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Maxi Dress
Vince
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The All Purpose Day Dress. Ideal for the flight, a maxi dress covers your legs for the plane, but then feels vacation ready the second you step off- whether the temperature is cooler or warmer, whether you hit the city right away or head for something more relaxed. And it’s just as comfortable as any pair of pants, if not more so. This rich shade of burgundy is so fresh and has a chambray inset on the back that brings in a bit of white (click through the ‘shop it’ button to check it out) –a very urban (and on trend) color combination for a chic vacation destination. Petite ladies, this is easy to shorten so don’t let that deter you from this effortless look that looks great with any kind of sandal or sneaker. It comes in XXS-XL, and since it’s from Vince, don’t forget that the fit will be loose and easy…and the quality will be great.
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06/23/2015

The Ladies’ Guide to Efficient Packing for That Big Summer Vacation

Summer’s officially here and you probably have your vacation planned. Unlike Spring Break, this trip can be a big one for many of us. There is a (at least slightly) more laid-back vibe at work, and if you have kids, they are out of school - and may be with you or at sleep away camp. So it’s the perfect time to really get away and have an adventure. According to U.S. News some of the best summer vacation spots are places like Paris and Nice, London, Mykonos, Barcelona, Montreal, Amsterdam, and Chicago (our hometown, so we’re not surprised to see it on the list). So whether you are heading overseas or staying in the US to explore a new city like New York, San Francisco or Seattle, there will be a lot of sightseeing and more varied activities than just hanging out on the beach. And that means one important thing to prep for it: efficient packing. Whether you are going to be really ambitious and shoot for just a carry-on (that’s 22”) or not, packing some key staple pieces that can be worn for different activities by mixing & matching will ensure there is enough room in your bag for your chargers, itineraries and all the other must-haves (including some space for the inevitable vacation shopping). A couple little packing tips we always like to share:
1. Fold and then roll your clothes. It actually helps reduce wrinkles.
2. Pack small things like socks or belts into your shoes – it saves space and helps your shoes stay shaped. And bring along a bag to separate dirty clothes. These kate spade new york ones are functional and cute.
3. Keep a travel umbrella in a pocket of your carry-on bag…you never know.
4. This isn’t a common tip, but if you are checking your bag, we suggest packing a spare set of undergarments in your carry-on. Let’s hope your luggage doesn’t get lost, but if it does, you’ll be happy you did.
On this note, wearing something on the plane that can easily transition to your new destination, while keeping you comfortable on the flight is key. So, check out these key pieces here and then head over to this week’s Fashion Finds, “20 Easy & Chic Summer Vacation Must-Haves”, for a comprehensive list of the essentials you’ll need to make your vacation a stylish one.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. We’d love to hear about any great summer travel plans!
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Sam Edelman - Giselle Beaded Sandals
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Sam Edelman - Giselle Beaded Sandals
Giselle Beaded Sandals
Sam Edelman
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The Cute – and Comfy - Sandals. These have that same urban and beach-right combination as the tote we’re featuring, and they are equally versatile for your jeans, casual pants, shorts, and an easy dress like the one featured here. Not only do the beading and haircalf details make them so stylish looking, they are comfortable for walking around town or just heading to the resort’s brunch buffet. They are at a great sale price through the ‘shop it’ button, but if they’ve already sold out of your size Zappos carries them, too. You’ll get fast and free shipping and returns on both sites.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/bags/PRDOVR~C5360/C5360.jsp
Banago™ - Malaya Tote
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Banago™ - Malaya Tote
Malaya Tote
Banago™
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The Tote. Of course, you need a great tote that you can use as carry-on bag, but also for day excursions where you might need to throw in an additional layer, sunglasses, itineraries, or want to have something to collect your shopping finds in. And a straw tote isn’t just for the beach, it’s a chic summer accessory that works in any urban setting, too – especially this season, with tribal inspiration being so important. This well-priced tote can hold it all, and unlike many woven bags like this, it’s fully lined and in a neutral color palette that works with everything.
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Sanctuary - Day Trip Jacket
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Sanctuary - Day Trip Jacket
Day Trip Jacket
Sanctuary
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The Light Layer. Sanctuary’s neutral olive jacket is less structured than a traditional outerwear piece in its super soft and drapey lyocell fabric, so it’s not bulky and it’s easy to layer – ideal for both travelling and days of ducking in and out of museums and shops, while you explore a new town. The cinched waist and sleeves that can be rolled up give it a polished finish that makes it look like it’s part of your outfit, not a jacket. It even gives some easy shape to the a-line maxidress in this travel day look. But you can also wear it uncinched, with the sleeves unrolled, for more of a true outerwear look that can layer over a sweater or any bulkier pieces you pack.
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YARNZ - Neotextile Scarf
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YARNZ - Neotextile Scarf
Neotextile Scarf
YARNZ
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The Always Useful Scarf. The combination of color in this scarf is perfect for packing on vacation. The rich burgundy obviously ties back to the featured maxi dress, while the combination of camel, white, denim-friendly blue, and pastel pink ensures this scarf will work with everything you bring. We always suggest sticking with a color palette that mixes-and-matches for vacation, and this will bring together a suitcase filled with sophisticated neutrals. The mix of patterns in this scarf (they can be seen in detail through the ‘shop it’ button), both beachy and graphic, work in any vacation setting. The luxe cashmere/silk fabric will keep you comfortable and protected from drafts – and the sale price will surely delight.
 

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