Packing For: LA

Leandra Medine | January 19, 2012

Upon arrival in LA yesterday, I was met by none other than sister separated by umbilical cord or as she prefers to call herself: Dannijo, at the luggage collection carousel. She and I compared suitcase sizes and as it happened, hers nearly doubled mine. Call it ironic, it’s my job to get dressed and what have you, bla bla bla, but she brought useless things like exercise clothes, three pair of coated black pants, and butt tons of leather in form of skirt, jacket, underwear etc. After we’d arrived at destination and unpacked, the truth unveiled itself: the contents of our suitcases were nearly parallel in volume. So this got me thinking: if she has a packing disorder, plenty of you may too, enter a small list of suggested packing silhouettes. Because I’m in LA, this post is dedicated to packing for, you know, just that but ultimately, the lessons to be learned or thrown away right here will render the same across the spectrum o’travel, give or take a leotard or two.

…Now, holy clusterfuck, let me explain. Say you’ve gone off on a week long trip, me thinks the key to packing well is placing emphasis on the accessories and outerwear. Clothing is easily recyclable and should be treated in that vein. LA is cold as shit, I’m not complaining or anything, but it is cold as shit–so three jackets seemed viable. A utility jacket to compliment a silk mini dress, or sequined Beetlejuice pants, a leather jacket to wear over floral print denim with a graphic tee, and a denim jacket for embroidered shorts and that same little silk dress. Outfit repetition woes are dumb woes implemented by dumb people. One sweater–preferably grey–another plain t shirt, and booties tall enough to give your leg the hubba-hubba-do-me effect but short enough to walk in. Isabel Marant sneakers are practically common place here–and will rock ass with floral print denim. Bring cape heels because New York is quickly ridding the prospect of even looking toward them and ultimately, they’re fun for flying. Finally, for night you’re ready to re-wear your mini dress, some booties, no tights or Beetlejuice pants, some cape heels, no blouse. Just kidding. Arm party at top, trippy necklaces and another cuff at center. I’m dizzy, are you? Don’t forget your toothbrush.
  • GiGi Reed

    You are genius, though I'm sure you already knew that. I love everything about this post! Keep 'em coming.

  • WearAbouts

    have fun, girl! love those printed shorts and the giant sneakers <3

  • welcome to my jungle

    Hahaha…enjoying your posts. Have lots of fun!

    – Dani

    welcome to my jungle

  • CC

    Great post! 🙂

  • Ms. Champagne

    i want those sass and bide shorts so badly they are gorgeous!

    xoxo champagne

  • Victoria Pace

    this is a great post! definitely very helpful! thank you 🙂

  • Daniela

    I guess you can't wear those clothes while skiing? 😀

  • Marcia

    How could LA be cold as fuck? It's like 30's in New York right now and not even 5 layers of cashmere, cotton and chiffon are warm… Wish I can change places with you right now.

    But I do love how you put those Alexander Wang shoes into everything ♥

  • Margot T.

    Love all your wardrobe picks for LA! If you need extra tips on great places to eat and whatnot, I'm your girl! =)

  • katia

    you poor thing! yup, i feel like people truly underestimate how cold it feels here in winter months. it may say 60 degrees, but it feels like 40.

  • CatBurn

    Love the David Bowie Tee!

  • libby

    good choices! love the floral leggings. i do agree – it is cold as shit here.

  • claude

    I love the Isabel Marrant's!!!


  • Mary



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  • Collections

    I'd wear it all. Loves it.


  • Annie

    love these pieces you put together. my fav are the sass and bride shorts. its such a perfect pair of summer pants.

    X, Annie

  • Haute Eyes

    Safe travels – show LA who's boss.


  • Borjana

    I'm traveling a lot,bringing 2 suitcases and have nothing to wear so this is more than useful to me!Thank you!

  • Janet Saucedo @StudioBlueJewelry

    Welcome to LA…I love living here. I hope you enjoy your stay. I love love love the shoes.


  • Trips & Treasures

    I'm really bad at packing although I always try to plan my outfits ahead and think how I could mix & match… Cool post !
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  • Hannah

    Those beetlejuice pants are awesome! I want.

    Any UK residents pop over for my giveaway! 

  • Sheana

    the opening ceremony polka dot dress <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Roxanna

    Nice! Isabel Marant sneaks are LA essentials 😉

    xx Roxanna

  • fato sanane
  • TheGuayabaProject

    I want to see you wear the Isabel Marrant sneakers 🙂

  • Sheena

    I'm sure it would be much easier to back with your incredible wardrobe! xx

  • Styling Black

    loveee this packing for series. keep it upp

  • Donna

    Amazing post, it's extremely helpful since I suffer from a packing disorder too 🙁 anyway, love the dresses!

  • currently craving

    the beatlejuice pants really make me want to do a happy dance. And they are sequined…hello awesome. As is the rest, but the pants really make me happy.

  • DawnieP

    This is so totally fabulous!

    I love love love LA it's always crazy out there.


  • Fashion Recession

    Why not cal this post packing for L.O.L.A!
    Just kidding 😉 Completely like the black and yellow heels!

    All love Lola

  • Hilary Nicole

    I love the stripe denims and the dot dress. Happy packing!

    XX Hilary

  • danielle

    i'm the fucking dress queen when i pack for la. anything that rolls is good with me. i'm going in 2 weeks (packed last night cause i'm THAT excited) and managed to only pack 3 bags and 2 pairs of shoes. that's because i, like you, don't pack useless shit like gym clothes. that's what's up.

  • Bettina

    Love how you mix together so many unexpected prints and textures like it's no big deal, just another day, just another trip!

  • Anonymous

    go to maxfield! there's an incredible sale going on!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Wow hi funstriped pants…I like you a lot.

  • Taylor

    these are the perrrfect LA booties..TRUST ME! not too high, easy to walk in, check em out…love them.and love those sequin pants!

  • Dana

    Looks great…love your clothes!

  • Mackenzie

    I LOVE the striped pants and the floral print ones!

  • sonia de macedo

    Great post and advice!!!!!!!!! You really are a fashion genius!


  • Lynsey Michelle

    I love that you just called LA cold as shit…coming from NYC. Hilar.


  • Ramalhoni

    Ahaha, loved this post.. I'm a bit of a packing freak… can't wait to see the outfits, in righting they look perfect 😉
    Check out one of my packing adventures here…

  • Man Repeller

    Yes! On it

  • Cristiana Nunes

    such amazing choices, i love so many things!!

  • Nora

    Great post! Where's the scarf from? Thanks.

  • Taylor Paige

    I have a serious packing disorder… thanks for the helpful post!

  • modern Suburbanites

    great post, so many awesome pieces!

  • liveonbeauty

    i would love to have half of your wardrobe in my next life! great selection!
    i cannot get enough of this blog, really like it.

  • julie @ the semi-reformed nerd

    I heart Beetlejuice pants. There. I said it. #notashamed

  • Jenava

    You have absolutely no logic to your packing that I can see and so this advice is completely useless to me…Except as entertainment…and it does do a pretty good job at being entertaining…And, hey, that's why I read this blog, anyway…

  • Genevieve

    So excited that you're in LA! LA>NY, right? 😀

  • Belle Monde

    I love the necklace and printed hot pant.

  • The life after

    Have a nice travel!

    The Life After

  • nicola lynde.

    perfect. I have just moved to my 5th country and the valuable lessons in packing I have learned along the way are in the same tune as yours. Accessories are small but can change an outfit. And all pieces have to versatile. The amount of time I have brought something that hasn't seen the light of day in two years to have it take up valuable space in my suitcase, and not see the light of day for another two years. Have a great trip!

  • Gwendolyn

    You certainly don't look like a man repeller to me! Unfortunately, I think I suffer from this afflication as well despite not wanting too. Perhaps my sick & twisted mind is too much for them.

  • hannahsinvintage

    You say LA is cold as fuck? I'd like to see you pack for Canada right now. I have such a hard time packing, it's nice to see your ideas. Have fun 🙂

  • maryse

    perfect selection!

  • everybodies fashion

    loved your jewelry ! amazing Marant Shoes! 😉

    greets! 😀

  • danielle p.

    seriously dying to have that jennifer fisher cuff. love it so much!

    thanks for the packing tips :]

  • beescloset

    i love the wash of your denim jacket! The light color is a great mix that can be worn fall and spring!

  • Mattea

    "Outfit repetition woes are dumb woes implemented by dumb people." You're entirely correct! If you buy something that is expensive or just overall great, why wouldn't you use it all the time? You didn't buy the thing to wear it once and make a shrine afterwards.

  • Little Miss Shoeshine

    lol packing disorder, I definately have one, everytime I go to Spain I have an awful time packing and not going over my weight allowance!But it's more a case of "what if it rains? what if it doesn't?" and of course my long-lasting shoe addiction!

  • servinupstyle

    Great packing list!
    I love everything on it!

  • Anonymous

    I'm wondering if the reason no-one came to check out the Coach launch is your demographic. I don't know that the majority of your readers are debutantes with the funding to purchase over the top luxury items. Hence, hanging out at a Coach event would be kinda counter productive. Also, you have a lovely new ensemble on with the blue leather jacket, white dress and booties. I presume that was provided for you by Coach, or a sponsor?

  • Jani

    Those vertical striped sequined skinnies are F.A.B


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