I don’t like bragging, but... I know how to pack. I’ve nailed it, but it has resulted from a lot of hard work. Putting in the time. I do hear the violin playing because let’s be real, packing for a vacation is not that bad. But, in all seriousness, getting better at packing is a good thing. To get you to where I am now, know this as the first step: eliminate the notion of packing individual outfits. Every item in the suitcase must be connected to all the other items in some way. A standalone item that can’t play with the others is just rude. It’s also costly when it adds up to excess baggage fees. Can you only make one or two looks out of a piece? If not at least two, think hard before letting that piece make the cut. Especially if it’s a bulky item.
Here’s the secret to mixing pieces effectively in the luggage: keep with a thoughtful color story that’s executed in wildly varied textures. The differences in surface and feel add dimension and richness. When you’re traveling, this allows you to have loads of variation without over-packing. See below? The good neutrals, a mix of color, but each having a character of its own: