Many packing lists tend to sacrifice fashion in the name of efficiency and practicality, praising those clunky hiking boots and convertible pant-short options. They urge the traveler to toss fashion out the window so that space is used effectively. All that advice is solid, but you still want to look cute in all those travel photos you’ll be taking!  You don’t have to wear a potato sack around the world if you want to pack well while traveling. Even if you want to travel light, you can still be fashionable too. Here are some tips for packing like a travel fashionista, without even having to check your luggage!

Base Your Packing List Around Classic Pieces

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Stock-Asso / Shutterstock

In order to travel fashionably yet smartly, classic pieces should make their way into your bag. You won’t scream tourist if you stick to tried and tested looks. A white t-shirt, trench coat, black knit pants, and a crisp blouse are classics that don’t go out of style and will enhance your look no matter what you put with them. If you’re concerned about blending in at your destination, classic pieces will make it easier to avoid the tourist label.

Only Pack Items That You Can Wear More Than Once

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To travel in style, it’s essential to pack items that you can wear different ways and more than once. You don’t have to lug your whole closet around the world to pull this off! Packing multipurpose items is easy to achieve if you set a few colors for your trip and mix in neutrals to round out your look. This step creates more outfit combinations without actually packing that many separate pieces!

Accessorize

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Svitlana Sokolova / Shutterstock

Many travelers make the mistake of packing too much clothing in an attempt to be fashionable, but really, you can save on space but still be stylish by carefully selecting the right accessories to bring. For example, a statement necklace can turn a plain black t-shirt from day to night in an instant, without having to take up a lot of space in your bag. A colorful scarf can make an otherwise humdrum sightseeing look a bit more polished. By carefully selecting your accessories, you can create different outfits without having to bring more clothing.

Select Fabrics That Like To Travel

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Alexey Stiop / Shutterstock

Perhaps nothing is more unfashionable than sightseeing and looking like you just fell out of a suitcase. Wrinkled clothing doesn’t convey a refined look, but when there’s no hotel iron to be found, sometimes it’s your only option. For a more put together look, fabric selection is key. By selecting the right fabrics for travel, you ensure that you won’t look like an unmade bed or worse, never wear half the clothes you brought because they are too wrinkled. Some fabrics like to travel more than others such as polyesters, nylon, Lycra, and knits.

Foldable Flats For the Win

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Ekaterina Pokrovsky / Shutterstock

More and more companies make foldable flats. As shoes can be one of the biggest space hoarders, foldable flats can save a great deal of space in your suitcase. At the same time, you don’t have to sacrifice your fashion sense when you bring them. Travel fashionistas can pack a simple black or nude colored pair to go with every sort of outfit. Foldable flats also make it possible to bring more than one pair. You can always bring a pair in a pop of color to jazz up an otherwise boring outfit!

If you’re tired of looking like you rolled out of your suitcase while traveling but you don’t want to pack the kitchen sink, these fashion friendly packing tips can help you effortlessly pack for travel and look great at the same time!

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Suzy Guese

Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at http://suzyguese.com.