One of the hardest parts of going on vacation for me is packing. I always want to take everything I own or buy all new clothes. And once I get to my destination I always end up shopping and buying all new clothes and only wearing those while I’m there. It’s sort of a vicious cycle. And I know I’m going to do it, but I do nothing to stop it. Oh well, you only get to go to Zara in Paris once right? No, but that doesn’t matter.
On this trip I actually challenged myself to not shop and fill a second suitcase of clothes. And I am happy to report I did very well. I only bought a few small things to bring back. I credit a lot of this to the fact I was so busy sightseeing and had such a small amount of time in each place that I didn’t want to spend it shopping. I tried to keep my packing to a formula of getting the most wear out of the fewest pieces. The problem with packing for Mykonos and Santorini was that I wanted to take everything blue and white in my closet.
I packed a few special pieces that I wanted to save for my time in each place. When I found this blue and white maxi dress just before heading off on my trip, I knew it was the dress I’d been looking for to wear in Santorini. I’ve always tied certain pieces of clothing to a special place I’ve visited. I lived in my old Banana Republic trench coat when I was working in NYC. I wore my Louboutins for dinner along the Seine in Paris. For me, fashion has always been such a huge part of who I am so it makes sense it’s such an important part of my favorite memories. It’s not just about what I wore really, it’s not really that shallow. It’s really about I felt in that moment and clothes are such a huge part of that. Everywhere I travel, I try to picture myself living there and if I feel like it fits who I am. I suppose I probably use clothes as a way to dress the part for it. Is this what I would wear if I lived in London? I can remember being in Paris wearing all black with my first truly special, adult woman purchase of Louboutins and Chanel accessories and I thought this is exactly what it feels like to feel exactly like yourself in a completely strange place.
It’s no wonder why I looked for so long for exactly the right thing to wear in Santorini. I couldn’t take just anything to such a magical place. Maxi dresses have long been a favorite of mine for Summer and vacation style. Even in the heat of the Greek islands, maxi dresses were perfect for being loose and flowing. I’ve already worn this dress a few other times since I’ve been home because it’s just that versatile. And it makes me think back to a morning spent wandering through the walkways and stairs of Oia.
I don’t think there’s anything better than getting to relive some of your favorite moments through fashion.
xo – Tracy