With weight restrictions on checked luggage, it’s hard to travel light and be fashionable. I used to be the girl with 2 suitcases and a carry-on…for a 7 day trip. Why? Because I needed options and apparently thought I’d be doing outfit changes every few hours like Scarlett (of the O’Hara clan). So young. So naive. Now that I am wearing my Big Girl Panties, I’ve learned that all I need is one suitcase and a backpack.
It was hard in the beginning but you learn the critical items you need…and where to find a laundromat. The last thing you want to deal with while traveling to different countries is a lot of luggage. Most metro systems in European cities do not have escalators or elevators so you are stuck carrying your suitcase up and down steps. By the time you finally reach your destination, you are cursing the name Louboutin and wondering why in the world you needed to bring 5 pair of stilettos when you can’t walk in them on cobbled streets. The struggle is real.
With space limitations, you have to figure out how to make 1 outfit work more than once. How do I accomplish this? With my favorite fashion accessory…SCARVES! I like to wear a lot of black because
I have put on quite a few pounds it’s fashionable. Wearing black also allows you to accessorize with lots of different colors. While I love to shop for scarves in the cities I visit, I always bring a few with me from home to be safe.
Forget the big chain retail stores and support small businesses. I love Etsy! How I got addicted to the app is baffling to me. All I know is that I browse the online shops at least 3 times a week looking for unique accessories that I won’t see on 10 other women at the airport. The items I highlight below were all purchased by me with no compensation from the owners. This is just my opinion and recommendation of fabulous shops that you might want to check out on Etsy.
Right now, my favorite shops are:
DottieQ — She has a collection of amazingly funky knit scarves in a vast array of colors, offers super fast shipping and is a dream to buy from! I love this rope scarf!!
Bo Peep’s Bonnets – I am in LOVE with the Chunky Knit Cowls I purchased from her. She is super responsive and offers a great selection of colors. Can’t wait for my slouchy hat to arrive so I can wear it on my trip to Iceland in January!
Scarf Arts – This store has a huge collection of beautiful silk scarves in lovely solids & prints. The scarves are super soft and wash really well. This (and a pink print) are my “go to” scarves year round! You can dress it up or down.
Zojanka – The designer/craftsman is located in Poland and she has a ton of funky/edgy scarves like the one pictured below. I love that I can wear the bracelet alone or as part of the scarf! Multi-purpose and great for travel!!
Verbosity – This shop specializes in upcycled t-shirt scarves. Originally, I had ordered a custom-made scarf representing my college alma mater, Indiana University. Then, I saw she had a Star Wars scarf and was like, “I need this in my life immediately.”