Picking out and packing a travel wardrobe can be as stressful for men as it is for women. You want everything to be stylish and dapper, from the clothes on your back to the ensembles to pack for your trip. While you’re at it, it’s also crucial to find the best travel blazer fitting your destination’s weather conditions.
So, how does an aspiring globetrotter like you keep the style game on when traveling? Check out some of our tips.
The Rule of Thumb: Don’t Overpack
Chances are, you won’t use half of the clothes you think you need for your trip. On the off chance that you will, the cost of buying new clothing usually won’t compare to the hassles of overpacking. So, pack only the necessary garments, especially those you know will be too expensive to purchase brand new.
Instead of going for a wide selection of clothes, go for the right pick of garments. When you choose pieces that mix and match well, your travel wardrobe should go a long way without adding to the stress of your trip.
Four Tips To Maintain Your Style Game When Traveling
Now that you know it’s all about keeping things minimal, follow these tips to bring your style A-game to your many destinations.
1. The Color Rule
What’s the color rule for fashionable minimalist packing?
- Bright and Dark Color Pairings
Pairing an earthy-toned shirt with trousers in a medium-shade range won’t please the fashion gods. In the context of packing light, color schemes should be limited to bright and dark colors.
Hence, pair dark shirts with bright pants or bright-colored shirts with dark pants. Either scheme would do, but don’t pick both.
Sticking to one scheme and making it a theme in your travel outfits should make dressing stylishly effortless.
You want to keep travel clothes as versatile as possible. That means removing ones with designs from the running to make way for the more flexible solid-colored pieces. You can wear shirts in solid colors on several occasions, while those with designs might only be good for one or two.
You can wear a smart shirt with a design to a nightclub but not the beach. Similarly, a casual t-shirt with designs can be worn to the beach but not the nightclub.
By contrast, you can wear a plain bright-colored t-shirt to both occasions. A little accessorizing, and you should be good for the club; keep things relaxed and accessories minimal, and you’re sure to make a statement at the beach. That’s versatility for you.
2. Pack a Vest To Look Your Best
A vest, to a man, is what a little black dress is to a woman. So, does that mean you can wear a vest to almost anything? Yes, our good sir, it does.
A vest aligns with the minimal packing rule in that it’s composed of very little material. That means it weighs next to nothing and occupies so little space. Add this on top of its versatility, and you have yourself a must-have piece for traveling.
Whether it’s a bright shirt, neutral-colored waistcoat, or dark jeans, vests match well with anything. Incorporating a vest into your look can take your ensemble from ordinary to A-game in seconds.
3. Pack a Few Button Downs
T-shirts are great and all, but the equally space-saving button-down delivers a level of style a t-shirt never could. A simple button-down, paired with trousers or shorts, can work as well for outdoor adventures as it does for city activities.
Going full-on formal isn’t necessary. Pack a few colored shirts, and you’re golden. Though, limit your material choices to thin fabrics. Button-downs come in sweat-wicking fabric, so they should be good for outdoor exercise, too.
You may want to pack as many button-downs as shirts. That’s how useful these clothes can be. Keep them varied, from plain and bright-colored shirts to dark shirts with minimal designs.
4. Don’t Forget to Accessorize
If maintaining style away from home is the goal, you can accessorize. Accessories don’t only take up minimal space; they also weigh next to nothing. If that’s not enough to convince you, their style-amping abilities should do the job.
If you’re anticipating an event that requires dressing up, a tie with suspenders can do wonders for your outfit. Have a pair of cool sunglasses handy to add a little oomph to that otherwise plain short and shirt combo. Then, rely on a trusty scarf to add spice and color to that monotonous cold-weather ensemble.
Plan the Whole Outfit!
Even with these tips, packing can still get difficult. That’s why you want to plan ahead and smartly.
Don’t just think about the individual pieces you’ll pack; put thought into each outfit as a whole. When you do, you’ll realize that maintaining your style elsewhere is not the Sisyphean task you originally thought.