I'd like to introduce you to my amazing (real-life, in-person) friend Meagan! We met oh so long ago right after we each had our second babies only a few weeks apart. At the time we both lived in Florida. Now we both live in Michigan (crazy, right?) and if I'm honest, Meagan is one of the reasons I started blogging. No joke!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog and I never miss a post because Meagan's got style, y'all. Like real style. She has a trendy, edgy look that I just love.
So, when I reached out about my vacation style sitch, Meagan gave me the low down on all things comfortable and fashionable for vacation. Check back in next week to see which of the looks (see the links in the text below for the different pieces she recommends) I chose, complete with vacation pics! I can't wait!
Here's Meagan from Because of Jackie!
Hello, friends! I'm honored to guest post here today for my great friend, Jennifer! When she asked me to help her choose clothes for her upcoming anniversary trip, I wanted to put together a list of things that were easy to buy, both time, convenience and budget wise. A bit about me: my name is Meagan and I have a personal style blog called Because of Jackie. I love dressing up and experimenting with my style, something that doesn't have to go away when you have kids (I've got two!) I've been lucky enough to travel a lot over the past ten years or so and I'd love to share my thoughts on how I pack and what I like to wear while traveling. I've created a packing routine for myself that has worked and I would LOVE to share it with you today. Let's get started!
white is really pretty and not THAT hard to keep clean), and I also like to wear a fun pair of patterned pants. They flow, you pair them with a simple and slouchy tee, and you'll look really pulled together and cute. As for tops, I love a simple v neck tee shirt in three basic colors: white, gray and black. I size up a couple of sizes for a looser and easier look and find they go with everything. Picking a similar color palette is one of the biggest things I do to make packing easier. Black, gray and white are easier, with brown accessories and pops of color in my accessories. This makes matching unnecessary and getting dressed so easy. I love wearing black with brown a lot, too, as I think it is a bit off, something that makes an outfit more interesting in my opinion. I also like to wear one color head to toe as well, it looks pulled together with little to no effort (my favorite kind of look!)
When it comes to footwear there are a couple of cute (and comfortable!) options out there. I love a pair of simple sandals for light walking days. I have a pair I bought at Target last year in brown (similar) that really do look great with dresses, by the pool, or out to a casual dinner. For days when there is a lot of walking, I suggest either going with a pair of lightweight white sneakers, like Converse, or you could even invest in a pair of black Birkenstock's, which happen to be really trendy this year (which is funny, because when are comfortable shoes ever trendy?) I'm not a big fan of workout/athletic shoes when traveling, but I'm also the type of person who ends the days with aching feet, so take my advice with a grain of salt;)
A couple of other items I love to pack for trips? Printed maxi skirts (can be worn with slouchy tanks and a bathing suit), a denim jacket for chilly evenings, denim shorts for everything from days at the pool to sightseeing, and a great hat. I love packing items that can be worn multiple ways and are comfortable. Surprisingly enough, I'm not sure a vacation is the place where we need to be our trendiest and most fashionable selves. I think making an effort is great, but by packing items and accessories that look put together and make getting dressed easier, you can make the most of your time away. I love bringing fun and different accessories with me to jazz up an otherwise boring look. I'm a big fan of funky sunglasses, headbands, a wristful of beaded bracelets, and cool necklaces. Other that that I keep it fairly simple and tend to only pack a carry on with me as my children get the bigger suitcases now (oh, how times have changed!)
My last bit of advice? Warm weather vacations call for a cute bathing suit and there are so many fun options right now. When I'm traveling with just my husband I like to wear a sassy little bikini, but I also enjoy a retro one piece as well. I think the benefit of a one piece is that they double as a top under a skirt or shorts. Modcloth has awesome retro options (polka dots!), as does Target (cute mint halter!) I am currently obsessed with this Kingdom and State striped suit as well, and really enjoy the look of a retro, high waisted bikini. Love! Toss on a panama hat and and cute sandals (plus a sassy little coverup!), and you will be set.
That's it! I hope I haven't stunned you into a coma with that long winded bit of writing, and I hope I helped a little when it comes to packing and looking stylish while on vacation. The only thing left to do is now is to convince Jennifer to take me along on her vacation with her hubby (that wouldn't be TOO awkward, right?)