A few of my favorite things this summer:
- Wearing sandals e v e r y w h e r e
- Turquoise toes & turquoise jewelry
- Wearing sundresses at least 50% of the time
- Lipstick for outdoor dinner dates
- Floating in a giant donut
- Small crossbody purses that allow for free hands
- It’s true, I would totally be okay with it if summer lasted forever.
I am not a great packer. So why would someone like me be writing a blog post on packing if I admit I’m not great at it? Well, because while I still may not be great at it, I’ve learned a lot and am a lot better than what I used to be. For example, back in college I spent a summer in Australia. Going there and coming back I packed two full-size suitcases. Sound excessive? It gets better. A lot of the space and weight were taken up by the shoes I brought… unfortunately I can’t remember the exact number of pairs now but there were approximately 12-15 pairs. Yes, that’s right. Some of them I never wore at all, some of them I only wore once or twice, and the rest I actually wore – I ended up wearing less than half of them regularly.
Thankfully, I truly have improved since then. This summer has been a good test of that – my husband and I have spent a total of three weeks traveling and I’ve loved every minute of it. However, it taken time and effort to pack well, especially for a long overseas trip we took earlier in the summer. I was determined not to have overweight luggage and not to overpack. It was mostly successful – there were some articles of clothing I didn’t end up wearing but I did wear every pair of shoes I brought (because I didn’t bring that many!) and the luggage wasn’t overweight going there or coming back, so overall it was a success. Here are some personal tips I implemented:
–How heavy is it? If it’s a lightweight article of clothing I’m not sure if I’ll wear or not, I’m more inclined to pack it just in case as opposed to a heavier weight article of clothing which will take up more weight and space.
–Do I just want to wear this, or will I actually wear this? For example, I’ve found that most of the dresses I pack for trips, while packed with good intentions, go unworn because they’re just not practical for a day of sightseeing.
–All shoes need to be good for lots and lots of walking – with two exceptions: dress shoes and flip flops. Any shoes outside of this rule can stay home.
–Pack pants over shorts. Not only are shorts less common in other countries, pants are usually a safer bet in case it’s cooler outside.
–When in doubt, don’t pack it!
-Pack a lot of solid colors for easy mix and match outfits that can be worn multiple ways over a long trip.
I’ve mentioned on this blog before that one of my dream jobs is to design for Nike (well specifically, to design for Nike for the NFL, but that’s another story). I closely follow their sports partnerships and am typically a fan of their combination of style, functionality, and innovation. I say typically because that was not the case with the dress they designed for female tennis players they paid to wear their apparel who were playing in the Wimbledon this year. It would appear that most of the players who had to wear it weren’t impressed, either. “When I was serving, it was coming up, and I felt like the dress was just everywhere. In general, it’s quite simple, the dress, but it felt like it was everywhere,” said Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.
The dress was pretty much as basic as it could be. It was an oversized white tank top. That’s it? Yes, that’s really it. That is the best that Nike designers could come up with, apparently. Tennis is a sport where female players choose form-fitting apparel that doesn’t hinder their movement, and they came up with a loose, long tank top as a tennis dress. Except it wasn’t quite long enough – before qualifying rounds ended, Nike had the players turn in their dresses for a brief alteration – sewing up the slits that were on both sides so they would actually be long enough to meet Wimbledon requirements. Several of the players went ahead and added their own temporary alterations, such as using a headband as a belt or wearing warmup gear over it, both with the intention of holding down the dress.
One dress Nike didn’t mess up though was their custom dress for winner Serena Williams. It was more fitted and matched her body, style, and powerful athleticism perfectly.