statement belt, Tommy Hilfiger wedge sandals, Coach bag, Festina watch (all own), and wooden pineapple earrings c/o Green Tree Jewelry
Zaful knit dress, leggings,Keds, Notations white and black striped cardigan, Hermes shoulder purse, and statement necklace (all own)
Pack with outfits in mind
When I pack for the best time of the year, 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.
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