Wardrobe Staples for Traveling Light

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BP sweater xs, J.Brand jeans 24 (no hem needed), Chicwish trench xs (sleeves shortened),
Gucci bag, Joie pumps 5.5, BR wool hat (runs small), David Yurman pearl cable bracelet

I’ve had this Longchamp tote for years, and it still holds its place as one of my most used bags. The current version is called “Le Pliage Neo,” which has a thicker, more structured nylon material than their standard tote, but is still wonderfully lightweight and folds flat. I’d recommend it for school, work, and everything in between when you need a durable bag that’s fairly water-resistant and easy to clean. For travel, it’s also good for protecting other designer bags while going through security and getting crammed under the seat. It fits my larger Prada tote in addition to my big makeup organizer!

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When on the road, I have no problem with wearing an item on repeat, especially if it means traveling lighter. I usually pick a versatile piece or two to be the “workhorse,” then plan a few outfits around it by tweaking something as simple as different shoes or denim color for different occasions. I originally got this sweater just as a basic, but surprised myself with how much I reach for it!

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Longchamp large Neo tote (mine’s the older version), Bric’s 21″ suitcase

Here’s a few outfit variations I’ve worn featuring this sweater, just in the past few weeks…

Comfy travel (shown below): with stretchy leggings + block-heeled booties
Skirted: tucked into an A-line skirt, with weatherproof flat boots
Preppy casual: worn under a puffer vest, with gray jeans (not pictured) + cozy gear
Layered up: Under a puffer coat + shrunken fit moto jacket with skinny jeans

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Zella live-in leggings xxs, Sam Edelman boots (sold out; similar which I also own & love)

Fit-wise, an XS regular in this sweater is a slouchy casual fit on me. For someone my size I’d recommend xxs which looks like it just came back in stock! Also, note it’s 100% cotton so shrinks down a little bit after a machine wash & dry. You might need to re-shape the mock neck a bit with an iron after drying.

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I also wanted to mention this wool hat (comes in classic black, too), which runs very small in the inner circumference area! The negative reviews are mostly all about the smaller fit. If you can never find hats that fit narrow enough, definitely give this one a try in size S/M. It has a beautiful shape and flops at just the right places without being overwhelming.

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39 thoughts on “Wardrobe Staples for Traveling Light

  • Reply Yana Kasekamp January 31, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Such a cute look! I really like that coat! 🙂


  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style February 1, 2017 at 1:33 am

    This is such a cute look! X

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog February 1, 2017 at 2:01 am

    So pretty! I love how your hat, bag and shoes coordinate.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Beckie Porritt February 1, 2017 at 2:21 am

    You just always look amazing. Impeccable style and I love your Gucci bag!

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

  • Reply Herrendezvous February 1, 2017 at 2:28 am

    The outfit is too pretty! X


  • Reply Julia February 1, 2017 at 3:26 am

    I was traveling to Europe for 2.5 weeks recently. I packed everything inside my 19in roller luggage. My secret? Pack as many as Uniqlo heattech shirts and leggings possible! They are extremely thin and warm…and can be handwashed easily in the hotel!

    Julia || Closet de Jules || Recent Post – The Perfect Winter Quilt Coat

  • Reply MizEats February 1, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Such a great post! Love your helpful tips!

  • Reply Sophie Spiegelberger February 1, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Draped trenches are my favorite too!

  • Reply fabi Aguilar February 1, 2017 at 4:23 am


    Amazing look, colors and pictures!!!


  • Reply Rachelle Pinksole February 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Love this classic look and that hat is amazing.


  • Reply Tynka. February 1, 2017 at 8:19 am

    love this! gucci soho is my dream<3

  • Reply samantha sheinson February 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

    So cute! Such a chic look for travel too!

  • Reply Megan McCune February 1, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hi! Just started following you and really enjoying your posts! Do you have any recommendations for wearing booties as a short (and sassy!) lady? Every time I try to style myself wearing booties, I end up looking extra short and stumpy! I don't know how literally everyone else pulls it off! 😉 I'd love to learn more about your bootie advice for petite girls. Thanks!

  • Reply Julie Hiller February 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I love that trench on you! Gorgeous!

    I'm a fan of my Longchamp as well, even if it's not as much of an "it" bag as it used to be. I still wear mine all the time. I like the look of the new one too.

    Style by Joules

  • Reply Jessi February 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I love that coat! The light gray color is beautiful. So chic!


  • Reply JustUnderPetite February 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    So wonderful! Love all of these outfits! Wish I can wear heels.


  • Reply Ewa Macherowska February 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Katharina Modrow February 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    love your coat and turtleneck!! Your style is absolutely stunning!


  • Reply Amy M February 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I love the white jeans and grey sweater combo ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • Reply Kaitlin Schubert February 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    SO cute! That sweater and jacket go perfectly together!

    Katie | Willow and White

  • Reply mybeautrip February 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Grey and camel are just amazing together. Such a great combo!


  • Reply Anonymous February 1, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Hi extra petite! Great post!! I always struggle with my make up when I'm traveling. I just can't find a bag that is not bulky yet holds all my makeup. What do you use? Thanks!

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Love the white jeans and that sweater looks so cosy!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Reply Melanie Pangilinan February 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Love this look! So adorable.

    The Mel Division

  • Reply Con February 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Jean, love your blog! Could you do a closet tour some time? Would love to see how you organize all these beautiful clothes

  • Reply Daneisha Smith February 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I am running to Banana Republic's website to find this sweater! I love it! Can't wait to style it!


  • Reply Jessica H February 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    So cute!! As always of course. That trench grey color looks gorgeous with the beige hat! Totally something I wouldnt think of but I LOVE!

    xo, jess


  • Reply orange blossom February 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I have to say..white jeans and high heels would not be my 'go to' for any type of travel. Looks cute though!

  • Reply Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Hah I wouldn't wear these heels for travel, either! This was just one of the variations of the outfit which I wore out for dinner. I posted the travel look above with black jeans and boots.

  • Reply Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hi! I've been working on a closet organization post for ages but my home is still a bit of a mess! I hope to post it in the coming weeks.

  • Reply Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    My current one is from Target – it's their Contents brand weekender cosmetics bag which has lots of compartments and holds everything I need : )

  • Reply Jean February 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Megan – general tips are to start by pairing the same color booties with your bottoms (ie. black boots with black leggings or skinny pants) and also to try slightly more pointed toe shapes instead of round. The toe shape can help elongate your look, and also keeping your bottoms slim fit at the ankle opening will help too.

  • Reply Rachel February 2, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Beautiful look! Great tips!


  • Reply Raya February 3, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I absolutely love your style and is what I would call 'effortless chic'. The grey coat and white wash jeans is an especially gorgeous combo!

  • Reply Drvh February 3, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Does the Longchamp get battered around in travel, or are you careful with it? Lots of 2nd hand shopping put me off their original bags as they seemed to scuff at the corners (& I've had at least one where the zip has broken!) – but if the Neo really is more robust perhaps that's the answer! I love the idea of the foldability but could never commit to the original bag as I seem to be clumsy with them 🙁

  • Reply Deborah Kim February 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Jean!
    I have been silently following your blog for some time now. I am inspired by how you put outfits together and like the color coordinations. All so pretty!

    I noticed you like J.Brand jeans and that white one is so cute but it's way too pricey for me. Do you have any cheaper brand recommendations? I like my jeans fitted with little stretch. Its hard to find jeans that fit. Thank you!

  • Reply Rachael O'Neill February 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Love this! I always end up packing a bunch of things I just don't need. Thanks Jean xx


  • Reply Kate Amar February 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Great advice! I so agree that choosing one staple piece to remix while traveling is the way to go. I have overpacked so many times, only to wear less than half of what I brought. Looking great as always!!


  • Reply Miriam Ernst February 7, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Your coat is GORGEOUS! Love your look 🙂


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