Now that we’ve discussed meeting boys on the road let’s talk about the other things in life that can’t be forgotten while traveling: fashion. Looking fashionable is always desirable however I often, when beginning to travel, found it difficult to “keep up” with trends as I carried 2 pairs of pants and 5 t-shirts. Not quite so fashionable. Then I realized the best part about traveling: you have the opportunity to find pieces that no one else will be wearing or perhaps consider wearing and which not only make you look smashing, they’re easily transportable and useful with more than one outfit. I’ve found that one of the most important things about packing for travel comes down to the shoes you bring; after all, regardless of your destination you’ll definitely be doing a lot of walking.

Let’s take a look at ways to take risks, pep up your style and inspire others by setting your OWN trends.

My first tip: Don’t hesitate to try it on.

28347_565256793895_20400260_33135933_2912377_n

You think you’ll look ridiculous in glitter or beads? Don’t trip out, just put it on. If you feel weird after strutting your stuff in front of the mirror or something tugging a little to tight on your back or shoulders then put it down. If not, maybe it’s best to bargain hunt and pick up things you might never think of. This is the first step you must take in order to set your own trends.

My second tip: Suede or (ultra)SUEDE.

291191682_tp

Don’t be afraid of this fabric: I was for a brief period of time and now I can’t get enough. Just be aware: when it comes to rain TAKE CARE. As Jerry Seinfeld once famously said, ”Now why does moisture ruin leather? I don’t get this. Aren’t cows outside most of the time? When it’s raining, do cows go up to the farmhouse? ‘Let us in! We’re all wearing leather! Open the door! We’re going to ruin the whole outfit!”

With that in mind… the suggestion to wear suede is coming from the girl who has dropped the iPhone, broken the camera, and never fails to trip over the glass of water sitting in the middle of the room.

I won’t pretend that I’m saving any lives when I go out, almost weekly, in suede ballet flats. There are a variety of options here but a more durable one would be ultrasuede . Now, I can’t promise you will find this fabric on a to-die-for pair of shoes immediately but recently I stumbled across these 1Euro beauties: Photo on 2010-08-28 at 16.11

My third tip: Pants with Zippers (on the legs).

I’ve now acquired 2 pair of jeans with zippers near the bottom. One a pair of “legging jeans” which I love because, let’s get real here, you can’t always count on wearing a shirt that covers your ass when you’re feeling the need to work a pair of leggings– THUS the legging jean is the perfect combination to flaunt your curves while not giving too much away. The other pair are pictured below. Very good for a day in the sun or a night out. (Black pants, in particular, work well for transitioning from day to night).

n20008478_35229446_8155237

Regular Jeans with Zippers: HELLO!

A secret tip: If you buy a pair of jeans (on sale or not) from 7 For All Mankind and ANYTHING happens to them (that shouldn’t) you can always send those beauties back to the 7 headquarters in California and get a new pair in return. Seriously.

My fourth tip: If you like it, and it’s priced well, buy 2 or more.

I found a pair of knockoff “vans”– simple, red and white tennis shoes for 5 Euro. About 4 months into wearing them I realized I should have purchased 4 pair. Don’t make the same mistake. If you see something inexpensive, cute, and travel worthy definitely think twice about leaving with only one pair or item. And for 5Euro with another pair in my bag I wouldn’t be so sad to toss them in the trash bin or pass them on (by leaving them in a park or similar location).

34570_1357850743047_1134840002_30915122_3569505_n

This hot dog likes my 5Euro shoes.

So now all I need are more suggestions! What have you been wearing?