Heading out of town for a week or two this summer, but can’t decide what clothing to take with you? If you’re guilty of over-packing for vacation, then this morning’s Colorado Best segment is for you. Cherry picking your closet for a getaway doesn’t mean stashing as much as possible into your suitcase. The two essential elements to remember when packing for vacation are to keep to a tight color story and work a consistent proportion.
Although it’s perfectly fine to mix and match a variety of colors, cuts and shapes in your wardrobe, vacation packing requires a tight edit (after all, we are talking about a finite amount of suitcase room). Plus, there’s the issue of shoes – a space-sucking accessory. So assuming that you want to do some shopping once you reach your destination, pick pant and/or skirt shapes that work with one or two (max!) pairs of shoes. Everything in this minimalist-inspired wardrobe can be paired with either a flat (I would go with a red, closed-toe mule) and a block-heel sandal.
So here's my lineup of effortless pieces, that are easy to wear alone or layered up. Their modern silhouettes and high quality fabrics are stylish, regardless of whether you’re going to Hong Kong or the French countryside. And the best thing about this wardrobe? Any size can wear it.
Every wardrobe needs a top that’s sexy enough to fit the “evening” category, but can still be worn during the day. This lavender camisole does just that. Layer it under the mesh T or jacket for daytime, and at night wear it alone paired with the red pants or black pants, depending on your mood. Nili Lotan silk camisole, $235, MAX
If everything in your mini-wardrobe is a basic, you’ll be bored to tears getting dressed by your second day of vacay. This feminine take on a classic muscle T-shirt with its ruffle detail will help you avoid any wardrobe meltdowns. Raquel Allegra silk tie dye ruffle muscle tee, $345, MAX
Graphic T-shirts are on-trend for Spring 2018, but skip the vapid sayings and 80s throwbacks, and instead pick something colorful and visually interesting. Raquel Allegra cotton T-shirt $140, MAX
This mesh, multi-color striped T-shirt actually ties this entire wardrobe together. Layer it over a camisole, tank top, or cotton T-shirt. Plus, it can even do double duty as a swimsuit cover-up. Reality Studio mesh Scooter T-shirt, $130, available at Coucou
A sweater is a vacay essential in case the weather suddenly changes or you just need an extra layer in the evenings. I decided to go with an embroidered sweatshirt by Henrik Vibskov with it's playful update on the Yin Yang symbol; it's perfect on it’s own or even layered over a dress. Henrik Vibskov Wing Wang cotton sweatshirt, $280, Coucou
I may be on my own on this one, but I always travel with a jacket. It’s a great way to polish up any outfit if you have to attend an impromptu meeting (hey, you never know!), need a little extra polish for a last-minute event or need to cover your arms while touring a religious institution (like the Vatican). Raquel Allegra rayon jacket (shown in black), $440, MAX
Alternate: This lineup is by no means absolute, so take liberties where you need to in order to make it work with your wardrobe. Another idea would be to incorporate a blouse and take out one of the tees or the jacket. This playful polka dot one by Kurt Lyle comes with its own ruffle caplet. Kurt Lyle polyester polka dot blouse, $235, Coucou
Keep your vacay wardrobe multi-functional, but still interesting by replacing your standard denim with a pair of casual, cotton pants in a bright hue. As long as they work back to the rest of your wardrobe, they’ll be your new go-to. Nili Lotan cotton twill pant, $300, MAX
These satin pants strike the perfect balance with their combination of a relaxed silhouette and luxurious fabric, making them easy to dress up or down. Pair them with a kitten- or block-heel sandal or mule so they hit at just the right length. Racquel Allegra satin fray pant (shown in black), $395, MAX
Alternate: If you want to pack an extra bottom and skip a dress, pack a pair of statement jeans like this wide leg version by Won Hundred. Won Hundred Sadie stretch cotton jeans, $119, Coucou
A shirtdress style – pick a straight one rather than a wide A-line shape - is a great piece to incorporate into your getaway wardrobe, because you can wear it alone, as a jacket or even layered over a slip dress. This one by Won Hundred has a slightly oversized silhouette and clean lines. Won Hundred Kaira viscose zip dress $99, Coucou