Suitcase Slimdown

With vacation season coming up I am sure a lot of you have one common thing on your mind: “What am I going to wear?” Ok, at least I do. I plan really far in advance. I like to have options when it comes to my vacation outfits. What if the weather takes a drastic change? What if my mood changes? What if our plans change and we do something that calls for a different wardrobe piece? Yes…these are the things that go through my mind when I am packing!

Now I am sure you can imagine that I don’t really pack lightly. I am the woman in the airport with the open suitcase throwing some shoes and other random things into her husband’s suitcase just so the over-the-weight-limit fee can be avoided.

Honestly though, now that we have not one, but two children to pack for, I am determined to start packing a little bit lighter. Our drives to the beach this summer need to be limited to one car-that means all four of us, our luggage, and all the baby contraptions and toys need to fit in one car. Ultimately…that means I need to pack a lot lighter. Is it getting hot in here?

I went through my closet and pulled some pieces that I know I will wear and that I can mix and match. Some things you want to consider:

~Styles that you can easily mix and match.

~Styles that can be worn in different destinations (beach one day, shopping the next, etc)

~Keep accessories to a minimum (include earrings, necklace, bracelets, scarf and belt)

~If you do pack several pieces of jewelry just make sure they aren’t overly bulky

~No more than 2-3 shoes

~Whatever dress or dresses you choose, make sure they are easily mixed and matched with other pieces you are taking. 

Here is what I chose to pack: 

Dress: Black hi-low maxi

Bottoms: skinny jeans, white skinny jeans, navy blue/white print skirt

Shirts: chambray, coral t-shirt, white tank top (I decided against the black and white striped shirt. But, it is something that can be small enough to toss in your suitcase just in case you need it).

Accessories: brown wedges, black sandals, nude sandals, gold clutch, fedora, two necklaces, six bracelets

Take a look at how I mixed and matched these pieces to come up with 12 different looks.

At first, I must say that it was hard to initially get started, but I made it a point to pick a handful of items that I absolutely love and wear pretty frequently. Once I had them picked out though, mixing and matching was relatively easy. 

Think about dresses and skirts when packing- they are so versatile and can change by simply tossing a sweater or shirt over the dress or pairing a different shirt with the skirt.

Another thing to think about is scarves. If you aren’t much of a jewelry person pack a few scarves! You’d be surprised at how much the whole look of an outfit can change just by adding a scarf!!

For your next trip, spend some time packing. Try to not toss whatever in your suitcase. Plan ahead. I find it easier to make a list (I just use the “notes” feature in my phone), that way when it comes time to pack and actually wear what I pack, I have an idea and it cuts down on time! 

Good luck! And just know, next time you are in the airport scrambling to lighten your load, I just may be moments away from rolling my suitcase right up next to yours!

See you back here tomorrow for this week’s Hollywood to Housewife! 




  1. Pamela
    June 6, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    That is awesome!! I don't know if I could do that, ha! I try to think of ways but don't think it would come out as cute as yours!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:14 am

      Thank you!! The challenge will be actually doing this on my vacation! haha!

  2. Kate
    June 6, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    Love this!! I may have to do my own version sometime soon!! BTW, where is that print skirt from? I love it!Kate

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:09 am

      Thank you! Its from Target…last I saw at my Target it was on one of the sale racks (I think that was a day or two ago!)

  3. Lindsay Patrick
    June 6, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Such a great post! You did a great job re-creating the pieces…I'll definitely be referring back to this on a 4 day trip we are taking

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:13 am

      Another trip!?! You are so lucky! Love the Hawaii pics 🙂

  4. Marisa
    June 6, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Love this post Becky! I always overpack, this was a great lesson!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:13 am

      Thanks, Ris. I will probably still over pack! Easier to give out advice than take your own, right? 🙂

  5. Kristen
    June 7, 2013 / 12:28 am

    Can I ask where you got your black dress and blue/white skirt? I looove them! 🙂

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:10 am

      Sure thing! The black dress is from Target- its on sale now! The skirt is also from Target and also on sale! Hope you find them!!

    • Kristen
      June 7, 2013 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you Rebecca!

  6. nory
    June 7, 2013 / 12:37 am

    Great job!!! I love this!! Now I just need all the details on where to buy all these cute pieces!!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      June 7, 2013 / 1:12 am

      I don't know why I didn't include the details in the post?!?! 🙂 The black dress, the blue/white skirt are both Target! White jeans- Old Navy. The t shirts are both Target as well. Chambray- Old Navy! Denim jacket is Target (pretty old though). They tend to carry similar pieces each season though! 🙂

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