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By Alexandra Taylor

As the weather is warming up and spring is in the air, thoughts of travel and weekend holidays are on the mind. Whether you are spending a weekend in the country, away from the bustle of the city or planning your spring break trip to the tropics, finding the perfect travel friendly gear is a top priority. Begin by packing your carry-ons, weekend bags, and totes with travel essentials that range from a stylish pair of Prada or Ray Ban sunglasses to sunscreen, favorite swimsuit, and a cardigan for cool nights. Knowing what to pack for that special getaway will make the trip all the more enjoyable for the fashion-savvy globetrotter.

Choose a great tote or weekend bag with enough room for your travel must-haves while still looking stylish and appropriate for a holiday escape. For a simple and chic resort trip try J. Crew’s nautical rope tote inspired by the color-checked buoys that line the coast of Maine. Constructed with recycled sails, these carryalls are a perfect addition to your travels. Available at To add a splash of color to your look, carry the Diane von Furstenberg Mariela Palm-Print tote available at Saks Fifth Avenue. To accent with a bit of edge and versatility this spring, try a great structured straw tote. Now these are not your typical beach straw bags; in a variety of colors, styles, and structures, the modern straw handbag has come a long way. Prada’s double handle straw tote is sophisticated and perfect for a fabulous spring vacation with adjustable straps and a structured interior. Tory Burch’s Crescent beige and black large straw tote is great for a day of sight seeing. The tote has black leather top handles and an intricate abstract pattern to stand out in the crowd. Both available at

For chic and accessible vacation-wear finds, shop J. Crew’s collection of playful and bold resortwear. With a range of colorful prints and great basics, J Crew’s line of spring wear is a budget friendly choice for your vacation shopping. These two looks bring to mind warm days in the park and fun site-seeing tours.

To add some vibrancy to your travel wardrobe, take a look at Escapada resortwear, a brand that captures the essence of effortless femininity with their easy and bold timeless collections. From flirty printed tunics to accentuating draped dresses, Escapada has a variety of pieces for your next globetrotting adventure. Check out the rest of the spring collection at

The best way to boost your vacation-wear is to accessorize, from the versatile bags mentioned, to stylish sunglasses like Selma Optique’s Zazou oval frame shades. Next throw on a pair of strappy sandals for a night on the town or an easy-luxe pair of flats. Fendi’s color-block sandals are a playful and fashion savvy option to the typical vacation sandal. Pair them with a great swimsuit for day and style with a sexy spring frock for dinning out. Traveling in stylish and effortless clothing doesn’t have to be a far-fetched ideal, just think comfort and pick items that resonate with your personal fashion sensibilities for a relaxing and memorable trip.

Originally published March 2011
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