It Suddenly feels like summer is almost here! Green leaves and grass are all around us and flowers are bursting into bloom—the cold weather feels (finally) officially behind us, and that means that summer, with its longer, warmer days and vacation time are just around the corner.
And to prepare for a season full of both longer treks and weekend trips to more relaxing locals outside the big city, I’ve started the hunt for the perfect carryall bag. It’s a tall order, but luckily, at my local Goodwill thrift, I recently came across a bag that’s just right for all of my summer traveling needs.
This bag is ideal because it’s large enough to hold plenty of clothes, accessories, and even some extra shoes—easily enough space for a week’s worth of supplies—but because this piece’s style makes it easy to throw right over a shoulder and bolt out the door, it would also be a great bag for a weekend getaway (plus, leave a little extra room for souvenirs and gifts to take back home). The rich, cognac-colored faux leather exterior looks chic without being too expensive, and it’s durable—it will hold up well to being tossed around on buses, trains, or planes without getting easily scuffed or damaged. The styling looks something like an old-fashioned satchel, and the interior has both a large main compartment and a few smaller pockets around the sides, making it easy to organize everything—it’s classic and practical and also totally fashionable (and you all know how much I love that combination).
An easy-going ensemble. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable when they travel, but I also don’t want to show up to a new destination looking like I’ve just rolled out of bed. So, comfy and chic travel wear is a must, but certainly not the easiest kind of outfit to throw together. That’s why I almost always go for one of two looks—in the winter, it’s cozy fleece leggings topped with a longish tunic or sweater and my favorite pair of boots. But for summer travel, I often choose a long, flowing dress, like the one pictured here. Going with a maxi length dress means this outfit is incredibly comfortable and will keep me cool, no matter where I’m traveling; shorter dresses can be difficult to deal with when you’re toting luggage, backpacks, etc (no one wants to be constantly shifting around and tugging at a dress to keep it properly in place). But a longer length means that worry is pretty much nonexistent, and while the vibrant tropical print definitely gives this dress a relaxed, laid-back feel, it’s still chic and feminine enough to look appropriate, no matter what part of the world I’m arriving into.
Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer. Follow her on twitter.