Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Packing Guide: What to Wear to Visit Your Parents in the Midwest

You guys this is seriously one of the HARDEST blog posts I've EVER had to write!!! Know why? Because dressing for a Midwestern climate is a logistical nightmare and it normally ain't that cute. Yes I said ain't! I'm from the Midwest!:)

Aaaanyway I feel like I've finally come very very close to pinning down the winning formula that is the right combination of a crazy amount of layers to be ready for all the types of weather you know are going to come at you, while still looking somewhat put-together. Enjoy!

First we have your new best friend: the flannel button down:

This is key because it's really warm yet light enough to work all year round. I just got back from Michigan and even though some days were 70 degrees I pretty much wore this constantly because, you know, a cloud can come over and the temperature drops 10 - 15 degrees instantly;) This is THE best plaid button down EVER! It's literally my favorite weekend shirt (besides the henley above.) Just so comfy, and strikes the perfect balance of weekend casual-cool, feels like pajamas, yet still looks like an outfit. Just the best.

Next up: bring a few tees in different colors (e.g. navy, gray, and white). They're the perfect light underneath layer, and you can tie them up too to look a little extra cute, since it's kind of a
masculine look overall:

Layering is key when temperatures can fluctuate 20 - 30 degrees in the course of a day. This way you can easily take off (or add) layers and you'll always be the perfect temperature.

Your next key layering piece is the quilted vest:

I am absolutely obsessed with vests. Here's why: they're warm but not bulky, so you can add an extra layer of coziness without looking like the Michelin Man. Awesome. They also look very cool and are a timeless piece of outerwear that will never go out of style. ALSO: because they're sleeveless you can easily pop a jacket over top if you need yet ANOTHER layer! It will work perfectly and looks awesome. Very country-cutie.

Also completely necessary- your hometown team's hoodie:

A cozy extra layer you're sure to need at night or on the plane.

Next up: jeans. You'll need jeans and yoga pants aplenty- that is self explanatory and either can be substituted for this look:

Now THIS is a CRUCIAL part of the look: waterproof shoes. For wet days/ any outdoor activities/ hiking you're gonna need some waterproof shoes:

Quilted Rain Boots: $12.99 (Amazon) *I also love these - because patriotism never goes out of style!:)

 This is something that comes up on literally EVERY trip I make home. I never bring these and I ALWAYS need them and inevitably always regret it.

And then, at the same time for dry days you're also gonna need a good pair of comfy, casual shoes for walking around:

Sperry Top-Sider Slip-on Sneaker: $54.99 (DSW)

I think ideally you should go for a darker colored sneaker like these (not white), because you know, the weather could and probably will change at any moment.

I would also throw a pair of flat sandals into your suitcase - you'll probably end up needing those too:)

I like eyewear that is sporty for this look, since you'll probably be doing some outdoor activities:

I knew I had picked the right eyewear for my recent trip when my Dad asked me if I was wearing his glasses (apparently he has the same pair lol lol:)

And last but not least:

Nothing says home like fuzzy slippers. And you know your feet are going to get chilly. Don't play;) 

*Please note that this is NOT a lake look. Good lord, we'll do that in another post!


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