August 26, 2015

Guest Post | Summer Vacation Problems: How Not to Overpack!

Going on vacation is that one thing all of are looking forward to, especially if you are working crazy hours like I am most of the time! I always thought that people who were doing jobs they didn’t love were the ones so eagerly planning their summer escapades but the truth is, I am absolutely in love with what I do, but then again – vacation is all I am thinking about after months and months of hard work. I guess it’s the same with you.
Anyway, as a stylist I’ve learned that less is more, and always! Unless I am working on a carnival shoot, then I’m going to over-accessorize, over-dress, over-everything the models I am working with! Summer vacation is no time for over-anything except for over-indulging, so packing your summer essentials is a must!
Packing usually poses as a major problem when summer vacations are in question. I know you want to look ravishing and wear clothes that look wonderful with your tan but the truth is you have to be smart about how you pack because otherwise you’ll just end up stressed and want to give up the whole vacation. Over the years, I’ve worked with so many celebrities I cannot even count. And the thing they all have in common is money. This makes their fashion choices easier, traveling destinations richer and the amount of clothes they are going to bring pretty unimportant as most of them either travel by private jets so they can carry even a hundred suitcases if they like or they just do a little shopping when they get to their destination. Unless you’ve got huge amounts of money in the bank, this is no way to approach your summer packing. I’ll give you a few really useful advice that will cut the whole packing drama short and help you enjoy your wonderful, well-deserved holiday:

1. Make a list
All good plans start with a packing list. This helps prioritize and think through all the items you need. Put on paper all the items you were planning on bringing then reduce the list by half. You, as well as I, know that out of 30 pieces you were planning to bring, you’ll be wearing 6 of them, tops! So, be smart about the choices you’ll make and stay real. 
2. Photograph clothing combinations 
The best way not to overpack is to, before you pack anything and after you’ve put your list together, take photos of the combinations you will be wearing on your vacation. This way, you won’t start sweating with anxiety about what to wear when your hubby surprises you with a dinner in town! I advise my clients the same thing, and they always listen – this tactic never failed! 
3. Bring separates
Separates are an amazing way not to get overwhelmed with the number of items you are brining. If you have pieces that work great with several combinations, use that to your advantage. Also, always bring clothes that you KNOW you’ll be wearing. Forget about those pieces you think you’ll wear because, let’s face it, you won’t. It’s all about practicality of it – again!  
4. Don’t shy away from online shopping
If your budget allows it, you can save yourself the trouble of too much packing by simply deciding to do some online shopping on your vacation in case the opportunity presents itself.  For instance, if you meet a wealthy couple and you guys get all friendly, expect to be invited to their yacht for a party. You’ll need something great to wear, right? Right. Online shopping is great for this sort of emergencies – buying summer dresses online is pretty inexpensive and the clothes can be shipped within hours or the day tomorrow. I love that there is this option of online shopping!

Peter Minkoff is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. Graduated from Australian Institute Of Creative Design, he worked as a wardrobe assistant for Brisbane Fashion Festival. Combining all his skills and experience along with his complete and utter passion for fashion, he is planning to launch own independent styling business.

Thanks for this collaboration (already the second, yay!). If you like to read another article of him on my blog you can find it here.

Nati xx


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