I’ll admit, I’m a habitual over-packer, but I’m getting better the more we travel! I’ve learned a few tricks, and I plan much better now! The first time we went to New York City, I struggled with what to pack–I didn’t want to stick out like the small town girl I am! So, I’ve come up with some tips on packing, and what to wear in NYC (and Boston, we are doing both in April)!
My biggest tip is to create a wardrobe capsule.
To do this, choose a few colors that are prominent in your wardrobe, and create outfits around them. For this trip, since we are going to NYC, of course I picked black–you’ll see everyone dressed in black there! Additionally, I added white, tan, olive, and touches of pink. All the pieces will work together, and I can create many outfits out of the few pieces I take. I also picked patterns that work well together: stripes, floral, and leopard print.
A few staples that are must haves, and the building blocks of a good capsule:
- casual jacket (I like denim, military, or moto styles)
- black leggings or pants
- scarves (in the prints you’ve chosen)
- a black cardigan
I like to choose tops that I can wear for casual adventures during the day, and again at night for dinner, drinks, and Broadway shows.
For example, this striped peplum top (from my girl, Anna, at Burlap, Corks, & Cuties Boutique) will be great for daytime sight-seeing, paired with jeans, bright accessories, casual shoes, and a sweater or jacket if needed. For a night out, I’ll trade my jeans for a pretty floral pencil skirt (This one is a LuLaRoe Cassie, which is super comfy!). I’ll swap my bright accessories for pretty neutrals, and add a dressier shoe.
Here are some of the casual outfits I have planned.
I’ll wear leggings and a tunic for traveling, with tall boots (I always wear boots on the plane rather than packing them in my suitcase!). Most of my daytime outfits consist of:
- a tee or tunic
- leggings or jeans
- a vest, jacket, or sweater.
You can see these outfits stick with my color palette and patterns, and that I could easily mix and match items.
My plan for what to wear in NYC and Boston at night will vary day to day.
I’ll decide each day, depending on what we do–If we are still sight-seeing and eating a casual dinner, I’ll most likely wear what I wore during the day. For the fancier nights out, I’ll take a few skirts and a little black dress.
This flowy midi skirt is a LuLaRoe Lola, and one of my favorite pieces in my closet! Again, with this outfit, I used the black long sleeved tee from above, and switched jeans for the skirt, and added a pretty lace vest (a LuLaRoe Joy). I could also wear this skirt with one of the black and white striped tees, a black silk top, or an olive tee and a black sweater.