Spring break—for many of us in the Valley, it’s a week each year when we have to find alternative child care, or maybe it’s when you do everything in your power to avoid sunnier climes and the inevitable college crowd. But there’s a third category: perennial snowbirds or those who just embrace the season for what it is. As such, you might find yourself on a plane to somewhere sunny in the next couple of months, and if so, this is the guide for you. The attire you wear defines you even when you’re on vacation, says Val Aune, fashion collector and owner of La Rue Marché in Hudson. Here are some of her top picks to ensure you have a stylish trip.
Power of Positive Thought
Start your vacation in the right state of mind by packing yourself a pouch of good vibes—maybe even consider pre-travel beverages from a Good Vibes Only mug. Happy travel pouch, $15; mug, $16; Instant Happy Journal, $16.99.
Critical to any sunny locale, a nice pair of Jackie O’s can be a fashion statement even when you’re lounging by the pool with not much else on. Tom's, $139–$199.
Platform Shoes or Sandals
When traveling, you don’t have a lot of extra real estate for fancy footwear, and there’s often a chance you’ll be hoofing it more than usual. The need for one very fashionable, very comfy pair of shoes that can go from day to night is key. Ipanema sandals, $25.
Dangling Earrings and Other Affordable Baubles
One of the biggest worries while traveling, whether domestic or abroad, is fear of losing those expensive diamond studs. The key is packing fewer pieces of jewelry that can go the distance—and all the better if it’s costume jewelry, in case you can’t keep track of all your possessions. Bigger is bolder, so dangling earrings can take you from a day sunning by the pool to an evening out. Or select a pendant with a focal point, like an owl or a bright-colored gem. Don't forget to deck out your luggage, Aune says, "it needs accessories, too:" Papaya Art travel tags make your bags visible from afar ($10). Jewelry by Guilded Grey, $42–$149.
Sun hat, Beach Tote or Clutch
Hats and purses can be particularly tricky to travel with, so take it or leave it—but when you take it, be sure it’s got a pop of style. Any wide-brimmed hat will do for this utilitarian purpose, and a bag whatever the size of your essentials (don't forget the lip balm and sunscreen) might be just the ticket.
Cleanse and Refresh
After your trip, "Scrub away the salt water with a summery-scented soap," Aune says. Farmhouse Fresh soaps and bath bombs, $11.50.
“Now more than ever our customers want to maximize their wardrobes,” Val Aune says, which is why La Rue Marché offers a wardrobe consultation that might be just the ticket for your next travel experience.