Five Stylish Travel Tips

Five Stylish Travel Tips

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You’re revving up for that fall rendezvous you’ve been planning since June—the car door is open, the key’s in the ignition, but have you appropriately packed?

Cincy Chic has the answer to your fall break fashion quandary with the top five fashion pieces every diva should pack for an autumn trip — whether it’s to the Bahamas, Ohio’s wine country or upstate New York.

Be a Hobo

Well, not really. But at least carry the commodious, stylish bag with the same name. Hobo bags carried by the fashionable world have gotten bigger and bigger as the seasons pass, which is also the No. 1 reason a hobo should become an essential part of your fall getaway packing — these bags combine cuteness and roominess, making them the perfect travel combination. Find a hobo that is structured to achieve a more designer look. For extra panache, pick up a hobo in a metallic color, such as the one designed by Devi Kroell for Target retailing at $34.99.

Boot up the Ankle

This fall’s hottest boot style is the ankle. Made in almost every fabric and shade, the ankle boot can be dressed down and up, depending on need and occasion. A versatile piece such as the ankle boot is a must for any kind of travel venture. Besides, boots will be useful for any walking you may be doing on your fall getaway (since the hot pink stilettos you bought over the summer won’t be much help when you’re walking down a scenic, autumn-foliage strewn path). Pair your boots with leggings in a coordinated pattern or color to keep out the cold. One ankle boot made for travel is the Simply Vera Noir Ankle Boot by Vera Wang (carried at Kohl’s). Retailing at $89.99, the boots have a side buckle for easy on and off slippage and a padded footbed for extra comfort (and they’re super sleek).

The Look of Royalty

Another fall fashion staple to pack on your trip is a color: purple. Anything in this royal hue will be at the forefront of the season’s fashion scene. Think deep plums and jewel-toned violets that will stand out against the season’s other top colors: chocolate brown and wine red. Be it in a scarf, dress, shoe or a blouse, the color purple is sure to be your ticket into the most fabulous gatherings in whatever neck of the woods you visit! Try out Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker’s sleeveless sweater in deep purple retailing at $19.99 at Steve & Barry’s stores for a look that is both fashionable and warm enough for the cooling temperatures.

Patently Beautiful

In the same way the color purple is a fall fashion shoo-in, so is patent leather, the presence of which will leave any onlookers breathless! Accessories made of patent leather are shiny and chic, catching the eye and providing extra vavoom to any outfit. Patent leather packs a dynamic punch to your outfit so you don’t have to lug around lots of glits and glam on your travels. Don’t overdo the patent, however. Only one accessory or two at a time is recommended, unless you want to blind passersby. The best patent products? Shoes, bags and belts, of course. Glam up your getaway’s special night with a little black dress and a red patent belt, such as the wide version carried at Aldo for $30.

Carry a Lightweight

Being prepared in the form of a lightweight jacket is the final (and probably most important) fall fashion trip piece, because, hey, it’s getting cold out there! But this isn’t your momma’s flannel pullover. Pick a jacket made of a thin material that is stylishly tailored, whether it is in the form of cute details, like ruching or large buttons, or in the pattern of the fabric itself, such as houndstooth, tweed or plaid. Layering a jacket like this over your already beautiful fall clothing (i.e. ankle boots, patent leather, etc.) will be the icing on your ensemble’s cake! Stop by Forever 21 for a taffeta jacket featuring over-sized buttons that retails at $32.80.