This Fashionista embodies everything I want to be when traveling. I recently went to Spain for a week and everything was amazing. By the end of the trip though, I was totally busted. In an attempt to fit everything I needed each day into an oversized tote bag, I had intense shoulder aches and my feet and ankles were not feeling the miles of walking each day. Most notable, however, was the unseasonal rain and cold front we encountered in Barcelona. I had brought one chunky knit and one thin, cotton jacket in anticipation of sunshine and warmth. Needless to say, I was not prepared for the weather and spent nearly everyday wearing the sweater stuffed underneath the jacket, barely able to lift my arms overhead. The moral of the story — find a way to be fashionable and functional with outerwear, especially when traveling.
This Fashionista proves to have struck an enviable balance between looking cool and dressing for transitional weather where I failed miserably. Her multi-textured coat is easily warm enough on sunny, breezy days and is also easily compatible with layering. But, she also looks effortlessly chic in all black.
I spend most of my life matching this Fashionista from the waist-down in dark skinny jeans and black Converse sneakers. Her commitment to an all-black ensemble from the coat to the glasses and hat is admirable. Not only can you never go wrong in black, but her outfit is a great one for traveling, especially if you are planning on being outdoors for a majority of the time. Her hat and shades keep her protected from the rays (sunny days do happen in London!) and her trainers keep her feet comfortable for trekking all over the city.
If you travel light, a black, oversized tote like this Fashionista’s is perfect for a day out. But, if you’re like me and always leave home with half of everything in your bathroom and kitchen, you might consider getting a cute printed backpack to help evenly distribute the weight across both shoulders — just beware of pick-pocketers! I have a plain, black backpack, but added enough Michael Jackson pins and Harry Potter key chains to it so it’s no longer boring.
Lastly, if you have to fit everything into a single bag when traveling, you probably want to re-wear whatever you’re wearing as bottoms to maximize bag space. Dark colored jeans and pants work best since they won’t show dirt as easily as light denim or those winter white pants. The key to traveling is to make sure everything you wear and pack is multi-functional. I’ll definitely be taking a hint from this Fashionista the next time I travel so I can feel less defeated and more comfortable on vacation.