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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!

XO
Mercantile

 

Packing List: Festival Season

Packing List: Festival Season

It's that time of year again, and no we're not talking about Spring.  It's time to pack your bags and head out on a music filled adventure.  You'll want to be stylish while staying cool and comfortable for the long days spent outside and on your feet.  Whether it's Sasquatch. Bonaroo or the ultimate, over the top, desert wonderland that is Coachella, we've got all the festival gear you need.

A music festival is the perfect opportunity to go a little wild with your wardrobe, it's all about layers and mixing patterns and textures.  Don't be afraid to step a bit outside your comfort zone and have fun.

Rag & Bone Aria Tank, Iro Jeans Glossy Tee, G. Kero Jungle Shorts,
Iro Hook Skirt, Frame Denim Le Garcon Jeans, J. Brand Denim Vest,
Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Fringe Pullover, Rag & Bone Grayson Backpack,
Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora

Day 1 Festival:

Iro Jeans Tank, G. Kero Shorts and Rag & Bone Hat

Night 1 Party:

Rag & Bone Tank, Iro Skirt, J. Brand Denim Vest

Day 2 Festival:

Rag & Bone Tank, Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Sweater and G. Kero Shorts

Night 2 Party:

Iro Jeans Tank, Frame Denim Jeans, and Rag & Bone Backpack 

Day 3 Festival:

Iro Jeans Tank, Iro Skirt, Rag & Bone Backpack

Flight Home:

Cotton by Autumn Cashmere Sweater, Frame Denim Jeans and Rag & Bone Backpack

We would also pack a couple pairs of your favorite sunnies, a bikini or 2, a colorful lace bra to layer under your tanks, a flat sandal and leather boot for day and a strappy heel for the parties at night.

If you're lucky enough to be heading to the UK - where the weather tends to be muddy instead of sunny - pack your Stutterheim jacket and a pair of Wellies to keep you dry.

XO
Mercantile

Packing List: Beach Getaway

Packing List: Beach Getaway

With Spring feeling so far away - six more weeks to be exact - it's time to start planning your next weekend trip outta here.  What better way to beat those winter blues than planning a relaxing beach getaway somewhere warm and sunny...Sayulita anyone?

Our buyers Haley and Annie have put together their 8 packing essentials. The best part is they'll all fit into your Will Leather Goods backpack.   

For a warm weather trip we suggest packing a versatile tank that can be dressed up or down, a graphic t-shirt, your tried and true jean shorts, breezy pants that can be worn day or evening, a versatile t-shirt dress, a lightweight jacket for early morning walks and a scarf for chilly evenings.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JOIE ALICIA TANK,
SOL ANGELES L'AMOUR SCOOP NECK TEE, VINCE MASON SHORT,
THEORY KORITE STRIPE PANT, WILL LEATHER GOODS DOME BACKPACK, 
RICHIAMI MODAL AND CASHMERE SCARF,
RAG & BONE/JEAN BAJA BEACH HOODIE, THEORY CHERRY T-SHIRT DRESS

The key to an efficient and effective packing list is to make sure every item can be worn multiple ways and it's important to stick with your wardrobe essentials.  By planning ahead you can make sure you have an outfit for every occasion, day or night. We've broken down a few combinations below to inspire you.

TANK + STRIPED PANTS + SCARF = DINNER IN SAN PANCHO

GRAPHIC TEE + BAJA JACKET + JEAN SHORTS + BACKPACK
DAY TRIP TO PUERTA VALLARTA

T-SHIRT DRESS + SCARF = BEACHSIDE MARGARITAS AT DON PEDRO'S

GAPHIC TEE + STRIPED PANTS = MORNING COFFEE AT CHOCO BANANA

T-SHIRT DRESS, BAJA JACKET + BACKPACK = WALK INTO TOWN

The five outfits above are just the beginning.  When you're packing list is concise and well planned, the outfit possibilities are endless and the stress of what to wear is completely removed.  Be sure you add a flat leather sandal that can be worn any time of day and your well loved canvas sneakers to the mix you'll be completely set.

Don't forget to send us a postcard!

XO
Mercantile