In-Between Climate Dressing
I pride myself in being a really low-maintenance traveller. I'm not talking about a backpack, walking sandals, and one-pair of underwear that you wash out in the sink on the train kind of traveller (honey, please), but rather the kind of traveller that can form an idea of what she wants to look like on her vacation, make a list, and get it done quickly and with very little indecision.
That said, I struggled a bit when planning my wardrobe for our recent trip to Malaga, Spain. Malaga in February poses kind of a unique challenge for dressing. Temperatures in February can be anywhere from 40-75 degrees Fahrenheit (I never did get used to looking at Celsius), so you have to be prepared for anything from the beach to knitwear and boots. This makes packing for a quick, 5 day trip challenging, as like so many of our wee sneaky breaks, this was to be a carry-on bag holiday.
As with so many other things in life, the secret is in the layering. I ended up in cashmere sweaters layered over a sleeveless top; a look that gives you some wiggle room when the temperatures change, Two pairs of skinny jeans (one ankle, one long) took me from day to night with no problem for this casual getaway. One pair of fancy-schmancy shoes, and one black blazer, and that was me finished. Granted it took me about three hours to figure it out (I must have been tired when I packed), but lo and behold, I think I got it right. Readers, I give you Exhibit A:
Tahari Cardigan (old), similar / H&M tee (no longer available online), similar (cute!) / Seven jeans / Born loafers (old), similar / vintage Coach bag, similar / Andrea Jovine sunglasses