How do you determine how you style yourself when you are traveling? I read articles that tell you to blend in a bit, don’t be obvious you’re a traveler. My goal is to travel, but I want to be able to dress in ways I like. I mean, it makes sense when visiting a certain country to dress more conservative or not, but I dream of dying my hair crazy colours and other awesomeness.
One’s travel wardrobe generally depends on where you’re going and the purpose of your trip. I assume yours is to explore fun, new places, and if that’s the case then blending in with the crowd is not at all necessary. In fact, trying to mimic the locals’ style can turn into a real disaster and make you seem even more out of place! (After all, they live there; you don’t.) Plus, I can’t imagine wearing the clothes you’d normally never wear not being awkward.
My personal belief is that no matter where you go — another town or a whole different country — you should always look well put-together and be yourself!
For me, it comes down to plain ole’ vanity. Whether I’m at home or thousands of miles away, I want to look good, and wearing the right dress/shoes/my favorite lipstick can give me that. (I’ve almost missed a plane once because I forgot to pack my favorite perfume & had to return for it!) I also find that matching my inside to my outside helps me feel more at ease in social situations and be more outgoing!
Preserving your style and looking your best while living out of a suitcase is not as hard as it seems. The trick is to pack clothes that fit you right, compliment each other, and travel well. For example, for my Disney vacation I packed light blues, pale pinks, silvers, creams, blacks (for accents), and a bunch of inexpensive accessories (hotel rooms do get robbed, as sad as it is…). This made putting outfits together each morning a breeze, and, believe it or not, my 5 days’ worth of outfits fit into 1 carry-on bag!
Of course, there are some elements of style that should be left at home. Excessive piercings and rings might get caught on clothes, family pearls (and other expensive jewelry) are better off in the safety of your home, as well as any symbols/imagery that might be considered offensive in a particular country.
I wish you much luck in your travels and remember — a smile is always the best accessory! :D
Deerlings: What are your 3 personal-style essentials you’d never travel without? For me, it’s my makeup bag, hair curler/straightener and at least 1 pair of fashion heels!