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Resort travel: Keep style simple, springlike

March 9, 2009

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Sunshine and warmer days are upon us — at least for that one golden week in March: spring break. Whether you have vacation time or not, planning a fun holiday wardrobe can make the week something to look forward to, even right here at home. Why shouldn’t you dress a bit exotic for your desk job?

So, the biggest tip (and, simultaneously, my most hypocritical advice yet): Pack light!

Choose black:

Black basics are easily mixed and matched, and they always look worldly and elegant. If you pack a pair of black trousers or shorts, a black camisole and a black skirt, other colorful pieces can be thrown on for a splash of color. Bring a bright cardigan — choose a monochromatic hue, a geometric print or a vibrant floral pattern to stand out. Also, either pack your favorite chunky necklace or scarf, or pick one up on a shopping excursion. By planning to purchase something wearable, it doubles as a functional souvenir and wardrobe staple. Just don’t bank on finding something completely necessary, such as the perfect-fitting swimsuit or a simple flowing black dress with pockets and halter straps and sequins that has to be reversible and machine washable! Finding specific items in foreign areas is tricky, so be prepared with a backup.

Shoes, shades, hats and hair:

Think of all the possible activities in which you may partake and make a list. Hopefully, you have activity-appropriate shoes in a minimum number — for example, one pair of exercise shoes (or comfortable walking shoes), one pair of casual shoes (flip-flops, flats, boat shoes, or boots, depending on your location), and a pair of dress shoes. But really folks, let’s be honest! Three pairs of shoes for one week? Yeah, right!

Pack two pair of cheap sunglasses, unless you have a knack for keeping track of your Ray-Bans. If possible, try to go natural with your hair for a week. It will be a time-saver. Bring a few products that you have tried out previously to create wave, volume, or shine without dryers, straighteners and irons. Wear your hair in a loose braid or a high, slick ponytail. When all else fails, a sunhat looks perfect at the beach.

Bring a large tote bag that can hold the day’s necessities. Pack this in your suitcase, fold it flat, and it will practically take up no room at all.

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