When going on any trip, the best planning you can do for your sanity and style is to plan your outfits prior. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring supplemental pieces if you’re inspired in the moment, because we all know our moods affect what we want to wear and how we want to present ourselves. When you try on your outfits prior, you don’t waste any space in your suitcase with those pieces you really just don’t need, or time on vacation with that “I have nothing to wear” feeling.
When traveling, you are out of your regular day-to-day routine and in either a new city, country, or temperature. It’s so exciting to dive into the tropical, romantic, historic, religious, or cozy world you’re embarking into. Whether it’s the perfect linen pants, matching printed sets, the newest summer hat, or colorful new shoes, small additions for a trip will make all the difference in your packing inspiration.
Before Kourt goes on a trip, we talk about the local style of where she’s going, get ideas from movies or runways, and talk about a vibe. I then work with designers worldwide to bring her all the new pieces that fit that direction and would be great for her to wear on the trip. We spend time together—her picking out what she loves, styling it together, and tailoring it to fit her frame. Like we’ve always shared, the secret to dressing your body is knowing your proportions. So if you are 5’1” like Kourt, you can wear all the same styles too, just take the time to alter it to your body.
Dress: Filles a Papa; Shoes: Prada; Bag: Chanel
Shirt Dress: Roberto Cavalli
Once she has all the looks she needs, which means enough for each day, each night, each activity she’s planning, and a few extra pieces that inspire her, we pack her up. But even packing goes with complete organization. We keep the tops with the bottoms for each look along with a photo to match. However, that doesn’t mean you have to stick strictly to the plan. There is always freedom to mix and match what feels right in the moment, because with a cohesive color palette, you can re-invent a blazer over a dress, over swim, or over shorts. Planning your outfits is about organization, having go-tos, and feeling that even when out of the comfort of your closet, you have everything you need.
Full Look: Jacquemus; Shoes: Merah Vodianova
Full Look/Bikini: Haight; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Wardrobe stylist aside, you can still adopt these packing tips the next time you need to pack for a getaway. Similar to Kourt’s strategy, Poosh’s managing editor, Michelle Scanga, always plans each outfit and takes photos on her phone to avoid overpacking and wasting energy trying to figure out what to wear. When Kourt is packing without me, she’ll take a selfie of her outfits to have on hand. Even if you don’t have time to try on each look, you can quickly snap a picture of just the clothes. Having the photos also helps you remember what you’ve packed if you don’t have time to fully unpack once you’ve arrived. Kourt also takes the time to neatly fold each item (even her swimsuits) so her suitcase is organized and she can easily access her clothes. She also does this for Penelope and the boys’ suitcases.
Take a peek inside Kourt’s packing process for her recent trip to Italy below and use our outfit planning strategy for your next vacation.
Suit: Victoria Beckham; Bra: by Johnny
Top: Shaina Mote; Skirt: Linder; Purse: Bottega Veneta
Top: Paris Georgia; Shorts: Etro
Full Look: Calvin Luo; Purse: Vuitton by Treasures of NYC
Swim: Baserange; Blazer: Victoria Beckham
Full Look: Michael Lo Sordo
Full Look: Jacquemus; Shoes: Saint Laurent
Cardigan: Alaïa; Skirt: Nanushka; Purse: Louis Vuitton; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Full Look: Etro; Bra: Dolce & Gabbana
Dress: Bec & Bridge; Purse: Goyard; Shoes: Gabriela Hearst; Hat: Janessa Leone