There's no denying vacations are great, but packing is an eternal struggle. You want to be sure you don't have to do without anything, but you can’t bring it all with you either!
To help you pack light without compromising on style, we contacted stylist and Ludique co‑founder Jeff Golf for a few practical tips.
Do not leave home without them!
There are some things that travellers should definitely leave behind: “Anything made of 100% polyester, rayon or nylon that doesn’t breathe,” insists Jeff. The same goes for stilettos. “When you travel, you often end up walking for kilometres.” Who needs blisters when you’re away on vacation! Finally, bring costume jewellery with you and leave your precious jewels behind: “You wouldn't want to lose them and ruin your stay!”
The key: Smart pairings!
Our stylist suggests opting for neutral colours like beige, white, grey, khaki and black. “Since travellers generally have limited space, you want all your clothes to match.” Then, round out those basics with a few brightly coloured items. “Your wardrobe shouldn’t be depressing either, especially when you’re on vacation.”
It’s all about the fabric
Natural fibres like silk, linen and cotton are your best friends when travelling, because they breathe and can adapt to a wide range of weather conditions. “And fabric blends containing Spandex (elastane) and viscose will stay neat-looking despite all that time in your suitcase.”
Jeff considers certain pieces indispensable for any trip. A wide scarf, for instance, can be used "to cover your shoulders like a shawl if the weather gets cooler,” he explains. A sarong is another essential item. “It can be worn in many ways, including over your bathing suit or as a skirt.”
Bringing Montréal designers along for the ride
Finally, our stylist says wearing creations by Montréal designers will give you a signature style while also showcasing our creators’ talents abroad: “Take Hélène Barbeau, who makes all her own outstanding pieces, and sells apparel by other local designers as well. [...] Those Montréal creations are absolutely perfect for travelling!” he concludes.