Travel ignites me in every single way. Exploring new cultures and meeting people keeping their traditions alive is so, so special. We just returned from almost 3 weeks in Mexico and San Miguel de Allende has become a new favorite destination. We had a little connection before going - Ben lived there for a while as a little one so he couldn't wait to show me around the places he loved as a child.
After writing Wanderful I started getting more packing and travel capsule wardrobe questions than ever before. I wrote this post on packing for 10 days in Paris quite a while back and not much has changed when it comes to a few things: 1 - I still can get 10+ days of clothing into one roller bag 2 - my toiletries are still minimal, my must haves: multi-use oils, sunscreen, lip tint and mascara and 3 - I'm traveling with gear (laptop, cameras, a tripod, etc) so all of that has to fit somewhere. Besides that, packing for 10+ days in Mexico was quite different in every other way!
What I've noticed that I'm doing very differently when it comes to packing now is this: I've learned that keeping my outfit selections along one particularly color theme allows for lots of mixing and matching and also means there's way less time spent on getting dressed and way MORE time spent on exploring. I've also started focusing more on luxe looking dresses and tops - dresses make things super easy of course, and a few gorgeous tops can be mixed with lots of different bottoms - and I've always loved a good pattern mix!
You'll notice in the outfits below that there's really only a few pairs of shoes featured: I live in my birkenstocks, a good pair of white sneakers and 1-2 additional sandals is really all I need in Mexico. I actually never pack heels anymore - and in San Miguel de Allende the hills and streets are cobblestone and heels would have been totally useless.
I've also become a girl that travels with hats (hats tie outfits together and protect my skin from the sun, and that's important to me!), and when traveling I simple pack them in a tote bag and just carry them on the plane. Easy.
Below are my favorite outfits of the trip, and you'll see how I mixed and matched so many pieces in the photos at the end! I'll be back with the full travel diary to SMA soon, are any of you going?! Send me a note on instagram and I'll share all my favorites with you!
My go to day time look: a top with a deep v, layers of crystals and charms, an oversized sun hat (I love the string tied under the chin - you can drape it over your shoulders when you're indoors - it looks surprisingly chic and effortless that way!) and a fanny pack for all my valuables. (For each outfit you can scroll through and shop via the images directly below!). The belt was a last minute purchase, so inexpensive and I think it really makes the outfit!
For days that lead to long winding evenings: I mentioned packing luxe tops, I love big sleeves and florals and tops that tie too, this skirt is from my friend's shop in New Orleans and it was perfect for a night of dancing!
So, the heat index is pushing 90? Yes, it's been a hot summer everywhere - and days in Mexico are no exception! A breezy cotton dress looks elegant but still feels super comfy. Mine is a thrift find, however, there's a super adorable version linked below.
For the days you'd prefer to sunbathe... on one particular afternoon we took to the rooftop and enjoyed the luxury of having an apartment with a view. I spent the whole day in my bikini - and honestly, I layered the bandeau top on several other days under my tie front crop tops!
For trips to the market: we spent lots of time visiting the markets in Mexico, for those visits, I pulled on an oversized sweater (the mornings were cool!), some cut-off denim shorts and I was ready to go!
Here's some additional images, and some mixing and matching too. The full capsule wardrobe is below too so you can shop to create your own holiday style! I hope this helps when you're packing for your own holiday travels! Be back soon with the complete SMA guide!