So I've just returned from my month-long jaunt overseas, which was fabulous, thank you for asking. And I've learnt a thing or two, especially about travelling with a small baby, or more to the point, packing with a small baby.
For what's a fashion gal like myself to do when I'm toting little Anaïs around the globe, but am only allowed an extra 10kg for the baby - half of which is taken up by the travel cot? I had to seriously condense my normal, chuck-it-all-in-just-in-case packing style into a very well thought out, select few pieces that had to take me from cold to hot and casual to dressy. I ended up with less than half of what I normally would pack, to make room for Anaïs' sheets, towels, blankets, extra clothes, toys etc (oh the things you need when you have a child!).
So here they are, my edit of the absolute essentials you need whilst travelling. I built from this base adding tees, singlets and a few skirts. From the left:
1) A white shirt, mine is by Equipment.
This is great for either plane travel from destination to destination, or to cover up when necessary - like if you're in a muslim country (like I was in Morocco for example). It works for day with a pair of shorts or at night with jeans or a skirt.
2) A maxi dress, mine is a black Natasha.
Do not, I repeat, do not forget to take a maxi dress. It can work in both hot and cold weather, depending on your coverup, and is a comfortable way to look fabulous in an instant. Either a print or a plain, whichever takes your fancy. I must admit, this isn't the only one I took, just the only one that fit in this photo! I also had a black and white silky one with me.
3) A going-out bag, mine is Estilo.
Years ago, before I was a seasoned packer, I used to forget to pack a clutch or a small bag that will suffice for restaurants, clubs, dancing or any other night time activity, but never again. There's nothing worse than carrying your ginormous day bag out at night - so NOT chic.
4) A cashmere cardigan, mine is Bowie
What would I have done without this cardi? Simply put, I don't know, because I wore it almost every day. Cashmere is the perfect fabric to take away - lightweight, thin, but extremely warm and always looks polished - it's the nature of the fabric. Pricey, but oh, so worth it. This one worked over every outfit plus was also great for travelling and wrapping Anaïs in when the weather surprised me.
5) A pretty top, mine is Natasha.
Besides the bunch of day singlets and tees, I always pack something a little prettier that can double for day and night, for restaurants or shopping, for that extra glam factor. A cream lace number like this can be worn with skirts or jeans and always gets a comment or two.
6) The low wedges, mine are Sam Edelman
This heel height is my new best friend. Perfect to wear out to lunch or the pub with a jean or a dress, they make the most casual outfit seem that little bit more pulled together and are good when you need to walk distances. When you don't want to wear a huge shoe but still need some height, this is the heel to watch.
7) A pair of dark denim jeans, mine are Joe's Jeans
I say dark denim because they are dressier than light, and therefore work in most situations. Needless to say I took two other pairs of jeans with me, but these were the most versatile because they look glamorous with a pretty top (see above) but also work with a striped singlet for day.
8) A dressy dress, mine is Friend of Mine
You always want something a little glam to wear out dancing or to dinner. There's nothing like traipsing a city in your thongs, to then shower and change into a slinky number and remind yourself that you do scrub up well. A must for every suitcase.
9) A flattering day dress, mine is Seventh Wonderland
It's a bright colour, it's fun, it can work for night, or a swimsuit coverup or a shopping trip, and it's always going to make you feel cute.
10) The ripped denim shorts, mine are Nobody denim
Need I even explain the importance of the denim short? Perfect for every day, they work for sightseeing, traipsing through shops or markets, and the beach. Wear with low wedges for a more polished look and take opaques if you think the weather might turn.
11) High wedges, mine are Chloe
Wedges practically spell holiday, as far as I'm concerned. What better way to show off tanned legs than in a pair of huge wedges? None. They work casually or for a big night out and are always included in my suitcase.
Got any great additions that I could have done with whilst away? Share!