After 10+ years of visiting New Mexico, I think I’ve finally got packing down to a science. We had to pack as lightly as possible for this particular trip since we needed to allow room for Christmas gifts. The result was a pretty nice capsule wardrobe for a 10 day southwest vacation.
New Mexico is a very casual place where jeans and boots are appropriate just about anywhere. I managed to get by with only two pairs of boots for the whole trip (a tall, high-heeled pair and flat pair of ankle boots). For bottoms, I brought two pairs of high-waisted blue jeans, a pair of skinny black jeans, and the fringed skirt you saw in my previous post. The rest was easy layering pieces like this cropped white sweater, this poncho-style sweater, a big cozy cardigan (perfect for plane travel), an oversized denim jacket, and a fringed leather jacket. To further streamline the decision-making process, I only packed silver jewelry since it goes so well with the southwestern aesthetic. Mix and match any of these with a white turtleneck, some t-shirts and tank tops, and you’re good to go!
Packing pro tips:
- Try on all of your outfits before you pack them. This weeds out what works/doesn’t work and you might be surprised by what you don’t need. I often take pictures of my outfits and keep them in a folder on my phone, which makes getting dressed a snap when I’m on vacation!
- Keep shoes to a minimum. It pains me to say this, because you know how much I love shoes, but they’re usually the heaviest items to pack. For most trips, you really only need one fun pair of heels, a comfortable (but cute) pair of flats, and maybe a pair of sneakers (if you’re feeling sporty).
- Wear your heaviest/bulkiest items on the plane. Another way to keep the weight down in your checked bag, I basically wore the outfit pictured above (minus a wide-brimmed western hat that I, unfortunately, left on the plane – RIP 😭).
A good statement piece like this antique squash blossom necklace makes is easy to dress up simple looks like this turtleneck/cardigan/jean combo. Worn here with a Reformation turtleneck, Zara cardigan, DL1961 denim, and Topshop ankle boots (similar).
This poncho sweater is super soft and can easily be layered over a tank top or turtleneck, depending on the weather. Worn here with dainty silver necklaces, DL1961 jeans, Topshop ankle boots, and Saddleback Leather bag.