What To Pack For A City Getaway (Eco Friendly Edition)

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As crazy as it is to believe that it is almost August, I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to head out to Chicago next week for my cousin’s wedding. The last time I was in Chicago I was there for Lollapalooza and as magical of an experience as it was, I am bummed that we didn’t get to explore the city more. In fact, the only slice of “Chicago pizza” we had was from a food truck at the festival where we were from 9am-9pm everyday rocking out. Needless to say, this time our city getaway will be a little less chaos and a little more casual exploring…plus tons of food.

So in honor of our upcoming vacation, I thought I would share everything that I am packing for this trip. I have done packing round ups in the past, but never one that included exclusively eco-friendly clothes. That is why this time I used Lyst.com’s services and found all of the best ethical fashion items every girl needs! 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.41.20 PM5 Comfortable Tops

Everyone needs a few comfy tops to get them through the steamy summers of Chicago, LA, New York, where ever you are jet setting off to. I love the options from Alternative Apparel, Organic by John Patrick, Eileen Fisher (not just for the older generation anymore), and & Other Stories.

  1. Eco-jersey tank (Alternative Apparel)
  2. Breathable easy tank (Organic by John Patrick)
  3. Crew neck graphic tee (Alternative Apparel)
  4. Comfortable organic solid tee (Eileen Fisher)
  5. Tropical button down (& Other Stories)

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.32.34 PM4 Bottoms

Every time I go to pack, bottoms seem to be something that I struggle with. I tend to put fifteen skirts and a billion pairs of denim cutoffs into by bag before realizing how over zealous I am being. Now, thanks to the “5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 rule”, I limit myself to running shorts, fun shorts, denim shorts and an A line skirt (sometimes I throw in some extra denim to satisfy my weird shorts cravings).

  1. Cotton A-line skirt (H&M)
  2. Easy bright knit short (Faherty)
  3. Denim shorts (Joe’s Jeans)
  4. Running shorts (H&M)

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.40.41 PM3 Pairs of Shoes

Traversing a huge city like Chicago means tons of walking, tons of exploring and hopefully zero blisters. When I pack shoes, I always look for a mega comfortable sandal, some walking/running shoes and heels for any formal occasion.

  1. Comfortable sandals (Birkenstock)
  2. Tennis shoes (Veja)
  3. Vegan leather formal heel (Jeffrey Campbell) 

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.32.24 PM 3 Dresses/Rompers

For this occasion in particular, I will definitely need a dress to wear to the wedding reception. Additionally though, dresses are great to have in your repertoire because they are a full outfit in one item. I like to bring a few knit and women options as well as a more formal option in this case.

  1. Easy breathable knit dress (Faherty)
  2. Pinstripe shirttail dress (H&M)
  3. Cute summery dress (& Other Stories)

So what are your go-to city getaway items?

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3 Comments

    • Annie
      August 19, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks so much Nora! He is a cutie pie 😉

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