Summer has almost officially arrived and hopefully everyone is looking forward to vacations and long weekends in the sun. Lately, I've noticed stylish travel-friendly ladies' threads in the stores, on the streets and on my favorite app, Pinterest. Here are a few pieces to consider this summer:
I noticed Better Life Bags on Pinterest and loved their story as much as their bags. Rebecca, the owner, lives in a struggling town near Detroit. She hires local women in an effort to provide jobs in her community. She also gives 10% of monthly income to low income entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva.org. The bags can be customized to match your summer capsule wardrobe and the thick straps are the key to comfort when exploring with a bag all day. Great bags, great cause!
Soft Joie Clothing
I recently discovered Soft Joie and fell in love with the soft, light-weight material used in their garments. I purchased the Emilia Ikat print maxi dress pictured below which is so incredibly comfortable and soft that I considered sleeping in it. The material is really thin, so it barely takes up space in my carry-on and it keeps me cool on hot days. On the flip side, the thin material isn't ideal for chilly nights so remember to bring a sweater.
I love leopard print any time of year, so when I spotted a pair of linen leopard print shorts in TJ Maxx, I pounced! I like leopard print for travel because it's a fun and dressy neutral that goes with almost any color. I just wore my new shorts during a weekend visit to Nantucket (pictured below) and they were perfect for strolling through the shops and biking to the beach. I can't find the shorts on TJMaxx.com but it looks like J.Crew has a pair for sale if you can't find them at your local store.
Much of Julie Brown's clothing is travel-friendly, especially her jersey dresses which are perfect for summer destination weddings. Their Sharon wrap maxi dress (pictured below) can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and jewelry. The material is on the thicker side, resists wrinkles, and is very flattering on most body types. Julie Brown also carries tunics in bold prints that will add a pop of color to your travel wardrobe. Tunics are comfortable, multi-purpose and protect your shoulders and arms from the sun - making them perfect for summer travel.
Eva has been traveling for 15+ years, including an 8 month journey around the world.