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10 Days in a Carry-On

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Yes, it's possible!  While traveling to a new place is exciting, getting there is another thing.  After watching Ben Stiller in "Meet The Parents" feel the effects of an airline losing his luggage, I have since been determined to only travel with a carry on.  I scoured the internet for all of the best packing tips and tested out my skills on a two week trip to Thailand.  The key is to pack neutral pieces that you can mix and match or create 5-6 outfits and wear each one twice.

Our Spring and Summer pieces for this year were designed with this concept in mind: easy go-to's that could be worn relaxing outdoors or dressed up for dinner and drinks in an exciting new place.  Here are some ways to dress up or down some of our best sellers this season:

The Vista Jumpsuit is the ultimate travel companion.  One piece to throw on and roomy enough to keep you comfortable all day and all night.  Dress it down with some sandals, a fun necklace, and a crossbody bag.  On second thought, the pockets are the perfect size for carrying your phone, some cash, and your room key so you can ditch the bag all together.  Get it ready for dinner at a new restaurant with some beige mules and a little extra jewelry.  

What better time to wear a pop of color than on a Summer vacation?  The Lujo Dress in red linen will keep you cool all day and has the same convenient pockets of the Vista Jumpsuit.  Pair it with a fun pair of flats and a quirky bag for exploring a museum or roaming around downtown.  A quick change of shoes and a bag has you ready for whatever the night has in store.

Pockets, pockets, pockets.  Sensing a theme here?  Pockets make traveling so much easier and the Mara Dress is all about them.  Throw your sunscreen in there and your ID for drinks at the beach bar and you're good to go.  Pair it with some sandals and pull your hair back with a fun gold clasp.  Add a little sassy sandal and a clutch for the evening, the just-above-the-knee length makes this piece fun and flirty.

If there ever was a piece made for a Summer getaway, the Luzon Tie Top is it.  It's fun, it's easy, and it hints at a waistline without making you feel constrained.  Wear it with some raw edge denim and sandals while exploring a nearby market and dress it up for happy hour with black skinnies, a fun shoe, and a clutch.

And last but not least, the Alta Top in Salt is a no brainer for travel.  You can never go wrong with a white linen top, it can be paired with anything and everything.  Throw it over the Vista Jumpsuit for an extra layer or with some jeans for roaming around.  Later on, swap that denim for the Merritt Skirt and you're ready to take on the night.

We asked some of you on instagram to share your personal tricks for packing smart and here's what you had to say:  

"I always wear my largest piece on the plane! That way it doesn't take up so much space in my luggage" -@katrynseeburger

"Pack things inside of things! I always put my socks in my extra shoes and underwear/tshirts inside of purses I may bring. It also helps keep their shape! And then wear the bulkiest thing on the plane. For folding, I like to roll my items, placing the biggest things at the bottom and the smallest ones can fit into any crevices"

"I only bring two pairs of shoes: one I'm wearing, one in my bag. I also always bring pieces that are an entire outfit on their own: your jumpsuit or a dress for example. One piece I can wear multiple days that takes up so little space!" - @sgardinier

"Plan ahead and edit ruthlessly! Also, carry a fabric spray (I like @thelaundress) and spray clothes, hang in bathroom while you shower to get an extra use from them." -@onceandfuturegulf

"T shaped tops are amazing for hot weather and dont need to be washed between every wear. Plus neutrals. Alos deciding on best working cream and basic make up. I put a bit of cream and bb cream in a small plastic bag if Im travelling for less than a week. Saves lots of room and weight. Books on kindle on my phone or ipad." -@sahasz

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