With fall season just around the corner and holiday breaks coming, I’m sure there are a lot of you who are planning to travel to dreamy destinations where leaves turn a pretty orange color and the weather is pleasantly cool. If you are one of these people, then keep reading because I just came up with a helpful list of fashion essentials that you can, nay, SHOULD bring with you to your next adventure.
All these pieces are what I consider basic styles that you can mix and match with other pieces and wear over and over again all throughout the duration of your trip, without seeming like you’re running out of clothes to wear. They’re all available online as well because let’s face it, online shopping is most convenient, especially when you’re busy preparing for your trip and don’t have time to scout the mall for the perfect fashion finds.
Personally, I shop online even more now that I have my PayMaya account. PayMaya is an app that allows you to pay for anything online without the use of a credit card. I’m sure you all know how much of a hassle it is to get a credit card nowadays. So many requirements, so little time. And after all that, you still risk getting rejected. But with PayMaya, all you have to do is download the free app, sign up using your mobile number and you immediately get your card number valid for use online WHEREVER Visa is accepted! Once you load up your PayMaya account at PayMaya reloading centers nationwide, you can now buy anything and everything you want. You can even upgrade and get a PayMaya card to use at physical stores too. So cool, right? What makes PayMaya even better is that it’s so secure and safe to use. PayMaya automatically logs out when you don’t use the app and/or leave it open; plus it sends text notifications every time you use it. This way, you will know real-time if someone is trying to use or access your account.
But anyway, I digress. Back to my fall travel fashion essentials! Below I list down your must-have coats, tops, pants, accessories, and shoes.
The perfect coat. As you may have noticed, I chose to include simple coats in neutral colors. This is because coats are probably what you’ll use the most when you travel far and beyond this season so they should be versatile enough to go with most, if not all, your outfits. Extra points for functionality as well like the parka above that comes with a hood. Rain or shine, you’re ready to go!
The perfect top. If you want to pack light, then you gotta stock up on the basics that are easy to layer. A black turtleneck top is my go-to piece. It can double as both a top and thermal wear. Wear it under a dress, a low cut top, or as it. Same goes with the buttondown denim blouse. Use it as is, tie it around your waist or wear it over your shirt and under your coat for some layering. See a pattern here?
The perfect pair of pants. Not just versatile, but comfortable as well. That’s what these pants have in common. I don’t know about you but when I travel, I like to walk a lot so these are the type of pants I prefer–roomy pants (because they’re the most comfortable things ever invented), joggers (because sporty chic is always good), jeans (because you can never go wrong with a classic) and black slim fit trousers (because you can use them for whatever occasion).
The perfect pair of shoes. My pro travel tip is to always bring at least 2 pairs of shoes you can alternate. Because no matter how comfortable your shoes are, if you use them all day everyday, chances are they’ll eventually become painful and cause blisters. I chose 4 pairs that are both stylish and versatile. (Versatility is the name of the game, people.) Choose your weapon.
The perfect accessory. No look is complete with the perfect accessories but when you’re traveling, you must remember to keep your accessories hassle-free and functional. Hats and scarves for example, aren’t always just for added aesthetic appeal. They keep you warm when it gets extra breezy. As for your bag, keep it small, light and easy to manage. A body bag with secure enclosure or fastener is your best bet. As a tourist, you’re an easy target for thieves so you not only have to travel stylish but smart as well. Choose a bag that is not easily accessible to pickpockets and one that you can wear close to your body and keep an eye on.
And there you have it! All my fall fashion travel essentials. I hope you found my short list helpful.
P.S. Since we’re already on the topic of essentials, I thought I’d share with you another item that I cherish. It’s not really fashion-related hence the “P.S.” but it’s an essential tool for me most especially when I travel. It’s the MySmart app (available on both Google Play and the App Store). When you’re always on the go like me, you need tools like this to help you keep track of things. The MySmart app is an easy self-service platform that allows subscribers like me to manager our accounts online– from a simple checking of balance, retrieving account information, or activation/deactivating an array of services. It feels good to know that wherever I am, I can be in control of my account whenever.