How to Stay Stylish While Living Out of a Bag, Part III

by Gigi Griffis

All photos by Daniel Wang.

Earlier in the week, I did a little show and tell about how I stay stylish on the road.

There was so much to say on the topic, I wrote two posts. And now I’m wrapping things up with a third post. A brief little breakdown of my rules for staying stylish on the road—or how I go about feeling pretty when I’m living out of a backpack.

Without further ado, then, 8 simple rules for staying stylish on the road:

1. Pick one base color that goes with everything (in my case, black) and buy a couple tops and bottoms in said base color.

2. Stick to a color palette where everything complements everything else (in my case, pink, red, yellow, and orange).

3. Layer.

4. Pack clothes that are wrinkle resistant, quick drying, and durable whenever possible.

5. Change things up with a few choice accessories.

6. Make sure your boots are made for walkin’, as well as made for cute.

7. Only pack things that make you feel good.

8. A couple tank tops and a black pencil skirt will take you far.

Gigi Griffis

Ciao for now, darlings

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Montecristo Travels (Sonja) January 16, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Love your post(s) – you prove it can be done and it isn’t hard. Style, sexiness and practicality do not have to be mutually exclusive. I think you become really a mature Lady when you realize you do not have to compromise style for function. There is always an option.

Gigi January 16, 2013 - 4:47 pm


Bev Genevish February 4, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Anatomie has some very cute jackets/coats. Do you own any? If so, how warm are they? I’m trying to find something to take to Italy in October. Being a Florida girl, I’m pretty cold natured….as in if it gets below 72, I need sleeves…and a scarf and a parka and gloves. You see where I’m going. God help me if a breeze kicks up. It’s pathetic. I’m looking for a snazzy jacket that will keep me cozy but won’t suck up a lot of luggage space.

gigigriffis February 5, 2013 - 3:29 am

Hi Bev,

I own one of their zip-ups (so more of a hoodie than a jacket) and it’s much more of a springtime/summer in the evening jacket. It’s made from a silky fabric and doesn’t keep warmth very well (I didn’t wear it at all in Italy except on laundry day). It was perfect for California in the winter and I wore it all the time, but not Italy.

That said, some of their other jackets look much warmer. I think this one was meant to be thinner. :)

The hoodie I’m talking about:

julie kesti February 7, 2013 - 7:52 pm

this is a great series! i’ve traveled a fair amount, but i have not perfected this skill!

i’m going to bookmark this post! it should be simple. but i somehow make it hard. ;)


gigigriffis February 8, 2013 - 2:22 am

Thanks, Julie! I think it’s definitely a learned skill – packing and still staying stylish.

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