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Style For Style: Fly the Fab Skies

Want to look as cool and collected as Charlize while jetsetting? Pay attention.

Whether you vacation in the Summer or Winter (moi), as relaxing as a vacation can be, sometimes getting to and from is not so. I wouldn't call myself extremely well-traveled but my passport is pretty colorful. I have some tips when it comes to packing and making the airport trek as smooth sailing as possible. But before I divulge, remember: travel is stressful but what awaits on the other end is bliss. So sit back, remember to breathe and enjoy the ride.

Diane von Furstenberg delivers us many wise words and on the topic of packing, here are some, "I think if you've figured out how to pack, you've figured out your life." So don't fret my friends, mastering the art of packing is a life long task.

Packing 101

  • Maintain a coordinated color palette. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Red, purple, black and dark denim is a modern and interesting combination. As for the tropics, how does yellow, purple, white and gold sound? Fabulous.
  • Consider dresses, lots of dresses. Here is an item that’s easy to throw on and is an outfit in itself.
  • Keep shoes neutral; black, brown, metallic and white shoes/sandals. This will make things less stressful when trying to color coordinate outfits and accessories.
  • For lots more Fab travel tips and to learn my travel essentials,

  • Razzle dazzle. Jewelry can liven up any look. I only travel with costume jewelry, for fear of theft or losing things. Do not pack your jewelry in your checked luggage — carry it with you.
  • Fold n' roll. Some items are better to roll, some are better to fold. Roll thin, delicate fabric tops and dresses; fold tougher, bigger items like jeans and jackets.
  • Handbags. This is the time to utilize your favorite, most functional, handbags; always bring a clutch for a night out or quick dinner.
  • Storage. You can store your costume jewelry, and small accessories like belts, within your clutch within your bigger handbags. This way your jewelry is protected and won’t break. Again, storing jewelry in your main bag is only recommended if you're not checking your luggage.
  • Wrinkle prevention. Carolina Herrera recommends using a lot of tissue paper, placing it between folds and garments, to prevent wrinkles. Also, extra TP always comes in handy, no?

In Flight

  • I always carry a comfy, cloth headband when I travel. In flight hair gets flat or static attack; you can slip one on, look put together and have your hair out of your face.
  • Cardigans. I find cardis are great travelers; they are lightweight, versatile and feminine. They manage to be cozy but not suffocating.
  • Cold feet. I tend to wear sandals on flights in warmer months. For a short flight I don't mind, but for a long one my toes get chilly. To prevent discomfort, and possibly getting sick, bring a pair of favorite socks so you can feel at ease throughout the flight.
  • Scarves are a must. Or pashminas. They may be trendy but they're also functional. Case in point: Charlize!
  • Hoop earrings — big or small — are ideal for travel. They don't scream wealth and they provide a touch of fancy for when you're feeling frumpy. They also work well with earphones, unlike big studs or chunky jewelry.
  • Go go green. Save some plastic and do your body, and planet, good by carrying a SIGG bottle rather than multiple bottles. These come in many fun designs now so pick one that communicates your personal style.
  • Just in case. I always carry a pair of clean undies in a Ziploc bag; if you're going to the tropics, I also recommend bagging a bikini — if anything goes wrong, you can swim your troubles away STAT.

Destination Anywhere

  • Worrisome wrinkles. Bring any wrinkled-en-route items into the bathroom with you when you (finally) get to your hotel and take a shower, hang it on the door, and let the steam naturally take some of the wrinkles away. No worries.
  • Lint control. Remember: you can always use the luggage stickers from the airline as a lint removing sticker!
  • Enjoy yourself!


cg130 cg130 8 years
Great tips, totally bookmarking this!
xingkit xingkit 8 years
thanks for the tips, these are useful. :)
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I love the tip to use luggage stickers as de-linters!
NikkiBaby89 NikkiBaby89 8 years
Nice tips but what would u wear if it was summer time?
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
Great Tips.Very helpful
tiberiu tiberiu 8 years
I am going on a cruise ship soon and I would like some tips on that. In a week or so I am going to try princess cruises and that is why I am asking for some useful tips.
tillerman435 tillerman435 9 years
Thanks soo much for these tips! I'll def use them when I go to France in a few weeks!
Marymoo Marymoo 9 years
Socks and proper shoes are a must, if there is an ememgency, you must be able to run if possible. Do not wear flammable items ie: pantyhose etc. for the same reason. Sorry to sound morbid, but I'm a "just in case jetsetter" :)
Jazmincat Jazmincat 9 years
I regularly bring wonderful reusable travel mugs and water bottles on flights. The key is that they have to be empty as they travel through security. Then you can fill them up (with water or coffee or tea or whatever) on the other side of security or at your destination.
bankomeister bankomeister 9 years
Wow I LOVE her suitcase/bag. Does anyone know where to find it? It's beautiful! She looks so chic! I wonder if she fit all of her things in those two bags
dtho dtho 9 years
I travel a lot and these tips are very useful. I always like carrying cardigans with me because I get really chilly on the plane.
smiley13tree smiley13tree 9 years
Thanks so much for these great tips!! I'll definitely use them when I head on over to Beijing next month.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips!!
ambie_white ambie_white 9 years
thanks for the tips...for the first time i'm to a place (LONDON) outside of the US, so i'm reading any little thing about traveling.
dtho dtho 9 years
She looks so chic!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
omg thank you!! i seriously needed this : )
emalove emalove 9 years
Great tips! I always pack several dresses and a few little cardigans when I go on vacation...they're easy to throw on and they also take up little space in your bag.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
nice tips.... i'll have to think about glass containers so i'll have to see what to take.....
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Fab, your tips make me wish I was jet-setting of someplace glam!
Crazyswooop Crazyswooop 9 years
In regards to Ballerina's comment; Please please don't use perfumes on your scarves. Actually when flying I truly wish people would take others into consideration. I'm allergic to perfumes, not only that but it makes others nauseous in such confined areas. I know it may be nice and relaxing and smell really good, but it may make a plane ride hell for the persons around you.
myystque myystque 9 years
Good tips. I hate packing! It always takes me forever and I still have lots of stuff.
raieven raieven 9 years
on long haul flights i always make sure to bring: a tiny bottle of mouthwash (even after brushing i don't feel 'fresh' after 10 hours unless i have this) some facial cleansing wipes (i also use these on my under arms ...sorry if this grosses you out but hey, i like to feel as fresh and clean as possible) i also recommend going as make-up-less as possible when you check in (unless you plan on doing a rigorous clean mid-flight) that way when you wake up in the 'morning' you can apply make up and feel more 'done'. thanks for this great post!!
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 9 years
Awesome! I'm just now packing for my honeymoon -- 11 days away! Yay!
mlen mlen 9 years
pashminas or scarves are a must! i usually layer too with a t-shirt, cardigan, and blazer (in fall and spring) just cause airplanes can be so cold and if you are stuck on a 6-7 hour flight, the last thing you want to do is freeze the whole time!
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
Yeah don't take any fancy water bottles with you to the airport. I always plan my wardrobe for trips, I used to just pack everything I thought I'd want and then figure it out when I got there, but that was when you could check endless bags without any fees! And never plan to wear the same shoes two days in a row, especially if you will be walking.
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