Among other things, summer’s balmy breezes and longer days mean it’s time to grab your suitcase and go. As the travel season swings into full gear, we turn our attention to carryons and the outfits that deserve to be packed within them. Fashion insiders and stylishly outfitted jetsetters unzipped their bags to give us a peek at how they approach packing.
The Style and Travel Blogger
When your job requires taking photos of your carefully selected vacation outfits, options are key—as is a steamer. Kat Tanita of With Love From Kat includes a mini version among her must-packs. A bathing suit is another necessity, no matter the destination. “You never know when there’s going to be a hot tub or spa,” she chides.
Packing essentials: Classic hat, versatile scarf, flat leather sandals.
Loro Piana Hat, $525; Hermès Scarf, $225; Chanel Camellia Sandals, $1,495
Styling tricks: Tanita gets a two-for-one via a smart accessory. “I always bring a scarf that can double as a sarong,” she said, relying on it as both a layering essential for evening and an impromptu beach blanket. A silk blouse in a neutral cream hue is another suitcase constant: Its versatility allows it to be worn with anything else she packs.
The Fashion Publicist
If you’re working with just-off-the-runway samples, you know clothes. Tibi’s Emily Sanford has collected a professional knowledge that’s made her masterful at creating versatile outfits that offer up more sartorial might than one would think when looking at the suitcase space they claim.
Packing essentials: Organized pouches, functional sneakers, a crossbody bag.
Goyard Toiletry Case, $495; Hermès Clemence Evelyn II PM, $2,200; Céline Sneakers, $345
Styling tricks: “I bring pieces that can be versatile, which is why I love a slip dress right now. It doubles as a skirt if worn with a big sweater on top, a casual day look when layered over a tee, and is perfect as an evening dress if I pull a tuxedo jacket on.” For packing hacks, she relies on a trio of small pouches to keep little pieces organized.
Even without technically working in the fashion industry, there’s enough style crossover to ensure American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston knows her Altuzarra from her Aquazzura. The company’s travel schedule also means she’s honed her packing skills (in a monogrammed Louis Vuitton case, natch, a gift from her husband when she was promoted to ballet’s top rank).
Packing essentials: Monogram Louis Vuitton luggage, sunglasses, cashmere scarf.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Hat Box, $1,995; Céline Sunglasses, $245; Loro Piana Cashmere Scarf, $245
Styling tricks: While impromptu meetings with society figures and top-ranking execs are part of her job, the dedication to keeping a formal outfit on hand is a good lesson for anyone to learn. “I always bring one nice outfit just in case—I like dresses from Cushnie et Ochs and a pair of Miu Miu heels,” she revealed. To avoid any uncomfortable goosebumps, she packs expecting temperatures to be ten degrees colder than predicted, meaning a cashmere wrap is always tucked into the LV.