I know a lot of people have been lucky enough to be travelling in recent weeks – either near to home or half way around the world.
Not here at SY HQ – work has beckoned.
Today’s #everydaystyle post has come about thanks to an SY reader who is looking forward to a weekend away in Melbourne in a few weeks.
Here is Racheal’s plea:
I’m a stay at home mummy of two little people who are four and two. I’m off on a big adventure in a few weeks. I’m leaving my little ones in the capable hands of their father while I escape for my first ever weekend away to Melbourne to meet my best friend who lives In Adelaide. I live in NZ. I’m already stressing about what I’m going to wear for the three days away! I want to feel like me again while I’m away, not boring old Mummy. Can you please give me some tips on a few options that will make me feel stylish and fabulous for a girls weekend away?
I’m so excited for Racheal. I remember that first time I had away from my kids when they were little – no-one to be responsible for but myself. Blissful, a full night’s sleep, breakfast in bed, toilet to myself …
It might only be three days but it will be a total re-charge for this young mum. I also understand that knowing what to pack for a weekend in Melbourne might be a daunting prospect but I’ll aim today to simplify that and we’ll also look to the real women of #everydaystyle for some inspiration as well.
This outfit from my #everydaystyle selection this week might also help as a starting point. Nothing beats a black pants and top base with a classic camel trench and scarf on top. It’s the kind of outfit that will take you anywhere.
If you’ve been following along here for some time, you’ll know that packing for ANY trip is not one of my strengths. I’m very guilty of wanting my “options” with me.
I’m getting better though. I think I only took three pairs of shoes with me on my last trip.
I look at ideas for a capsule wardrobe on Pinterest, sigh, and think, yes, one day I’ll manage that. So, with what I’m going to say, please understand that I rarely follow my own advice in the what-to-pack department.
1. Have the basics covered. It’s like I copy and paste this tip every week, isn’t it? And I’ll keep repeating it until we get it right. Myself included. For me, I think the basics in this case are a pair of jeans that will see you through every outing while away, a good coat as it’s going to be super cold, a knit, a white or chambray shirt and knee-high or ankle boots. Prefer a dress? Pack a knit tunic dress and ponte leggings as well as jeans.
2. Change up each day’s outfit with interesting layering pieces. Remember last week’s post about making an outfit look better? Include scarfs, vests, hats, statement necklaces … pieces that add interest to a basic outfit. It’s these pieces that will help Racheal feel more like Rachael the person, not just Racheal the mum.
3. Just because you’re heading to Melbourne doesn’t mean it has to all be about black. By all means, make your basics a neutral zone (especially when travelling to cut down on what you need to pack) but don’t be afraid to introduce colour through your coat, scarf and accessories. My blogger friend Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans is a Melbourne girl and she very much defies the myth that Melbourne women wear only black.
4. It’s understandable that you’re not feeling confident. The easiest thing to do is to get up and get dressed for our usual daily activities. And to dress in the same things we do, day-in, day-out. I challenge you in the weeks until you leave to experiment with clothes that are already in your wardrobe. Try different combinations with the view to them being outfits for your trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re not necessarily going anywhere to show off the clothes. It matters that you get to know which clothes make you feel fabulous and which don’t.
5. Shop when you get there. A girls’ weekend in Melbourne? You can bet that you’ll be hitting the shops on any girls’ trip to Melbourne. Get some tips on where to shop here. When shopping be your friend’s personal stylist and ask her to be yours. This means you agree to help the other try on things they normally wouldn’t and you also agree to be honest with each other in the change room. My number one and only rule: only buy clothes that make you feel wonderful.
I scanned the #everydaystyle Instagram feed for some great outfit inspiration for Racheal. These real women might not be on weekends away but their outfits, or elements of their outfits, are worth studying before packing for a winter weekend away.
If you start your outfit planning with an outfit similar to what I’ve styled below then you are set for just about everything you might encounter on a weekend in Melbourne.
Perhaps you have things in your wardrobe similar? Maybe you’re looking to pick one great, new winter piece for your trip?
1. Atmos&Here shirt $59.95 @ The Iconic | 2. JAG jeans $99.95 @ Birdsnest | 3. Blue Bungalow scarf $39 | 4. Sportscraft coat $279.96 (on sale) | 5. I Love Billy boots $119.95 | 6. Seed Heritage knit $149.95 | 7. Sussan bag $69.95
What else do you suggest Racheal packs for her weekend in Melbourne?
Want to join in? Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your everyday style to Instagram or Facebook, use the #everydaystyle and tag @stylingyou so I can find you. Don’t feel you have to post every day. Post when you can. For consideration in my outfit of the week round up, I look first for clear, in-focus photos without text or borders on them. These work in best with the montage layout.
* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration
PS. Don’t forget to enter the #iDiscovered competition to win Dr.Lewinn’s products and if you tag @stylingyou with your photo entry you have a chance to win a $100 Westfield voucher. Details here.