Traveling Light to SoCal: 4 Pieces, 6 Looks

I love packing light when I travel. In fact, the lighter I pack, the more excited I am about going on a trip!

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The initial reason that motivated me to pack light when I started traveling a lot in college was in fact because I used to worry about not being able to lift my carry-on onto the overhead bins. Yes, kind of a silly and embarrassing reason, I know, but it’s the truth (ha!). I didn’t like to ask other people to help me, let alone strangers, so I always tried to pack as little as possible.

And then when I got over that, I still had to pack light because I would fly with budget airlines and try to avoid check-in bag fees. As a college student, I was only able to travel with the money I saved up from my part-time job, and I preferred to have enough to see more places than to spend on luggages.

Overtime, I think I just got better and better at packing in general! and perhaps more creative with my packing, too!

Last month, I went back to southern California, where I was originally from, to see my brother. I was visiting for about a week but was only able to pack a few items because I was also in the middle of moving between apartments back in New York, and I had to pack most of my closet into boxes before I flew out.

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So in the end, I only picked out 4 key pieces to bring with me, but I was able to put a total of 6 outfits together with the same pieces!

The four key pieces I brought with me were:

  1. A long-sleeve denim shirt

  2. A burnt orange satin midi dress from & Other Stories

  3. An ivory midi silk skirt from Maggie Wu Studio

  4. A plain white t-shirt from Madewell

Additionally, I packed a pair of flat sandals from Bella Belle Shoes and wedge heels from mint & rose; I wore my good o’l pair of white sneakers.

 
 

Check out the 6 different outfits I put together with the 4 pieces I brought with me:

Outfit No. 1: Midi Satin Dress

The first look is just this dress from & Other Stories as it is. The piece is comfortable to wear thanks to its silky material. I love the length of the dress as well as its adjustable straps.

Wearing the dress as it is exploring the college campuses in Claremont, California. Photo by  Rebecca Zeller .

Wearing the dress as it is exploring the college campuses in Claremont, California. Photo by Rebecca Zeller.

Outfit No. 2: Midi Satin Dress + Ivory Silk Skirt

By layering my trusty ivory silk skirt from Maggie Wu Studio over the dress, I’ve now created the second outfit! Because the silk material is breathable and light, the double layers wasn’t too warm or thick.

 
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By adding the skirt over the satin dress, it looks like I’m wearing a camisole on top of the silk skirt. Photos by  Rebecca Zeller .

By adding the skirt over the satin dress, it looks like I’m wearing a camisole on top of the silk skirt. Photos by Rebecca Zeller.

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Outfit No. 3: White T-shirt + Ivory Silk Skirt

My favorite out of the six, this monochrome all-white outfit is fail-proof. I mean, can you really go wrong with white on white on white?

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I wore the white t-shirt over Maggie Wu Studio’s ivory silk skirt and paired the outfit with white sneakers. Photos by  Rebecca Zeller .

I wore the white t-shirt over Maggie Wu Studio’s ivory silk skirt and paired the outfit with white sneakers. Photos by Rebecca Zeller.

Outfit No. 4: White T-shirt + Midi Satin Dress

For the 4th look, I wore the white t-shirt under the midi satin dress! This look is casual and allows me to cover up some skin, too. Because yes, there are days when I prefer to show less skin.

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Outfit No. 5: Denim Shirt + Midi Satin Dress

This was actually my first look at the airport. I like wearing dresses on flights because they tend to be looser and more comfortable to be in. I put the long-sleeves denim shirt over so that I wouldn’t be cold on the plane.

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Outfit No. 6: Denim Shirt + Ivory Silk Skirt

Another favorite of mine is this outfit with the denim shirt over the ivory silk skirt; I just love the light color palette for warmer weather!

 
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A denim shirt paired with the ivory silk skirt and Bella Belle Shoe’s sandals.

A denim shirt paired with the ivory silk skirt and Bella Belle Shoe’s sandals.

 

Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Thank you for stopping by Happily Ever Style.

xoxo,

Tricia

 

Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.