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Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Packing List: Hawaiian Getaway

Raise your hand if you feel like it's been winter forever. Yeah, us too.  It's hard not to start dreaming of sunshine and summer and get super bored with winter once the spring collections start to arrive in-store. 

If you're one of the lucky ones, you've got a warm weather vacation planned in the near future.  Whether it's sunny Southern California, the blazing hot desert or the beaches of Mexico, it doesn't really matter as long as it's warm.  Here at Mercantile, we've been dreaming of a tropical, Hawaiian getaway, complete with early morning walks on the beach, boogie boarding and sunset Mai Tai's. 

From L to R: T by Alexander Wang reversible jersey dress, Joie "Knapp" silk blouse, Hartford Liberty print shorts, James Perse mesh hooded pull-over, AG Jeans, Sol Angeles "Ciao" tank, Current/Elliott "Navy" skirt and "The Cinched" dress.

Remember, a successful packing list doesn't have to be lengthy, as long as all your pieces can be mixed and matched.  Sticking to a neutral color palette, with a single pop of color is always a plus and you can always add a little extra color with your shoes, accessories and of course your bikini.  Don't forget a couple pairs of sunnies and your trusty Panama hat.


Travel with Ease

Travel with Ease

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean our travel schedule is slowing down with the arrival of Fall.  The cooler it gets, the harder it may be to plan your travel ensemble.  It's likely that the plane will ossilate between terribly stuffy and absolutely freezing, while your destination may be chilly, windy and snowy. This requires careful planning, lightweight layers and versatile pieces that you can still wear once you're off the plane. 

The key is the ability to add and remove layers with ease, while looking polished, effortless and chic.  We've broken down the essentials to make your Fall travel a breeze. 

Lightweight Base Layers:  Above all, while traveling, you want to be comfortable.  There's nothing worse than too tight jeans or an itchy sweater while trapped in a plane.  Skinny jeans with lots of stretch or a ponte trouser paired with a tissue tee or cotton button-down will keep you comfy, relatively wrinkle free and totally pulled together. 

ATM Long Sleeve Tee, AG Legging Jean, Maison Scotch Boyfriend Shirt, Vince Ski Pant

Versatile Middle Layering Piece:  This is where a featherweight cashmere pullover, chunky knit vest or a denim jacket will come in handy.  Not only will they add warmth once the AC starts to blast, but they will be essential once you've reached your destination.

Wrap/Scarf/Poncho: An item that can act as a blanket, hat or even eye mask when the temperature drops or you just need a moment of calm on the plane and can easily be tucked away in your carry-on while rushing through the airport.

Outerwear:  Your best choice is a light as air puffer than can be squished into a ball to use as makeshift down pillow, but a double faced wool coat that can be layered for more warmth and act as a blanket will work as well. 

Hartford "Visual" Coat and 'S Max Mara Gileta Reversible Quilted Vest

Carry-on Bag: A backpack or tote in leather or canvas that is big enough to fit your essentials - iPad, iPhone, headphones, magazine, makeup/toiletry bag, scarf, notepad and water bottle - and can weather spilled drinks and snacks. 

Vince Signature V Bucket Bag and Rag & Bone Grayson Backpack

Delicate Accessories: The last thing you want is to be fussing with your jewelry while pulling your layers on and off.  Don't risk wearing pieces that will snag, snap or get caught on your clothes when you're removing them in a hurry at security checkpoints.  Keep them to a minimum and pack your statement pieces in your suitcase. 

Happy Travels!