With my insane travel schedule ( I’ve been to four continents and 8 different countries in the past few months alone) I just can’t afford to over pack my luggage. I wish I could live like they do in the old movies where you see the bellman helping some fabulous woman out of her car and loads bag after bag after bag onto the trolly, all sizes and shapes, hat bags, suit bags, shoe bags, you name it. But that isn’t my life haha I don’t think it ever will be. I have to pack smart! Very very smart. I keep a little bag of basics like safety pins, double sided tape, and stain remover to help recover from any mishaps. But after that, my tip for the best ways to make a minimal wardrobe work?

Take staple items and style them differently to create completely new looks!

To give you an example, I picked up this really fab pair of black and white striped wide leg culottes from @Express and have styled them three different ways: Casual, Classic, and Funky Fresh!

I really love black and white patterns as you can make them the centre of attention or you can pair a bold colour to them to make the whole look POP. Let me know what you think of these styles!


For my classic look, I made the culottes the main focus and paired them with a simple black top. It’s a bodysuit and I LOVE the fit. I would definitely recommend you grab a couple to keep in your wardrobe. It has super cute detailing with a cutout in the front.

You can pair with sandals or heels to make the look day or night time ready.


The black and white culottes even go well with a good ole v-neck T-shirt. I could easily wear this on the flight or for a casual day outing with some sneakers. You really want looks like this on hand for days where you’re doing a lot of exploring. You’ll feel comfortable but still have that element of style.


Patterns, oh how I love them so. I am a huge fan of mismatching patterns and designs. I took the classic look and turned it bold with a beautiful yellow and teal, floral print Kimono.I love the way these colours mix. It’s fun, vibrant, and gives a whole new vibe to this look.

This kimono is so versatile also! I wore it as a beach cover up, cinched it with a belt and wore it as a top, and then wore it open like this as a shall/ jacket.

I would have no problem rocking these looks on my next vacation or work trip. Stock your wardrobe with a few bold pieces, the basic tees and tanks, and some great accessories. You will be set!

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Let me know what you think of these looks in the comments below! 

This blog was created in partnership with Express but as always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own. Thank you for reading my loves!


Travel Love Grow,

René Daniella

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  1. Chandra wrote:

    I’m loving the classic!! Not too much but not too too casual.

    Posted 5.20.18 Reply
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