Mixing, Matching & Layers – Spring Travel Outfit Coordination

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It’s spring! While pretty much everyone is excited about this, it’s still that time of year in most places where the weather is terribly inconsistent. It’s sunny and blissful one day, and chilly and damp the next. This presents a true packing dilemma, but nothing you can’t handle if you remember a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched with one another and worn in layers.

  • Long Tank Tops or Camisoles: This is a great base layer to start your packing. Grab a handful of these in various colors (white, black, gray neutrals and then something more funky for a pop of color—they take up little room in your suitcase, and are easy to hand wash and dry overnight to be ready to use again later in your trip.target mossimo tank top
  • Lightweight Sweater, Cardigan, or Oxford button Down Shirt: Skip the heavy wool or bulky sweaters; they’ll be too cumbersome for packing. Look for a lighter option made of blended silks or thin cashmere. They’ll still provide warmth but won’t be too thick. A button down shirt is easily removable if it gets too warm later in the day. A classic Oxford shirt is a bit more durable and less prone to wrinkling—and always looks put together and polished.amazon oxford button down
  • Jeans: Ideal for this time of year and everyone’s favorite basic, anyways. Skinnies can be uncomfortable for travel, so pack a pair of relaxed boyfriend jeans instead. They can be used both for sightseeing during the day, and dressed up for evening with a cute flat or pair of heels.gap 1969 girlfriend jeans
  • Fun fashion scarf: Add some flavor (and warmth) to your outfit with a bold scarf—not your wool snow scarf but something lighter and fresher for spring. You can easily throw it in or tie it around your bag if it gets too hot.target butterfly scarf
  • Raincoat or Trench: Raincoats are tough to look especially stylish, but sometimes style needs to go out of the window in favor of necessity. Luckily these are very easy to roll up and take up little room in the suitcase – so even if you end up not needing it, you’ve sacrificed little room. A trench is harder to pack, but always looks fabulous. Wear it on the plane, and leave it in your room should you not need it, and it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.halogen detachable trench

Along with these items, comfortable shoes for getting around during the day and a pair that makes you feel fantastic for evening, and you should be set for an amazing trip—no matter what the weather throws at you each day.


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Colleen Bayus is a personal wardrobe stylist based in Washington, D.C. Her company, Styling by Bayus provides personal styling, shopping, and closet organization services. Her favorite destinations include Switzerland, St. Maarten, Disney World and anywhere the red wine is fantastic.

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