We here at The Style Duo love summertime and we never want to rush our time on the beach, bbqing with friends, and enjoying the lazy hazy days. BUT the end of the summer is not all bad. First of all, nothing is better than the September issues of our favorite magazines. They are always chockfull of gorgoeus fall fashions and that can be very exciting. But the best thing about the end of summer is that we, along with many others, take a nice long family vacation!

No matter where you go, or who you are traveling with we say celebrate the end of summer vacation in true style. Break out the cool clothes you weren’t brave enough to wear in July. Go to the stores and take advantage of the fabulous summer styles that are on sale. Show off that tan you’ve been working on and relax, enjoy and feel beautiful.

So now you’re really looking forward to your August vacay, but what to bring you might ask when you have so much to choose from? We suggest you pack well but “travel slim”. Here are some important tips from The Style Duo.

The key to “traveling slim” is packing versatile pieces that with the right accessories, can look perfect for various occasions. For example, a simple maxi dress can be worn as a beach cover-up, if worn with flip flops, a straw hat and a pretty tote.The same maxi can be worn for a night on the town , if worn with stylish wedges and a sequinned or lace shawl. Wear the same dress for a casual lunch date with a denim jacket, woven belt or colorful scarve.

A white blazer is another essential piece that can be worn with jeans, slacks, or a dress.

This Rachel Zoe blazer would look great over the maxi you are going to pack for your trip. And it will also keep you warm on cool beach nights and on airplanes!!

Also, take into consideration the fabric of your clothing when packing. Jersey materials travel well and remain mostly wrinkle free, while gauzy pieces are actually meant to be a little wrinkly! So both are wonderful options. Just remember when packing, take versatile clothes that can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.

And ladies,one very important tip, always leave just a little room in your suitcase for that little something special you just had to buy on your trip!

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