Whether you’re flying or driving, the first rule of packing for the holidays is bring only what you need. Easier said than done, right? But when airlines force weight limits upon us, we really don’t want to be frantically sorting through our suitcases in the middle of the airport for what we can stuff into our carry-on bag. So, my number one tip to you is: Know your upcoming schedule of events, and pack outfits accordingly.
Getting there >> Wear your heaviest jacket and clunkiest boots on the plane. Yes, this can be a pain when it comes to stripping down for TSA agents, but it’s worth it when your luggage is a couple pounds lighter. It’s also a good idea to dress in layers because planes tend to be cold one minute and super stuffy the next. Wearing a jacket, a sweater, and a simple tank keeps you prepared for every eventuality. Don’t forget to bring your biggest purse and a useful backpack for all your essentials!
Casual at Home >> Sometimes our most cherished days are the ones we get to spend relaxing at home, curled up in a blanket with the fire crackling in the background. If you expect to have a few of those days this winter break, you can’t forget to pack cozy slippers, loose sweaters, and comfy stretch jeans. Why not throw in a couple items from the menswear department too? Whether you’re “borrowing” these from your boyfriend or purchasing them for their relaxed fit, thermals make for a great casual top. Effortless warmth.
Out on the Town >> When you’re home for the holidays, you’re bound to bump into old friends you haven’t seen in a while, and that creates a lot of pressure to look good when it’s time to go out together. As long as you stick to the staples — comfortable jeans, a loose-fitting chic top, and heeled booties — you’ll be ready for anything. Don’t forget to stay warm with a fur-trimmed jacket and a stylish hat/gloves set you can slip on and off as you see fit.
Christmas Day >> If you have a Christmas party to attend at night, keep your outfit simple, but be bold with statement pieces. Your look should be all about winter neutrals with a festive pop of red or burgundy. It could be a red bag or your nail polish, whatever works for you. Since we usually spend Christmas with family and loved ones, there’s no need for uncomfortable high heels. Give your feet some rest and slip into some charming high-top sneakers or clean leather boots.