Clothes to pack for late summer trip to Montreal/Ontario lakehouse?
July 12, 2014 9:30 AM Subscribe
What stylish but versatile mix and match clothing articles and accessories should I pack for three July nights in Montreal and four nights in a cabin off Lake Beverly in Ontario? How do I keep them looking "fresh" despite heat, humidity, and my own unforgiving sweat?
posted by nightrecordings to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since it will be summer in eastern Canada (I've never been before!) I'm trying to figure out how to pack clothes effectively for this trip without:
1) bringing more articles of clothing than are necessary;
2) looking out of place, whether it's at the lake or in the city;
3) forgoing style - I want to balance style and comfort!
4) packing fabrics that won't hold up well in luggage, or in humidity (although I own a travel size de-linting machine, as well as a fabric steamer)
5) breaking the bank (it would be preferable to shop my own closet rather than to buy too many new clothing items, if I knew how to strategize such an effort?)
Background info: I'm a 27 year old American woman traveling by car with my Canadian boyfriend. Body type: I'm on the tall side (6'0) and relatively slender, but wide through the hips and thighs. I look better in skirts/dresses that hit no higher than just above the knee. Anything that accentuates my waistline is a plus. I tend to like a healthy mix of classic pieces a la Chanel mixed with boho/thriftstore chic.
I'm basically looking to learn how to look clean and chic in the summer on a thrifty budget.
Canadians: Is late July going to be just as humid in Ontario and Montreal as it is here in Virginia? What type of layers should I pack, and what materials are best (cotton, linen?) as well as what colors? I have a tendency to sweat more than other women (you should see me at the gym - other women on the treadmill will glow, while I look like I just got spray hosed!) and prefer prints or darker tones, especially navy, since navy never goes out of style and it conceals sweat stains well. Lame excuse, but still (I'm aware of the genius of Certain Dri but don't use it as consistently as I'd like). I'm also very open to accessorizing (lightweight scarves and shawls, fun statement/costume jewelry, a great oversize purse).
Last but not least: what are the ultimate stylish walking shoes for all day city walking and standing? I have fallen arches, which makes this a complicated issue for me as is. I hate the look of most shoes with 'comfort arches' in them, but do like wedges/espadrilles despite the fact that they exhaust the balls of my feet after a few hours. (I tend to wear Steven Madden ballet flats everywhere I go because they're relatively inexpensive, chic and comfortable for long-day wear at both the office and for everyday casual. But I'd like an alternative walking shoe that isn't dowdy. Maybe even a hip looking sneaker/tennis shoe? I've got some gray low-rise Converses and a pair of orange/blue striped Keds, but I think they'd hurt after a while.
So far I'm looking to bring two pairs of skinny jeans, a crisp button-up shirt, a navy blue cashmere sweater for chillier evenings, a white cotton a-line skirt, and of course some sweat-wicking exercise clothes for when I work out. But other than that... clueless. MeFi stylistas (better yet, recessionistas!), please help!
Extra tips are welcome on HOW to pack these clothes and keep them looking fresh for a week!
Thank you in advance!
P.S. If anyone has some off-topic (but much appreciated!) useful tips on how to get by in Canada as far as cash/exchange rates and other cultural differences, please MeFi mail me!