Sometimes, planning a vacation wardrobe can leave you feeling so frazzled, you needwell, a vacation.
Travel time should be all about no-muss, no-fuss fun – not to mention looking great while on holiday. Don’t waste precious vacation time on packing and ironing. Stick with fashions that are low maintenance and high style, regardless of your vacation getaway.
See the slideshow above for photos of these following outfits:
Touring southern Italy solo? Think casual and carefree! Costa Blanca white/chartreuse cardigan $48, Apricot Lane Boutique White Cami $20, Apricot Lane Boutique Neon Buddha rouched skirt $68, Anne’s Dress Shop Jambu Cherry Slides $89, REI Della Design Jeni Bag $75-$85, delladesignpurses.com
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Tropical getaway with your significant other? Think flowy, beachy, sexy! Coral Circle swimsuit $92 per piece, Tara Grinna & La Plage Swimwear Alternative Apparel coral vest $58, Apricot Lane Boutique Skemo Vamp Wedges $152, La Plage Urban Behavior white denim $69, Apricot Lane Boutique Coral dipped tie-dye top $49, Bebe Celeste silver thong sandals $45, Apricot Lane Boutique Kimono self tie lined romper (cream) $79, Bebe Gia white sandal with coral stones $159, Bebe Silk butterfly drape maxi dress $149, Bebe Wire wrap ring $105, La Plage Coral bottom-tie strapless dress $89, Bebe Gia white sandals with coral stones $159, Bebe Purple bandage dress $109, Bebe Emme fuschia/purple wedges $119, Bebe S wire necklace $19.99, Beau Ties Silver circles bracelet $39, La Plage
Vegas with the posse? Think sizzling hot and fun!Black/green/white halter tunic $174, La Plage Clara S Wide Leg long pant $48, Anne’s Dress Shop Silver circles bracelet $39, La Plage Silver thong sandals $45, Apricot Lane Boutique Red Paris black lace dress $139, Apricot Lane Boutique Black necklace $20, Apricot Lane Boutique Black strappy heels$45, Apricot Lane Boutique Gold bracelet $35, Apricot Lane Boutique Della Design Della Clutch bag $58-$65, delladesignpurses.com
Heading on a family vacation? Think comfy, not frumpy!The North Face Crystal Tank Top$45, REI Columbia Just Right Woven Knee Pants $50, REI Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flop $26, REI Blue tote with clear plastic coating $48, Anne’s Dress Shop Women’s Packable Visor $19.50, REI
Packing tips: Getting everything in one bag Fuss-free (and wrinkle-free) packing is easier than you think. Look for fabrics that hang well and do not wrinkle. Tencel, a man-made natural fiber made from wood pulp, is both travel-friendly and eco-friendly. Fabric blends that contain at least one of the following also travel well: cotton, spandex, nylon, elastane, rayon or polyester.
These 100 percent polyester, machine washable popcorn tops from Beau Ties fit a range of sizes and can roll up in the suitcase. (See the gold short-sleeve version in the photo slideshow above.) $17.99 or two for $35.
Fold bottoms in half lengthwise, then roll from the waistband down. For tunics, tops and dresses, fold in half or in quarters for flatness. Always pack heaviest items first, then fill in the top and spaces with smaller or lightweight items.
Bring a travel size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser for last-minute fixes. ($3, Target) And don’t forget a Tide pen for spilled coffee or food. ($2, Walmart)
Pack everything into Eagle Creek’s Ultimate Packing Solution/Traveler Cubes. $20-$30, REI Northlake. (See it in the slideshow above.)
Need more than one piece of luggage on your trip? Consider the suitcase box from UPS. Made of recyclable corrugate with a sturdy handle, they come in two sizes that meet carry-on requirements.They can also be shipped to your destination or back home, with a lower likelihood of lost luggage and at a price lower than airline charges for extra bags. $7.95 small, $12.95 large.
Shopping GuideAnne’s Dress Shop: 349 Copperfield Blvd. NE, Concord. 704-793-4943. Anne's Dress Shop.
Apricot Lane Boutique – Huntersville: Birkdale Village, 16845 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite D, Huntersville. 704-896-7800. Apricot Lane Boutique.
Beau Ties: UCity-based business owned by Dee Turner. 704-281-6218.
Bebe: Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte; 704-598-7200. Southpark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte; 704-442-0052. Bebe.
La Plage-Birkdale Village: 16836 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-655-2999. On Facebook: La Plage Swimwear – Birkdale.
REI: 9755 Northlake Centre Parkway, Charlotte. 704-921-0320. REI.
The UPS Store: 4365 Highway 49 S., Suite 500, Harrisburg. 704-455-3367.
Credits Models: Denita L. Gallion. Alina Kostyanetska of Carolina Talent Carolina Talent. Hair and makeup: Danielle L. Maddox Bicycle: Courtesy of BikeSource Charlotte, 4301 A Park Road Charlotte. 704-525-8410.BikeSource