One thing that makes us groan is paying extra baggage fees when we’re jet-setting. That money would be much better spent on renting a surfboard, snagging Vegas show tickets or enjoying some mimosas at a jazz brunch.
We thought it’d be fun to test whether you could pack one dress and wear it four different ways while on vacation. The answer, we found, is that it’s super-easy. With a little outfit planning, you could easily have a different look every day while skipping extra baggage fees and saving room in your suitcase for, you know, souvenirs to bring home.
For this experiment, we used a $15.80 blue lace dress from Forever 21 as the blank canvass. Here’s the same pleated sleeveless dress, but in white – also under $16.
Before you get started, here’s a few tips to help you remix your wardrobe.
Okay, let’s get packing!
Look one: Toss a light, flowy blouse over a dress to give the illusion that you’re wearing a skirt or a patterned dress. Knot it in the front or on the side for an instantly chic outfit. This Antonio Melani tie-front, scarf-print blouse in neutral colors from Dillard’s is especially versatile. We also like this fun Kimichi Blue tropical print tied shirt from Urban Outfitters.
Look two: Pattern play! For a bohemian-artsy look, mix up your patterns. We used a tribal-patterned scarf and a leopard printed clutch and tossed a denim vest on top to channel a more youthful look. A pop of leopard — in the form of a clutch or a skinny belt from Target — is a good way to give your outfits more edge.
Look three: Go glam. Let your accessories steal the show for a “night-out” look. We used a beaded rose necklace and some bright red shoes with a glitter chevron purse to dress up the dress. Anthropologie and J.Crew are good hunting ground for statement necklaces, and you can get 2 and 3 percent Cash Back respectively on your purchases at those stores.
Look four: Tourist preppy. For cool nights or crisp mornings, toss a patterned cardigan or lightweight sweater over your shoulders. Didn’t have time to style your hair? Pop on a hat and throw your hair back in a ponytail or a side bun. Floppy, summery straw hats — like this one from Eddie Bauer — will also shield your face from the sun.
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