How to Pack Fashionably and Light

I am such an overpacker….

I tend to pack waaaay too much clothing. I can’t help it! I tend to over pack just in case; just in case I need a sweater because it’s going to be cold, or I need this extra shirt just in case something happens to the shirt I’m wearing, oor if my pants get dirty I have an extra pair, ooor you always need a little black dress just in case. These are some of the thoughts that go through my mind when I pack. I’m not the only one right??

But for this trip, I went outside my comfort zone and packed a lightweight, carry-on suitcase.

Here’s how!

1. Do your research: Look up what the weather is going to be like and figure out what you’re going to do. (Are you going to be exploring cities, lounging by the beach, climbing mountains, dancing, etc.)  Once you know this…

2. Plan, plan, plan: I enjoy planning (teacher life!), so this step was important for me and very fun. SO, decide what you plan on doing for each day. Next, pick out an outfit that you’ll be wearing for these days. (For this step, don’t worry about overpacking, just choose your desired wardrobe.) Then, look at the clothes you laid out and decide what you can wear multiple times. As you create your outfits that you can rewear, you’ll start putting some of that baggage back into the closet! Don’t feel uneasy about reusing your clothes. This is really going to help lessen your load. If something gets dirty, you can always wash it. Same goes with shoes, decide what shoes you can wear multiple times. Last, if you have some space in your suitcase, go for it and pack A FEW (not a whole new wardrobe, maximum TWO) more clothing items. But remember, we’re trying to pack light! 

3. Celebrate because that’s it! Easy right!? It may take some time to plan, but you’ll be satisfied with how little you have in your suitcase while looking stylish on your trip! 

 

This is how my suitcase looked. I Marie Kondo(d) my bag and was able to create two layers of all my things (undergarments, PJs, toiletries, and make-up included)! I even had room to store souvenirs in!

Now, here is how I styled my outfits on my adventurous trip to the East Coast with weightless luggage. 

Day 1

I flew in wearing workout pants, a sweater, and my Converse. I took a red eye and landed early Saturday morning. I changed and was ready for my road trip through the East Coast.

Walking down the streets of Portland, Maine

Being touristy and grabbing dinner at the Maine Diner (featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives) in Wells, Maine

Enjoying some ice cream at Big Daddy’s Ice Cream in Wells, Maine

Similar Plaid Top:

Macy’s 

Similar Jeans:

Urban Outfitters

Shoes:

Converse 

 

Day 2

It was the perfect day to wear my rain boot, a coat, and a cute dress. (With an umbrella in hand!)


Enjoying the misty view off the dock of Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Excited to see the many artsy schools in Providence, Rhode Island

Similar Dress:

Lulus

Jacket:

River Island

Rain boot:

Target

Umbrella (borrowed):

Muji

Day 3

I wore these cute cropped, high-waisted jeans again for my journey walking around Boston.

Taking in all the greenery in Boston, Massachusetts

Walking down the streets of Boston, Massachusetts

Sweater:

Old Navy

Jeans:

Urban Outfitters

Shoes:

Converse

Day 4

I decided to rewear my pink sweater from day 3 over a simple LBD (little black dress). I didn’t get a picture with my pink sweater, but I bought a Harvard sweater and decided to take a photo in it instead! I definitely had a Rory Gilmore moment and tricked my viewers on Instagram to think that I was attending Harvard. Sorry! 

Living my Rory Gilmore moment at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

So excited to see Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sweater:

Harvard

LBD:

Forever21

Rain boot:

Target

Day 5

I wore my athleisure wear from Day 1 on my flight back home. 

 

Rewearing clothes definitely helped me pack light and I was still able to create stylish outfits while using the same attire. Who knew packing light could be so easy!? I can’t wait to see how you all pack and style your outfits on your next trip! Have fun and happy Summer!

With Beauty, Grace, and Love 

 

 

 

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