I hate looking like a tourist. Or being under dressed. It's a huge pet peeve of mine. Two weeks from today I will be on a plane to Spain and I have no intention of being labeled a tourist. Granted, my blonde hair, blue eyes, and clearly non-Spanish skin will be a dead giveaway, but at least they won't know I'm American from my white tennis shoes and shorts. Spanish women do not wear shorts. Or ugly shoes for that matter.
In packing, I have a few requirements for each outfit:
1. It must lend itself to a variety of situations.
2. Each piece must interchange with at least one other outfit.
3. I have to be able to walk forever in it.
4. It doesn't wrinkle or it can pull off the "it's supposed to be wrinkled" look.
5. Must go with a jacket/wrap/scarf option from what I have already packed. (Especially important if you are visiting churches or religious sites where modesty is a must!)
Then there are the pieces that I wear regularly in "normal" life that become necessities when traveling.
*Jean jacket- I always wear mine with the collar popped and the sleeves cuffed. And mine has pockets. I instantly fall in love with anything made with pockets.
*A scarf or two. Or six. In various colors and weights. Perhaps a "lightweight summer scarf." (One day a 16 year old male student asked if the scarf I had on was a lightweight summer scarf. I couldn't help but laugh. Ohh high schoolers!)
*Drapey sweater - I LOVE these for airplanes. Pair this with a maxi dress and it's my idea of the perfect plane outfit.
*My ever-present sunglasses.
*Neutral metallic ballet flats - these can be dressed up or dressed down.
*Cross body bag with zippers - Mine is a camel colored leather. Must have zippers to deter pickpockets.
*TOMS - so comfy, so cute, so go-with-anything. Infinitely better than tennis shoes!
Do you have pieces you wear over and over again?
Next week I should have my packing list all done!