11 must-pack fashion items to look effortlessly stylish during your travels

11 must-pack fashion items to look effortlessly stylish during your travels

Okay, be honest: how many of you pack anything besides jeans and t-shirts? Perhaps the occasional dress for an #OOTD opportunity? If you’re looking to shake up your style and try out different looks, then your next holiday is the best time to experiment with new outfits!

Here’s a cheatsheet with some must-haves you should pack in your bag so you can easily mix and match outfits during your travels:

1. Tops

ZALORA BASICS Keyhole Top
ZALORA BASICS Keyhole Top

Simple, basic tops such as this one are the perfect staples for build your outfit on. To make it easier for you to mix and match, keep to neutral colors or similar color palettes, such as pastels.

PRO-TIP: Plan your travel wardrobe around a specific color story – a color scheme comprising complementary colors.

2. Trousers

ZALORA BASICS Basic Elastic Waistband Culottes
ZALORA BASICS Basic Elastic Waistband Culottes

Loose, wide-legged trousers such as culottes are hot-ticket items at the moment, and best of all, they offer plenty of room to move around for when you need to get from Point A to Point B to Point C in your itinerary.

3. Skirts or shorts

ZALORA BASICS Basic Pelmet Skirt (left); ZALORA BASICS Basic Self Tie Shorts (right)
ZALORA BASICS Basic Pelmet Skirt (left); ZALORA BASICS Basic Self Tie Shorts (right)

If you’re going somewhere with warm, sunny weather, you may want to bring along a skirt or a pair of shorts to give your legs some breathing space.

PRO-TIP: It’s easy to overlook, but don’t forget to slather sunscreen – and if necessary, insect repellant – on your legs. You can thank us later.

4. Cardigan or jacket

ZALORA BASICS Waterfall Jacket (left); ZALORA BASICS Denim Trucker Jacket (right)
ZALORA BASICS Waterfall Jacket (left); ZALORA BASICS Denim Trucker Jacket (right)

Feeling a bit chilly? Make sure you have a cardigan or light jacket to keep warm, especially if you’re traveling somewhere during the autumn season. Jackets are also a great way to pep up your OOTD.

5. Sundress

SOMETHING BORROWED Double Layer Cold Shoulder Dress
SOMETHING BORROWED Double Layer Cold Shoulder Dress

Planning to take some lovely glamor shots for Instagram during your trip? A striking sundress is one of the best ways to look stylish without much effort on your part. Bright, cheerful colors and patterns are great, as are flowy maxi dresses. However, if you need to dress up for a night out, you can never go wrong with a Little Black Dress.

6. Bag

SOMETIME INSPIRED BY NEELOFA Lofarbag Mini
SOMETIME INSPIRED BY NEELOFA Lofarbag Mini

You’ll need a small bag or purse to keep your essentials as you zip around from one place to another during your travels, so why not go with something classy like this mini? Its wide, adjustable strap makes it a cinch to carry around.

7. Hat

RUBI Open Weave Boater Hat
RUBI Open Weave Boater Hat

Keep the sun off your face with this open-weave boater hat, which allows for plenty of air circulation so your head can stay cool.

8. Slip-ons

SOMETHING BORROWED Slip Ons With Embroidery Detail
SOMETHING BORROWED Slip Ons With Embroidery Detail

A multi-purpose pair of slip-on shoes will go a long way, especially when you’re going through security at the airport. (You haven’t experienced stress and anxiety until you hold up a line at security as you hurriedly take off a pair of boots, with everyone throwing you annoyed looks.) You’ll be doing a lot of walking as well, so they’d better be comfortable! This pair, with an eye-catching embroidery detail, adds a bit of ‘pop’ to your look.

9. Sandals

RUBI Everyday Banting Crossover Scandals
RUBI Everyday Banting Crossover Scandals

Going somewhere warm and sandy? You’ll definitely want to pack a pair of sandals, as knocking sand out of your covered shoes is a bit tedious and never-ending. This cute pair will go well with any outfit!

10. Sunglasses

RAY-BAN Aviator Large Metal RB3025 Polarized Sunglasses
RAY-BAN Aviator Large Metal RB3025 Polarized Sunglasses

If the sun keeps getting in your eyes, all you need is a pair of chic sunnies to add a touch of mystery and sophistication to your style. Try these Aviators on for size!

11. Statement Jewelry

RED’S REVENGE Micro Bead Patterned Tassel Statement Earrings
RED’S REVENGE Micro Bead Patterned Tassel Statement Earrings

Last – but certainly not least – add the finishing touch to your look with some statement jewelry, such as these pretty beaded earrings.


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