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Holiday Travel: Tips for Packing In Style

November 11, 2014

The holiday season is right around the corner, so whether you’ve got plans to visit family or you’re heading to a special getaway, you’ll want to pack smart, which means getting the most options out of the fewest pieces. Minimal packing is ideal for your holiday travel for three reasons—you’ll avoid dragging around heavy luggage, you’ll have space in your bags to bring home fabulous finds, and you’ll have less to unpack once you get back! Make holiday travel simple and stress-free by packing items that can be mixed and matched. Watch some of Becky’s favorite pieces to pack this season in the video below.

 Some basic things to keep in mind before you start packing are weather reports for duration of your stay and any commitments that you have for your trip. Do you have a formal evening? Will you be exercising or hiking? Will a bathing suit be necessary? Create your list from there, and don’t forget to pack essentials like accessories (the perfect touch to pull your look together), sunscreen (it’s just as important in the winter months!) and a good book.

 Here are a variety of cities and packing guides to give you a good idea of just how fun it can be to pull together a travel wardrobe that is stylish and versatile.


Think casual, beachy, and breezy. You’ll want pieces that can take you from the beach to a romantic restaurant. The Border Stripe Cami has a gorgeous contrast with its tile print and modern border stripe hem. It’s perfect with the Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend and Bisou Scarf for a day of sightseeing in Tulum’s beautiful ruins. As day turns to night, slip into your CAbi LBD and use the Bisou Scarf as a shawl to keep you warm in the cool evening breeze. Hit the town for some shopping the next day with your Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend and your Sleeveless Overlay Tee for a totally different stylish look.

Outfits: (left) Bisou Scarf, Border Stripe Cami, Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend, Marc Jacobs Crossbody Bag, Ancient Greek Sandals
(middle) Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet, Cabi LBD, Bisou Scarf, Sophia Webster Sandals
(right) Sleeveless Overlay Tee, FENDI Sunglasses, FINDS Tote, Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend, Ancient Greek Sandals



Make sure to layer up while you’re taking in the breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains and picturesque lake. Anchor your look using the Ponte Legging and Nanook Jacket, and you’ll have a variety of options for layered looks. You’ll look stunning out in the snow with the Poseidon Puffer and cozy chic by the fire with a hot latte and the Nanook Jacket. For a sleek evening look that’s perfect for cabin dining, go monochromatic with the black Layering Turtleneck and Ponte Legging.

Outfits: (left) Poseidon Puffer, UGG Earmuffs, Glee Pullover, Glee Tank, UGG Gloves, Pierre Hardy Backpack, Ponte Legging 
(middle) Nanook Jacket, Striped Tee, Jocelyn Scarf, Echo Gloves, Michael by Michael Kors Bootie, Bittersweet Cargo
(right) Chan Luu Scarf, Layering TurtleneckNanook JacketPonte Legging, Barney’s New York Gloves, Prada Boot



Enjoy a tasty and traditional lobster dinner this Thanksgiving in Cape Cod! You’ll want to pack simple pieces with clean lines that are perfect for a stroll on the beach or capturing pictures of lighthouses.  Pair classic tops, like our Pinstripe Shirt, with our Zipper Pullover or the jet black side of our Travel Reversible Vest for a modern preppy look. Double your options by pairing your Travel Reversible Vest with the Layering Turtleneck, a chic, all-black look that’s perfect for perusing Provincetown.  Go for elegant and easy eveningwear with the Chic Shirt tucked into the Femme Skirt and your favorite heels while you relax over a fine glass of wine.

Outfits: (left) CAbi Hardware Bangles, Travel Reversible Vest (yellow side), Pinstripe Shirt, Saint Laurent Tote, Miu Miu Loafer, Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend
(middle) Larsson & Jennings, Jacquard Jacket, Chic Shirt, J.Crew Tights, Femme Skirt, Jimmy Choo Ankle Boot
(right) Travel Reversible Vest (black side), Stella McCartney Baseball Cap, Layering Turtleneck, Comet Wash Tapered Boyfriend, Isabel Marant Belt, Miu Miu Loafer


Bigger is better in the Lone Star State. Keep that in mind when packing your bags and make a statement with your style. Go big or go home with a rocking ensemble that pairs the Tapestry Print Blouse with the Infinite Vest. Tuck the blouse into the Galaxy Wash Slim Boot and amp up the attitude with a killer hat for an evening of live music. Keep it edgy and chic with the Estate Jacket taking center stage, perfect for a day of museum hopping and the city’s amazing BBQ eateries! Repurpose the Galaxy Wash Slim Boot with a modern, feminine take on the Texas Tuxedo by pairing it with killer ankle boots, a metallic belt, and a clutch that pops for the perfect look.

Outfits: (left) Infinite Vest, Michael by Michael kore Watch, Tapestry Print Blouse (tucked in), Galaxy Wash Slim Boot, Eugenia Kim Hat, Gianvito Rossi Pump
(middle) Gucci Sunglasses, Estate Jacket, Jubilee Top, Ponte Pencil Skirt, Isabel Marant Ankle Boot, Marni Shoulder Bag
(right) McQueen Shirt, Galaxy Wash Slim Boot, Isabel Marant Belt, Diane von Furstenberg Clutch, Isabel Marant Boot


What are your holiday travel plans? Let us know what CAbi pieces will be making their way into your suitcase!