To save on money, we only take a carry on when we travel. For most airlines that's enough, but when you travel cheap (I mean really cheap) the "carry on" they allow you to have is no bigger than a standard purse. So I've grown accustom to packing light whilst still remaining true to my everyday style.
And ever since I posted what I wore in Rome , I have received many questions on what I recommend to pack for trips to Italy. Obviously this varies on which region you are going to and what time of year, so I have collated my standard "vacation list" wardrobe options. Be aware- it's very small, but if you're curious about what to expect fashion wise, you can check out a fashionistas guide to Italy.
My top 4 Traveling in Style Options
#1. The Dress. I always pack dresses, short or long. The carefree ease of a dress on vacation (where I know we will all be eating a lot) makes everything more enjoyable and still put together. Plus this can be worn multiple days in multiple ways. I shop at Zara and Mango for these!
#2. Leather Jacket. If you are traveling in the high heat of summer this can be replaced by a lighter cardigan or kimono, anything that can cover your shoulders and arms for the necessary trips to beautiful basilicas and for protection from the weather elements.
#3. A Hat. I wear wool hats in the winter and straw hats in the summer, protect your skin and cover up day old dirty hair! Win win.
#4. Ballet flat/ sandal. They are comfortable enough to walk in whilst still looking stylish. Zara always has great options for the current season, every summer I go through a pair!