The holidays almost always include some sort of travel. It’s almost as much part of the wardrobe de jour as the holiday party dress and the ugly Christmas sweater. While most of you are probably set with a suitcase, the overnight travel bag or that large-enough-for-emergency-everything bag – and the polite, small clutch for clutch for life occasions – are often also needed. Make it distinct to avoid aunt Ethel accidentally making off with it and then gambling away your holiday Sephora stash at the next pinochle tournament in her retirement home. Well, if it’s distinct you’ll know Aunt Ethel’s kleptomania is not an accident.
The Travel Bag
My not-so-dirty secret? When I need travel stuff now, I just go to Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross, whichever is closest to where I happen to be at the time. I can reliably find decent quality luggage for way less than the college tuition prices it usually starts off at. If, however, your time or transit restrictions require you to shop for this online, your best bet is Overstock.com – which is essentially an online version of the aforementioned stores.
Remember those romantic lockets in old movies? You can get one yourself these days. From expensive jewelers to Michael’s Crafts, they’re everywhere. There’s also no law dictating only a boyfriend or child’s picture has to go in there. Alexander Skarsgard, anyone?
Cat prints are everywhere. While I can’t advise building a wardrobe around this plan (although at least one person I know is already there) it might be fun to add a goofy sweatshirt or a dress with a cat print!
It’s getting toward the end of summer – and likely, you’re socking back cash for fall (or even winter.) You don’t have to dig too deep to still get the most out of your summer duds. In some cases, all you need is a little duct tape!
There’s so much fabulous white out there. It may require Scotch guard to wear safely, but once you get past that hurdle, it’s fun!
Show off those curves in this elegant, figure-enhancing peplum dress, spun in structure…
2. Plaid Shoes If you don’t want to buy fancy plaid shoes, find an old pair and use plaid duct tape!
3. Ballerina flats If you still love yours from previous seasons, keep yours. If you feel a bit bored by them, experiment with some shoe art on them.
4. Short Stack Heels
5. Scarves Preferably on your head in the summer, though around your neck in the fall and winter works beautifully. Rosie the Riveter scarves look awesome – you can watch this tutorial if you want to give it a try.