When it comes to packing for a vacation, most travel gurus recommend keeping your wardrobe simple with lots of mix-and-match basics in a streamlined color palette. They suggest banning wrinkle prone fabrics, impractical shoes, and fussy trend pieces from your suitcase—and it’s easy to understand why. Budget-busting baggage fees and limited luggage space mean you should keep your carry-on as lightweight as possible when traveling. But that doesn’t mean your vacation wardrobe needs to be bland! Here are eight small accessories that can have a big impact on your travel style, curated by our wholesale clothing experts.
Glam Hair Clips
Playful hair clips are a teeny-tiny option for making a major statement when it comes to your travel look. Clips with over-the-top embellishments, like rhinestones, pearls and even seashells, have emerged as one of the hottest hair trends of summer 2019, popping up in runway shows, countless collections, and the offerings of nearly every wholesale clothing purveyor. They’re the perfect way to give your hair a much-needed refresh between a long day of sightseeing and a night on the town.
Like hair clips, bold earrings are a great way to dress up a simple outfit before an evening out. Make an unadorned black or white sundress a staple in your travel wardrobe, and then jazz it up for dinner and dancing with a pair of trendy earrings that take up almost no luggage space. We’re planning to pack a few pairs of earrings that reflect the season’s hottest trends—like leather, animal prints, rose gold, and tortoise shell.
If your daytime looks feel a little lackluster while traveling, a few perfectly paired necklaces might be your ideal style solution. Artfully layered necklaces are a great option for adding color, texture, and even a bit of sparkle to the solid tees and tank tops you plan to pack for sightseeing. To curate the perfect collection of necklaces, choose a unifying feature—like a metal, stone, or color—then combine options of varied lengths and styles. Try a choker plus a long pendant, or a boldly beaded strand with a delicate chain.
Colorful Crossbody Bags
While you’re out and about exploring a new city, the last thing you want is to be bogged down with a too-big, too-heavy tote bag—so why not bring along a practical crossbody instead? Small, lightweight, and secure, crossbody bags are the perfect way to carry all of your essentials during long travel days. In a punchy pattern, like luxe leopard or festive stars and stripes, they’re also great for brightening up a wardrobe of mix-and-match neutrals.
Whether you’re facing a chilly plane, ice-cold restaurant AC, or an unexpected forecast, a lightweight layering piece can save the day on vacation. Our favorite travel layer is a practical, packable poncho in a go-with-anything neutral shade. Throw it on over leggings and a tee to stay cozy during a long day of travel, or pop it on with shorts and ankle boots for a boho-chic dinner look once you’ve reached your destination.
Perhaps the most versatile piece in any vacation wardrobe, a brightly printed scarf can be used in countless ways to dress up a basic outfit. Tie it around the waist of a shift dress as a boho belt, knot it onto the strap of a neutral handbag for a pop of color, or use it as a flowy headband. On chilly evenings, a scarf also serves as a lightweight layer when looped around your neck or draped over your shoulders.
No one wants to spend their vacation battling blisters, but it can be tough to find shoes that pair well with lots of outfits, are comfortable enough for long days of walking, and don’t look like your Dad’s athletic sneakers circa 1993. Our pick for the perfect travel shoe? A timeless sneaker. Look for a leather or canvas pair that’s low-profile, preferably in a neutral shade like white, tan, or black. You can toss on your sneaks with shorts, jeans, or even a day dress for an on-trend look that promises all-day comfort.
Let’s face it, your hair is probably not looking its best while you’re on vacation. Those tiny shampoo bottles, the underpowered hotel blow dryer, and a few too many dips in the pool or ocean can leave your hair feeling frazzled and frizzy. Luckily, statement headbands are one of the hottest trends in hair accessories right now. We’re particularly loving wide, knotted fabric headbands that offer the look of a scarf—without having to tie even a single bow! Whether you’re headed to the beach or planning to explore the sights, simply toss your hair into a topknot and pop on a colorful headband for a chic, perfectly accessorized vacation look with virtually no styling required.