Oregon Road Trip: Rachel-Style

Since my love of organizing is surpassed only by my love of travel, I actually look forward to packing for vacations. Sometimes I even start planning what I'm going to wear weeks ahead of time. While such forward-thinking may not always be necessary, if you're aiming to pack light (or if you're working with a capsule wardrobe), it can be useful to give yourself some extra time at the drawing board.

Several factors come into play when I pack. At the top of this list are the practical points: where am I going and what am I doing there? There's no use packing cocktail dresses for a camping trip or hiking boots for an urban getaway. That said, don't be afraid to allow for some spontaneity. Let's say the majority of your vacation warrants casual day-wear, but there's also the chance of a fancy night out. Rather than creating a separate uniform for this possibility, bring one or two pieces to dress up your daytime outfits. In "Beach Stroll," for instance, I could swap out the leather jacket & tank for a sequin statement top. Or I could change the funky jodhpurs in "I Love Portland" to a high-waist pencil skirt for a sexier evening look.

Without further adieu, here are my outfit choices for this weekend's road trip through Oregon. If you missed yesterday's post, be sure to check out Katie's wardrobe plans as well! She was the brains behind this fabulous outfit presentation method.

"Road Trip"
Shoes: Dansko Tank: H&M Sweater: Bobeau Shorts: Gap
Crossbody: Fossil

"Beach Stroll"
Leather Jacket: Big Chill Vintage
Scarf: Forever 21
Sneakers: Josef Seibel

"I Love Portland"
Crop Tee: Express
Hat: Forever 21
Jodhpurs: Forever 21
Wedges: Born
Zip Clutch: Lucky Brand

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