What to Pack for Every Type of Holiday Trip
Be it a car ride across town or a flight halfway around the world, it's likely your holiday plans are going to include a little bit of traveling. A week at a ski resort, a quick beach trip, or a stay in one of the country's most bustling cities all call for a particular type of packing list. Because after all, special occasions call for special outfits. Here, the Town & Country guide on what to wear for every occasion.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT A HOTEL
Pictured: Le Méridien New Orleans
Here's a tip: avoid overcrowded cocktail bars, pre-fixe-only restaurants, and tons of traffic by spending New Year's Eve (and a few days leading up to it) at a luxury hotel. You'll have all the benefits of a fun night out, coupled with the convenience of being able to walk back to your room when the night's over (or, when the sun starts to come up).
If you've yet to book a spot, allow us to suggest Le Méridien New Orleans. Designed by the Meyer Davis Studio, the decor takes inspiration from the hotel's origins as an extension of Air France, making it a perfect fit with the city's French heritage.
As for what to wear, go all-out glam with a statement-making silver and iridescent dress, paired with a matching bag for added flair.
A HOLIDAY PARTY IN THE CITY
Pictured: Rolf’s German Restaurant
New York City can be magical all year round, but it really sings during the holidays. For a real show, head to Rolf's on Third Avenue: The German restaurant is decked out in more than 100,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments for the season — which it celebrates September through April.
Base your outfit around ladylike staples and a little something extra, like classic black slingbacks with a festive bow and a camel coat in a fun teddy texture.
A BEACH VACATION
Pictured: The Caribbean
Maybe you prefer white sandy beaches to white snowy peaks — can't say we blame you. There's no better time for a tropical getaway than the dead of winter.
Whether you're headed to the Caribbean or staying stateside, shrug off your sweater once you get there and slip into a cotton sundress, a terracotta swimsuit, and a pair of slide sandals before taking the perfect Instagram shot against that magnificent blue water.
Shop: Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, $395, modaoperandi.com; Rhode Resort dress, $375, rhoderesort.com; Vitamin A hat, $95, revolve.com; Leigh Miller earrings, $340,net-a-porter.com; Soludos sandals, $89, revolve.com
Pictured: Singapore Airlines first class suites
Traveling international means a lot of time up in the air, so consider it an extension of your trip. (Hint: That means splurging on a luxe first class cabin).
There's nothing wrong with being comfortable while you get from A to B, and thanks to all the cute lounge and activewear out there, you can look good doing it. For your airplane attire, we riffed on a jean jacket and sweats with sneakers made special for the season with accents of velour and the most inconspicuous dots of rhinestone.
Shop: Chloé coat, $2,350, net-a-porter.com; The Row leather leggings, $2,090, net-a-porter.com; Adidas by Raf Simons sneakers, $400, modaoperandi.com; JW Anderson bag, $880, net-a-porter.com; Alaïa sunglasses, $620, net-a-porter.com
A SNOWY SKI TRIP
Pictured: Le Méridien Denver Downtown
Winter whites are always a chic take on holiday style, and there's no place better for the look than surrounded by fresh powder on the slopes — or in front of a fire with a warm beverage in hand.
A city like Denver delivers on every front, with a vibrant art and dining scene and plenty of mountains to explore. Book a stay at Le Méridien Denver Downtown for all of that, plus special offers to local highlights like Renegade Brewing, LAWS Whiskey, and Clyfford Still Museum.
And don't worry about perfectly matching the white of your sweater to that of your jeans as you pack—a little variation in tone warms up the final ensemble.
Shop: Nobody Denim jeans, $200, modaoperandi.com; Tory Sport sweater, $280, net-a-porter.com; Norma Kamali coat, $550, net-a-porter.com; Acne Studios hat, $150, modaoperandi.com; Moncler boots, $735, net-a-porter.com
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.