Let’s face it: Packing can be a downer, but motivation is just a mouse click away. Next time you need some ideas for what to stick in your suitcase, take a cue from five of our favorite FASHION BLOGGERS. Their pages will clue you in to what’s trending and inspire specific looks that are fashion-forward no matter your destination.
Former Condé Nast fashion editor Marlien Rentmeester provides a guilty pleasure for fashion mavens and wannabes alike. Each day, she features one perfect outfit (including accessories), and links to each item for instant retail-therapy gratification. Rentmeester blends high- and low-priced items in effortless looks that, when mixed with her beautiful photography and easy-to-read commentary, offer a glimpse into the fashion world. She has a sixth sense for sales, and many of her featured picks sell out immediately, thus Le Catch’s tag line: “Get it before it’s gone.”
Cupcakes and Cashmere
L.A.-based blogger Emily Schuman describes C and C as, “a mantra and aesthetic that celebrates the little pleasures in life.” You’ll find much more than fashion here, and Schuman chooses current clothing styles without going overboard. She (as opposed to a model) is photographed in many of her picks, so you get the added benefit of seeing how the clothes look on a pretty peer. Schuman’s daily updates will keep you on top of what’s popular now, but she archives her fashion posts by season — particularly helpful for packing.
Penny Pincher Fashion
Kimberly Smith’s “look stylish without spending a fortune” blog has become the go-to for frugal fashion followers. She’s a stay-at-home mom who believes in getting dressed with purpose every day, and her passion for finding a deal comes through on her pages. Smith does a great job of featuring trendy, realistic looks that don’t break the bank. Her “Sales Alerts” button links you to all the latest online sales — a little slice of shopping heaven.
Girls of a Certain Age
The brainchild of Kim France, former editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine, this blog aims to help readers (and shopaholics), “look chic and distinctive and sexy — because … the older you get, the dumber cool looks.” One click can lead to helpful ways to make an all-black ensemble interesting, the best laptop bags and advice on layering. France makes shopping fun with things like a Cheap and Chic choice every week, and her light, casual tone makes it seem as if you’re getting advice from a very cool and stylish best friend.
The Zoe Report
This is one-stop shopping for all things fashion and beauty, with a strong accent on accessories, curated by celeb stylist Rachel Zoe. The site makes it easy to get great ideas for what looks good now, as well as to learn how to round out your wardrobe with the essentials. Select “Styling” under the Zoe Report for tips on putting together simple, sophisticated looks, or go to “Trends” for a broader take on what’s of the moment. Our favorite headline when we last visited: “What to Wear on Monday Morning.”