travel like brooke

no 1. travel uniform

When traveling, I look to basics and avoid wearing anything that wrinkles, requires dry cleaning or is white. In the warmer months, fitted black cotton tees are my go-to because they're comfortable and still look polished when tucked into straight-leg denim or black cropped trousers. I'll also throw a sweater or lightweight jacket around my shoulders if needed, and opt for a leather slide like my Hermes Oran or a Chanel ballet flat

                          Toteme tee, Brock Collection denim, Celine sunglasses, Goyard tote, Hermes slides 

                          Toteme tee, Brock Collection denim, Celine sunglasses, Goyard tote, Hermes slides 

no 2. carry-on bag and essentials

I always travel with my Goyard St. Louis GM because it doubles as the perfect carry-on and handbag, and the matching pouch holds my boarding pass, cards and passport. My en-flight essentials: a good book, headphones, large bottle of water and my travel size Amorepacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy for post-flight hydration. 

no 3. never leave home without

Celine sunglasses and my camera.  

                                 Toteme knit dress, Celine sunglasses, ATP Atelier slides at Le Sirenuse 

                                 Toteme knit dress, Celine sunglasses, ATP Atelier slides at Le Sirenuse 

no 4. packing strategy

When packing, I always envision my outfits (including accessories) in my head, and ensure that everything I pack is well thought out. Otherwise, I end up with a suitcase full of pieces that I don't end up wearing. I try to pack as minimally and strategically as possible so I can save room for important things, like shoes and a travel steamer. 

no 5. best travel tip 

There is nothing worse than not having an outfit for the right occasion when traveling, which is why I always plan out all of my outfits according to my itinerary. But my best travel tip is to be prepared and pack one or two extra outfit options (like an easy dress or two-piece set) for any last minute changes or events.  

— BK

packing list: Amalfi Coast, Italy

Next week I'm off to the dreamy Amalfi Coast. I'd be lying if I said I haven't been shopping for months in preparation for this trip. Whenever I go on vacation I invest in a few new pieces that help inspire my upcoming travel wardrobe. However, I've been prepping for this trip for awhile so I should probably hide my credit card until Labor Day. 

The backdrop of the Amalfi Coast is rich in vibrant colors so I'm definitely feeling a little inspired to have fun and play up my otherwise neutral wardrobe. As of late, I've been into shades of marigold, cream, and even rust — and I'm very big on comfort so anything linen, lightweight, or easy, breezy has caught my eye.  

So, how do I pack for four cities in two weeks? A lot of mixing and matching. I plan on bringing only a few pairs of comfortable shoes that will pair well with everything that I plan on packing (and I'll be sure to pick up a pair of bespoke leather sandals while on Capri!). 

Secondly, I purchased a few new dresses and kaftans that I love, but I mainly focused on chic, loose-fit trousers and high-waisted skirts so they can double as both daytime and nighttime looks. For example, a skirt paired with a one piece swimsuit and leather slides by day, and a silky or knit tank and espadrille wedges by night.

Lastly, when it comes to accessories I plan on keeping things simple. I will be bringing one small and one large straw tote, a wooden clutch, two pairs of sunglasses and three pairs of statement earrings. This way, again, everything can be easily mixed and matched. The less time you spend thinking (about what to wear), the more fun you'll have. 

 — BK  

 

TOTEME

knit dress

CÉLINE 

sunglasses 

CASTAÑER

espadrilles

MATTEAU

one piece suit

JOSEPH

cotton wide leg trousers

SENSI STUDIO

straw tote

ZIMMERMAN

linen dress

FAYE ANDRADA

gold hoop earrings

KHAITE

knit tank top

ALEXA CHUNG

denim pencil skirt

the kaftan

When the heat index reaches almost triple digits, a chic kaftan is the answer to easy, breezy summer dressing. They are perfect worn over a swimsuit for lounging poolside, shopping at the farmers market or traveling in style. A kaftan can even be worn to a summer BBQ paired with a flat leather slide — just add statement earrings and a mini rattan bag, and you're party look is complete. 

— BK

I've gathered my favorite kaftans for summer 2017.