Rule #1: Comfort over style
This does not mean that it's ok to wear mom jeans and sneakers when traveling, or, equally offensive, a tight velour Juicy Couture sweatsuit. What this rule translates to is simply thus: if the shoes are going to kill your feet, save them for short walks at home. If you're going to freeze your ass off because you really, really want to wear your new tank, then layer it underneath something.
Rule #2: If you don't wear it at home (or haven't worn it in 3 years), don't take it on vacation
Just because you dig in your closet and you feel somehow obliged to wear it, DON'T! You cannot resuscitate a bad sweater with guilt. This rule does not apply to beachwear, hiking boots, travel pants, or anything specifically reserved for vacation. If you haven't worn it in three years, it means that you're due for a vacation. Enough said.
Rule #3: Layer, Layer, Layer
Unless you're off to the tropics in the dead of summer, it's always wise to bring a long sleeve shirt, a cardigan (or multiple), a scarf, and a jacket. Even if it's hot, we all know that air conditioned buildings are not. Bringing an umbrella and a rain jacket aren't a bad idea either (if needed).
Rule #4 Repeat
It's ok. I promise. The fashion police are not going to seek you out just because you've been recycling the same 2 pairs of pants your entire vacation. I promise!
Rule #5 (and perhaps the most important)
Keep a travel bag ready with your traveling toiletries. Nothing stresses me out more than having to search for and pack mini sized goods every time I take a trip. If you keep it all in a ready-to-go bag, you'll be much better off. Then you can devote more time to shoe selection!
Here are a few pictures of beautiful Quebec City:
Tee: 4 Paix * Vest: H&M * Pants: GAP * Bag: Coach * Shoes: Boutique 9 *Scarf: From DSW
I also wanted to share this necklace with you. I bought it in Quebec City at Point d'exclamation. It was made by local designer Diane Bergeron. I absolutely love it! I probably wore it the first 6 out of 7 days that I owned it.
And I'll leave you with two more photos-- in the first one I'm enjoying Moules Frites in Montreal, and in the second one I'm learning how maple syrup is made.