packing light: nyc in the spring

packing light NYC in spring

we just got back from a family trip to NYC and it was amazing!  we were blessed with amazing weather, but we were prepared just in case it wasn’t so great.  with 5 of us traveling for 6 days, we tried to pack pretty light.  here are my outfits, and some tips!

packing light NYC in spring

for flying, i like to wear leggings for comfort, but to dress it up just a touch.  you never know when the flight attendant may need to choose someone for first class ;)  i don’t prefer to show my bum, so a longer tunic works perfectly.  i layer on a thin cardigan, and always always always wear/carry a scarf.  this can be used as a light blanket, a pillow, for a little extra warmth.  i like to wear flats on the plane, but decided to wear sandals this time.  i also tuck a pair of warm socks in my purse for once i’m on the plane – my feet always get cold!

we got into the city around 6, so this outfit transitioned well for walking and heading out for dinner – no need to change outfits!

leggings //  tunic {similar, similar} // scarf {similar} //  sandals {similar, similar, similar, similar}

packing light NYC in spring

like i said, we had amazing weather.  our first day was easily over 85*!  a tank would’ve been better, but this cotton shirt still worked nicely because it was light colored and loose fitting.  i tend to keep my outfits fairly neutral when traveling so if the weather throws me for a loop i can layer on pieces from other outfits and they’ll still work.  also, cross body bag.  a must.  i brought 2 with, both lay pretty flat.  why do i like these for travel?  because they have enough storage to fit the daily essentials, but not enough room to carry everyone else’s goodies!  each of my kids carried their own small bag for themselves (yay for big kids!).  cross body bags are great for long days of walking because i don’t have to hold my bag, i can alternate shoulders, and it is tight against my body on crowded sidewalks.

shirt {similar, similar} //   jeans //  converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

the next day the weather was cooler, even a teeny bit sprinkly (i think i felt maybe 10 drops).  it was still pretty warm, so an airy top with a light jacket was plenty warm.  comfy shoes are a must if you plan on walking much.  i have made the mistake of choosing cute shoes over comfort when traveling before and it was so bad i won’t ever do it again!  these boots were awesome.

shirt {similar, similar, similar} //  jeans //  jacket {similar} //  boots // bag {similar}

packing light NYC in spring

i am pretty sensitive to changes in temperature, so when i chose to wear a tank top, i also grabbed a sweater.  thankfully, my bag  is big enough to shove a sweater into if needed.

tank //  sweater //  pants {similar, similar, similar} //  converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

i don’t usually dress super casual when we travel, but in NYC i think you can really wear anything and fit in.  people & style watching there was so much fun!

shirt {similar, similar} //  jacket  {similar} //  jeans // converse //  bag

packing light NYC in spring

we had a morning flight out so no time for fun other than a quick walk to breakfast.  my “travel leggings” were on the bottom of the dirty clothes pile so there was no re-wearing them this time around!  jeans it was.  after having 3 kids, i have found that i prefer loose fitting tops.  i’m self conscious about my belly, so this trapeze sweater is perfect!  and again, a scarf.

sweater //  jeans //  boots //  scarf {similar} //  bag {similar}

i also packed a dressier dress, opaque tights and heels just in case, but we didn’t need them.  i also threw in a couple extra shirts in case i changed my mind.

i love the challenge of packing light!  if anyone wants to see what i’d pack for hawaii in the summer, i’d be happy to share.  all i need is for someone to send me there!

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

sorry for being MIA last week!  we headed to new york as a family and i thought it would be a fun break to leave my computer behind.  and then tuesday night came along and i was all, “OH MY GOODNESS, TOMORROW IS WEDNESDAY!”  so… sorry about that!  if you have 2 posts to link up (this week’s and last week’s), do it!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

so this was pretty much my uniform in the weeks building up to getting our house ready to sell (more on that later…).  so this tank i love.  great cut, super soft, but. its that vintage-y looking fabric that just gets thinner every time i wear & wash it.  dangit.

tank – forever 21 // jeans – forever 21 // converse – nordstrom rack // cardigan – target (sooo old) //  glasses – david kind

what i wore at the pleated poppy

we did a little shopping when we were in NYC (hello TWO anthropologies).  the forever 21 in times square was the best f21 i have ever been in – super organized, not crammed, clean, easy to find things!  all this to say, i got this new top!

top – forever 21 //  jeans – forever 21 //  boots – zappos //  necklace – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

i popped into target for not clothes and somehow left with clothes.  funny how that happens.  my girls loved this top, and who am i to disappoint them? ;)

tank – target //  cardigan – vintage evy’s tree //  jeans – local boutique //  converse – off broadway shoes //  glasses – david kind

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