Here's How I Stopped Overspending on Vacation Clothes

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Part of the fun of planning an upcoming vacation is picking out what to wear (and eventually post as an #OOTD). But all that pressure to put together cute locale-inspired outfits can come at a real cost. All too often, I use an upcoming trip as an excuse to rush-order an entire selection of new shoes, dresses, and sunglasses. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so.

Here's the thing: I have no problem treating myself to a goodie or two for a fast-approaching vacation. I aspire to buy pieces that make me excited to wear over and over again, and if a colorful bag will work at home and on my upcoming trip to Miami, I might as well take the plunge. But there's something about a looming plane trip that sends me into an overspending spiral.

So what's the solution? Late last year, I was talking to an organizational expert for a story about overpacking, and her advice was enlightening (though probably should have been obvious): Wear what you know looks good already. This simple idea jump-started a few changes in my packing strategy. Instead of splurging on an entirely new wardrobe, I plan out a few outfits I already own and then decide if there are any gaps. And, if a desired purchase can't be incorporated in day-to-day life once I'm back to reality, I hold off. I live in New York, after all—I don't have closet space for a whole separate vacation wardrobe.

So if you have a little getaway coming up, take a look at the pieces below that might just make for a special addition to your packing list. But, of course, keep in mind that the less you shop beforehand, the more room you'll have in your suitcase for the way home.