Wednesday, August 28, 2013

VACATIONS in VINTAGE : what/how to pack? PART II

So here are my tips to pack accessories when you travel!

So let see what kind of accessories you will have to pack....
- shoes
- belts
- purses
- jewels
- hats
- hair accessories
- umbrellas
- glasses

A lot of things to think about and I will not speak about undergarments :-)

So one more time, I will not plan my accessories the same way if I travel by plane.... for example, I don't take hats with me when I travel by plane, too fragile!

First shoes, try to avoid heels as much as possible they will stay unworn in your luggages! I don't bring fancy shoes with me but 2 or 3 pairs of basic sandals or wedges that will be comfy and will match all outfits!

When I choose clothes, I try to minimized colors, so I can use same belt, purse or shoes for several outfits. That's a good tip if you don't want to end with 10 suitcases!!!

I usually don't pack more than 2 or 3 purses. I use them as jewelery boxes to protect my jewels!

I don't wear a lot of necklaces when weather is hot so I pack bracelets and earrings.

I choose one set for each outfit I planned, or some can even go with several ones!

Use kleenex or coton to protect them because you will easy damaged fragile ones if you put them in a box without protection! I was sad to have damaged some vintage Coro earrings several years ago.

I try to pack just a few hats and choose the more easy to carry like bérets for example. Hats take a lot of place if you want to keep them safe....

That's why I also pack with me some nice hair accessories that are easy to pack like snoods and flowers.... I often pack silk flowers in one of the purse I have in my luggages!

I usually pack just one vintage umbrella that will match everything!

Vintage umbrellas are not easy because they cannot be put in a purse, they are quite long. But most of the time you can separe it in 2 parts, you have just to unscrew the handdle! I roll them in several sturdy plastic bags with tape because I don't want them to make holes in my dresses!!! 

For glasses, I usually pack 2 sun ones and one with prescription lenses.

I choose one pair of sunglasses to match 50's style and one that can match a more 40's style.

 I forgot to speak about that... it's more easy to match everything if you choose only one era... but I wear 40's and 50's clothes, so it's a big problem when it comes to accessories, you must choose stuff that match both decades!

Preparing a travel is really hard for me because I cannot bring with me as much as I want to...

For example, I would have prefered a gold purse with this outfit and a large hat....

But you have to make cannot bring all your wardrobe!!!

It's even harder for me that always want to match things perfectly. Moreover, I don't like to build an outfit early, I usually only pick dress and each accessories while looking at my dressing room just in the morning...

Do you like to pack luggages ?
What kind of clothes do you wear on vacations ?


  1. I usually try to pick outfits that will all work with the same neutral-usually brown or black for me- that way I can bring a lot of accessories in that color that will go with everything. I also agree with you on comfortable shoes! No pair of cute shoes is ever worth blisters on vacation!

  2. You've been providing such great tips! I also try to minimize colors, and pick things that coordinate with many items I'm taking. I wear more separates in general, so it works well to have things that coordinate. One blouse that works with a skirt or two, but also jeans for casual days. Things like that. I agree about the shoes-- I took a pair of shoes on our UK trip that I only wore about twice in 11 days... took up precious real estate in the suitcase for not a lot of use!

    One thing I usually do for plane travel is I'll wear my best bracelets on the plane, the ones I'd be crushed if something happened to my luggage. The very first time I went to Viva Las Vegas I wore every Bakelite bracelet I took with me on the plane since I was so nervous. LOL!

  3. Many, many more hugs coming your way for this second (awesome!) travel packing post. It echos a lot of the things I've been thinking about for our upcoming trip, while reminding me of a couple I'd completely forgotten. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on packing with us, dear Laurence.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I love your hair in this style!

    I always find it really hard to choose outfits for going away since I don't like to cut down on things that I think I *might* wear, so I always end up taking too much! I should try to stick within the same colour palette so I can minimise the amount of things I have to take.

  5. For me it depends what I´m doing- if it´s travel for a festival well I try and plan day and night outfits and every piece has to earn its spot in that suitcase (as usually I can only take 20 kg). No lucite handbags- I try and choose at most 2 handbags for evening that pack well and will work with most outifts- it´s not perfect but I try and make do. I also plastic zip lock bag my most precious vintage- you don´t want someone else´s sunscreen or hairspray exploding mid flight and dripping into your suitcase !I always take my first night outfit in my hand luggage- just in case luggage is lost or delayed. I usually wear every piece of jewellery I can physically get on my body ;)It saves weight and gives me piece of mind if I am taking valuables- and I take pieces off once I´m on the plane. I also wear my heaviest outfit (jeans, boots etc) on the plane and change once I´m through customs etc. and awaiting boarding. I must look like a bakelite wearing Michelin man! Hope these tips help!

  6. I like his outfit!