Style in a Suitcase

The dilemma I face whenever I travel is carrying on with my personal style (in fashion and beauty terms) and luggage space. There are certain things that one must give up esp if location and activities are to be taken into consideration. I ask questions like: “Would wearing stilletos be suitable for my trip to [insert name of place]?” Or, “Will I have enough prep time each day to accommodate a certain style of makeup?” Or even, “How many pairs of shoes can my bag accommodate?” These questions help me plan what sort of items I’d bring. Yes, planning daily outfits ahead of time will help loads in packing (one of the practices I’d suggest if you wish to master the art of traveling light). Of course, questions vary with each individual since we all differ in assessing the level of practicality and luxury that we’d like to act on.

There’s a sense of accomplishment whenever I’d manage to get by with a few key pieces. Yes, I actually see it as a personal challenge (coming up with several outfits by mixing and matching) and every opportunity to test out theories is highly treasured. Do you see it as a challenge, too?

Let me share a couple of samples from the last trip that took me to Bacolod and Cebu wherein I only had a duffel bag for a “suitcase.”

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Top Nava
Jeans Sportsgirl
Shoes Jeffrey Campbell
Earrings Lovisa
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
Rings Sportsgirl, Lovisa, People are People, Flea Market (not seen in photo)

The only dressy pair of shoes I brought with me was the Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Keeping things light and casual was the theme of the trip. It gave me a chance to air out one of the tops I recently bought at Nava. The one pictured above retailed for Php 570.00 and was perfect for a casual dining activity that involved sampling Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal and desserts at a popular local patisserie called Calea at Balay Quince.

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And the other set of footwear I had with me was a pair of Havaianas flip-flops. I like going about sight-seeing in flip-flops esp if the place has a rustic setting. Saves my feet from unnecessary soreness (though dirty) at the end of the day.

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A bit of fun at The Ruins

Top Armani Exchange
Cutoffs Greenhills (as also seen here)
Flip-flops Havaianas
Bag Bottega Veneta
Sunnies Ray-Ban
Earrings Lovisa
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
Rings Sportsgirl, Lovisa, People are People, Flea Market

I choose to bring light-weight pieces and simply rely on details like texture, cut and colour to add a bit of interest in what I’ll be wearing. It can be a vibrant fuchsia top with frayed hem and contrasting stitching for added details, a fun polka dot print and cuffed sleeve shirt, or a pair of cut-off with rips, lace and multi-colour paint splatter.

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Yes, one of the key accessories that I always make sure I bring whenever I travel (whenever I go out in daytime, period) is a pair of sunnies. Honestly, I’m big on wearing sunnies that I even keep it in my bag when I go out at night as a precaution, you know, in case I end up going home the following morning and there’s sun out, haha.

How are you with wearing sunnies? Are you as strung out on it as I am?

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My sister, Shai Coggins and I with our mum.

Regardless of what you end up wearing in all your travels, what will matter most is how the trip edified your person. Though it’s true that I wouldn’t mind looking fashionably great in photos but I reckon the company I keep and the beauty of my surroundings will push personal vanity in second place. The effort (pertinent to the place and available resources) will still be there but it won’t be the same as how I’d be, say, when I’m in Manila. Know what I mean? Perhaps this sort of mindset has greatly influenced how I tackle packing these days and how I address and carry out my personal style when I travel. Is it the same for you?

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Comments

  1. Definitely the same for me :) Looks like a fun trip to me! And is that the lotus position you’re doing? :)

  2. Cute outfits!

  3. I agree! I think it’s important to enjoy you’re trip with your family and fashion is only a bonus. It looks like you had a great time. I love the pink top! :-)

  4. Yer looking great in your sunnies definitely! :D

    • Tara: It was! And I had to look “lotus position” up. Yoga, yes? No, twasn’t that :)

      M: Thanks!

      Toni: Yes, I did! Thanks! :)

      Ajay: Awww. Thanks, Ajay! Btw, I hope I can catch you at Soderno next week. (Sorry I wasn’t able to go last Sunday!) See you soon! :D

  5. The place looks gorgeous!! You and your family are lovely, too! :D

  6. Bacolod is one of my favorite places to visit in the country! Did you get to visit Mambukal and Punta Bulata? Great photos! =)

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