Another trip to Barcelona, another travel wardrobe post…
Let’s keep it simple: how to pack as little as possible and stay as comfortable as possible in hot temperatures…
Well, that was the goal. Although I’m definitely not an expert on hot temperatures, given that anything over 25°C / 77°F makes me want to stay indoors with the air con on…
But, seriously, how to pack as little as possible and stay as comfortable as possible?
Right, first we choose the accessories, to be worn with everything: my favourite pair of Prada sunglasses, a white crossbody bag (= pickpocket safe) and sandals (plus a pair of flats, just in case).
Then clothes, for maximum sun protection: I prefer trousers as they cover as much of my skin as possible. For the record, I’m not a prude, I just have very fair and sensitive skin that burns easily. And I hate sunscreen.
This time I opted for pinstripe silk-mix trousers. They weigh absolutely nothing and take hardly any space in my cabin luggage. And they don’t wrinkle, either, as I just roll them up.
And then it’s just a matter of packing a few t-shirts that go with the trousers, and maybe some jewellery to spice things up a bit.
But when it comes to putting together a travel wardrobe for hot temperatures, nothing beats the kaftan dress. It’s made of rather thick viscose, which is as cool and comfortable as cotton but much less sticky. And this kaftan dress is a real wash-and-wear piece; drip-dry, no ironing needed. And it packs well, too (rolled up, not folded). It’s perfect, in other words. I’ll wear this all summer, you’ll get so bored with my posts…
graphic t-shirt: PBO / trousers: Ril’s / red t-shirt: Jigsaw /
bag: Marc Jacobs / shoes: Camper / kaftan dress: Marimekko
What’s your travel wardrobe for hot weather like?
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We just came back from the Girona area and it was mostly warm (we spent most of our time in France though where it was cooler). I found that I was comfortable in my jeans and the tops I had brought but if we had been in the middle of summer I would have definitely brought loose pants to wear and worn my dresses more.
How was Girona?
I prefer to travel when it’s a bit cooler. It’s not fun going sightseeing on a hot day. Actually, if it gets too hot, I refuse to go out at all and end up spending my days in shopping centres (kind of counter-productive, on a holiday, though). I did this once when visiting Washington D.C. : I spent all my time going from one shopping centre to another, and never saw anything. I don’t like shopping centres (quite the opposite), but they always have fantastic air conditioning. And I preferred getting bored to getting a heatstroke…
oh gosh, i’m hoping the end of sept is a heck of a lot cooler! it will be my first time in barcelona, and i’m super excited! love the purse.
Barcelona is a great place. There is so much to see and do, you’ll love it!
I really love that kaftan dress. It is interesting that we people in the North sort of feel comfortable at temperatures below the freezing point, start thawing when temperatures are above 15C and melt at temperatures over 25C.
Thanks, Nicole. Yes, and I I think it’s not just a matter of ‘getting used to’ something, either. My personal comfort zone, as far as temperatures are concerned, is somewhere between 10-20C. I’m not a fan of cold weather, either (but of course I can cope with it). But hot weather… I mean, you can always escape the cold by staying indoors. But hot weather turns my flat into a sauna (no air conditioning, windows to the west and south, and about 20 hours of daylight at the moment), So I’m happy for some cooler days in summer, too.