When I first read Lola’s post: Travel Style – A FriFotos Special Edition, I thought – this is something I could really have a little fun with . So many options…so hard to choose! Let’s have a little fun with the theme: Style!
What defines your travel style? Luxe and glamorous or more of a backpacker with multi-taking fashion? Perhaps a little from column A, a little from column B.
With a love of travel that started at an early age, my travel style has really evolved and transformed over the years. In the early days, when airline restrictions were not so fierce, I was a dreamer without restrictions! I packed everything and anything I could possibly need! My first backpacking trip to Australia, yours truly packed a ball gown! With visions of going to the Sydney Opera House, dressed as only a movie star would, I packed my beautiful dress, high heels and high hopes. While the opera never happened, ironically, a blind date to the Navy Ball meant that I still got to wear my dress which was clearly out of place on a backpacking trip.
I quickly transformed into a more functional fashionista – travel style representing the true adventurous soul that I am, and added cargo pants with zippered legs to the equation. How else would I trek in Nepal, hike in the Andes and traipse all through South America without functionality. I would be the one carrying my bag most of the time. And of course…the winter bucket list from Montreal would not be possible without a stylish winter coat and boots!
Fast forward to today – my style, more than ever, reflects the needs of the trip I am taking. I can glam it up for the travels that suggest a more luxurious attire and simplify with high performance fabrics for the treks and sportier travels. I learned my lesson – a ball gown has no place in my bag if I am spending 2 weeks cycling in Mallorca or walking the Camino de Santiago! A cocktail dress is perfect for a night on the town or a special occasion. No one style dominates….it is the travel that dictates style for me now.
Luggage restrictions being what they are, practicalities still do prevail. Not so much fun when your wardrobe feels a little too monochromatic. Black pants always make a perfect base…but a girls just gotta have some fun! A few accessories, sure, but my style really starts to come out with cool jackets, funky heels and a growing purse collection. Not always practical – but a punch of colour just makes me feel fabulous. The airline restricted wardrobe gets a jazzy makeover….let’s have a little fun!
Desigual jackets – a splash of colour and a little of the unexpected!
Shoes – I have to admit a little shoe affair! Can’t show them all, so here is a small collection of my recent and favourite acquisitions!
Purses – almost a new fetish for me, thanks once again to Desigual for their purse porn! I can’t walk past a shop without uncontrollably handing over my credit card!
What’s your travel style? Sophisticated chic or functional adventurer? What ever your style – live it! Own it! Work it! After all, fashion is a statement – it is art that we wear! Happy Friday.