Ask Anne: Packing for a Family Holiday?
Anne Keane, who has spent the better part of her life—and most of her career—honing an effortless, how-does-she-do-it personal style, is our fashion strategy director. You can send her questions about everything from how to mix prints to upping your earring game at [email protected].
Dear Anne, I’m gearing up for a beach getaway with my whole brood as soon as school gets out for summer. Any sage advice for lightening up the packing? I’m crossing my fingers for smooth sailing and as little baggage as possible. —Pamela S.
Dear Pamela, Sigh. First comes love, then the babies, and finally the supermom-slash-Sherpa lifestyle of lugging the gang’s gear around to destination: everywhere. The day you’re able to successfully pare down your family’s packing list to carry-on size is no small victory. If there’s a single, hard-and-fast tip for traveling light, it’s putting together multipurpose pieces for the plane ride. Everything here does double—if not triple—duty. Bingo.
Selfridges & Co, $205
Tie it around your neck, wrist, or bag. It makes a look feel pulled-together.
A crisp white shirt is a chic staple on any trip.
MANSUR GAVRIEL Bag
Plenty spacious to handle all your stuff, plus the kids’ extras.
Just as fleecy and functional in-flight as it is for a hotel-room movie night.
These perfectly cropped jeans are game for anything.
NATIVE Mercury Liteknit
Native Shoes, $90
Featherweight sneakers to breeze through the terminal and then hit up the elliptical in the gym.
For The Girls
Puro Sound Labs, $100
This + iPad = superior sound for them, radio silence for you.
POLO RALPH LAUREN Top
Ralph Lauren, $50
This pretty top works wonders poolside (or anywhere, really).
Packs a cute punch on the plane, sightseeing, trekking to the beach…
STELLA MCCARTNEY Sweatshirt
Ever After, $70
Adorable bows lend a standard sweatshirt a dressy edge.
Petal-pink bottoms that pair with everything on the planet.
Walkable lace-ups = my version of a vacation home run.
For The Boys
Lightweight, versatile, and fit for any forecast.
Found: a streetwear tee with a cool, graphic print.
HERSCHEL Lunch Box
This camo lunch box chills snacks and stores stray Legos.
J. CREW Sweatpants
J. Crew, $40
Cozy sweats tailored like real pants.
Native Shoes, $35
Hands-free slip-ons are a godsend for zipping down to breakfast or the beach.