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Pack Light…the Lines are Long

You’re travelling for the holidays. And of course, you have to look stylish while doing so. Yet with the TSA’s most recent recommendations – known as SimpliFLY – packing for even a couple of days can seem like a daunting task. But have no fear, intrepid travellers! We are here to help streamline the process and keep you looking good from tarmac to table with this week’s Goodwill Good Buys of the Week. Whether going by train, plane, boat, bus, or automobile, comfort is the key.

That’s why the first ensemble features a great pair of metallic wedge shoes (easy to slip off for those pesky metal detectors), straight leg jeans (with a bit of stretch for the post-meal trip back home), a versatile vintage safari jacket (with embroidery on the left breast pocket for a touch of whimsy), some timeless Ray Ban sunglasses, and a vintage travel satchel that’s easy to throw over the shoulder (because we all know how annoying those wheeled suitcases are when you’re in the hurry).

The jacket is old school LL Bean (it even has the classic cursive logo on the tag) and appears to be a men’s small or medium that was co-opted by a creative woman who had the embroidery to the left added. It’s in great shape and sturdy enough for years more of wear and tear. Plus, with all the pockets, you can stash plenty of snacks for the trip! The jeans are by Paper Denim and Cloth are a size 30. They’re lightweight and very flattering, with slight distressing at the knees and bottom hems. Perfect for a relaxing weekend with the fam. The bag is by “Galaxy Trav-ler Inc.” and still has the original tag on it! It must be 30 years old, although it’s never been used. The bronze wedges by Bandolino are a size 9 1/2 and have also never been used – they’re mint condition.

As great as this comfortable travel gear is, you’ll also need at least one dressier outfit for, you know, dinner out, seeing old friends, or just looking spectacular in general. I’ve taken a great pair of black velvet trousers by Brooks Brothers and paired them with a long polyester tunic from Target and a great animal-print jacket from Willi Smith. Certainly, the tops are far less expensive than the pants, but the overall effect of the mix of fabrics and patterns makes the entire outfit look luxurious and expensive. Oh! And the clutch. I’ve added a sequined clutch, which you can stash away in that Galaxy carry-on when it’s not in use.

The great thing about an outfit like this is that it’s forgiving to figure flaws (hello, tunics!), yet flattering to a variety of body types (straight black pants = long legs). I chose a simple pair of black flats to finish the look and continue the long line of the leg. And when you’re ready to hit the malls on Friday morning, just throw on a simple long-sleeve tee, the jeans, and the black flats for a chic shopping outfit that will keep you comfortable as the crowds swell.

Both of these outfits can do double and triple duty throughout the weekend, so that the only other items you’ll want to add are a couple of long-sleeve tees in festive jewel tones (they’ll work with the jeans and the velvet trousers), a brown dress (to wear with the bronze wedges), and some brown and black tights and trouser socks. No need to check luggage! Now that’s a Happy Thanksgiving.