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My #1 Must-Have Travel Accessory

By 01/28/2012January 28th, 201713 Comments

I am someone that likes to travel light even though I have no idea how to pack properly so that I end up with everything I need. But last week when I arrived at my workshop I think I finally pulled it off!  It helps that I’ve been shopping with my Stylist Angie for four seasons now.


One great tip is to create a list on your computer or iphone so that you don’t forget things like camera chargers and flip flops to get you to the hotel pool.

Ready for the one fashion item you cannot live without? Since I was the only one in the workshop wearing one, I figure we all need this tip.

Anytime I see a photo of a  celebrity walking out of an airport, what does every single one of them seem to have in common?

Drumroll please. . . A scarf.


The reason I mention celebrities is because they often have stylists so I pay attention if I like what they are wearing. And I’m always looking for ways to be more stylish and at the same time warm because I get cold easily.


Mostly they should be long so you can wrap them many different ways and most importantly they keep you warm on a plane or if you have to sit in meetings in hotels which can get chilly.

When I learned the tip that scarves should generally be big and long, I realized that is why most of the little scarves I have in my closet go unworn. Also it’s worth it to buy a more expensive one with cashmere because they don’t wrinkle as easily.

Better to have one expensive scarf than five cheap ones that look, well cheap.

What colour should you buy?

Kate Spade

If you have a purse in a great colour, buy a scarf to match, this way even if you are wearing all neutrals you’ll also be wearing a great pop of colour! Or there’s lots of great scarves that are colour blocked (above) so they will coordinate with three or four colours.

Kate Spade

Black and white, gray and white or browns and creams works well if you wear lots of colour! I like animal prints in small doses like this scarf below:


What’s your best travel fashion tip?

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  • JoAnna says:

    Love that kate spade scarf and the blue bag. Great post!

  • Carol Landt says:

    Great post, Maria! Even though our “winter” weather in Houston is generally wonderful (summer is another story, lol) I love a nice long scarf to stay cozy when the sun goes down. If my neck is cozy, I’m good.

  • I hate packing for traveling – I always feel like I brought the wrong things and that I really should have brought ___. Drives me nuts. I do have a few good scarves that certainly improve an otherwise lackluster outfit. But after a day of wearing one, you wouldn’t believe the bird’s nest of tangles in the back of my hair! In regards to traveling – I NEVER take anything that requires ironing and I find I’m better off if I bring things in 1 neutral + 2 so I can mix and match – like grays + purples/greens. That also minimizes the shoes I have to bring.

  • I love scarves and years ago wore them all the time ( long silk ones or big squares). But when the cotton/ rayon ones came in, I stopped because I didn’t know how to wear them. They felt like I was wearing an outdoor scarf (think with coat) inside. I love them but have never embraced them. Someone gave me a gorgeous big, silk scarf for Christmas in coral. I’m back to wearing scarves and am actually going shopping for several. Great, timely post for me!

  • Susan Seale says:

    Love, love, love scarves! I wear them all the time. I too have discovered that my favorites are the long, wide, bigger ones because they can keep me warmer and they look more substantial. It seems every for birthday or Christmas my husband is buying me a another lovely scarf and he has figured out the cashmere thing too:)

    Hope your trip is wonderful, Maria!

  • Cherie says:

    What a great post! You are so right, Maria. Recently I discovered scarves, and did exactly what you suggested above. I bought a long wide scarf in a color to coordinate with the purse I use most often. When wearing that scarf and purse, my outfit seems pulled together, regardless of the color of my jacket or coat. It’s simply brilliant! And a scarf around the neck makes you feel warm and cozy.

  • I learned the scarf trick years ago and it has saved me in many different situations. A scarf is my number one purchase when I travel so I have an interesting collection. Long is a must, even more so when you are tall.

  • Natalie says:

    Great post, Maria! I love scarves and pack them quite a few for summer trips. Love them in complementing, contrasting or blending colors. Remember those opening scene in It’s Complicated where Meryl Streep wears white on white? It was a splendid idea. Scarves always make an outfit finished, effortless stylish touch.

  • Really great post! I hate packing; usually have a meltdown and then pack more than is possible to wear. I love your scarf idea and am now on the lookout for a good one.

  • Cindy says:

    A scarf is a beautiful look for YOU, but one I should probably avoid.

    I have a very short neck and a very large bust. I think a big scarf around my neck and hanging down my front would make me look lumpy and frumpy rather than sleek and elegant. I expect I’m not the only one out there.

    Correct me if I’m wrong!

  • Sara Smith says:

    Great tip! Perfect. Have you seen the youtube video on 25 ways to tie a scarf? Love it, because it has given me so many more ideas of how to wear them.

  • Grace says:

    I’m with you. I get cold easily and never go anywhere without a scarf. I also like it when the material is soft so it is drapey (is that a word?) rather than stiff.

  • Rinchen says:

    My favorite way to tie the loooong scarf is the Tuscan Knot?

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