The muses' faithful reader Kari has brought up a very good question.
How does a fashionable woman pack without bringing three suitcases?
Well your first, and potentially best, option is to buy a suitcase three times as large as your current suitcase. I kid.
The best way to handle packing for an extended trip and avoid paying the extra baggage fees isto pack items you can easily mix and match and that are appropriate for many occasions.We all love the your L.A.M.B. T-strap heels but are they really appropriate for church, lunch at grandma's and going out on New Year's Eve? No, leave them home!
This means you should bring staple pieces with you.
You will almost always need a pair of heels (boots or pumps) and a pair of flats. Bring a cute dress, a pair of skinny jeans and tops that you can mix and match. This little goddess is spending her Christmas in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. That means the number one concern is warmth. -10 is not fun in the regular crop pants and top. So bring a sweater that you can pair with multiple tops and bottoms to make them appropriate for any climate or event.
Don't bring your wild accessories that don't match anything else. Bring things that you can wear anywhere. This does not mean your wardrobe has to be boring!
During the holidays the muses encourage you to use metallics as a neutral. May I suggest the ideal holiday packing list.
Purple Turtleneck from Forever 21, Green Dripping Blossom Tee from Anthropologie, Silk Streamers Cami from J. Crew, Soaked in Luxury Foil Oversized Cardigan from asos, Shirred Matte Jersey Dress from White House Black Market, Gold Cindy Skirt by Elie Tahari via Neiman Marcus, Lorelei Ring from Banana Republic, Stella Skinny Jeans from Express, Two Tone Tights from Top Shop, Irving Over The Knee Boots by Report Signature Shoes via shopbop.com, Jeffrey Campbell 'Pearl' Flats via Nordstrom, Kuo Ting Silver and Gold Bracelet via Couture Candy