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Vacation Bound? Pack Smart With These 10 Must-Haves!

July 10, 2017
Vacation Blog

Fab vacation on your summer checklist? Yay! Whether you’re packing for a wild zoo daycation, splashy getaway at the lake or roadtrip across the good old U.S.A., comfort and preparation are key. Be that person who thinks of everything with a little help from Gordmans. We’ve assembled a list of 10 essentials to take your vacation from average to awesome. Let’s roll!

In Step With Comfort

Even if you’re planning a relaxing getaway, you’re bound to spend time on your feet. Cushion them with memory foam slip-ons. Lightweight and ultracomfy, they’re perfect for days when you need a break from sandals and flip-flops. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Your Hands

With so much to juggle during that trip to the museum or amusement park, you can’t go wrong with crossbody handbags. Fill it with necessities, slip it over your head and enjoy hands-free convenience. Styles with handy pockets get even more bonus points.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rain, Rain Go Away

We’ve all been there – caught in the rain without a trusty umbrella. No more! Toss one or two into your luggage without taking up precious space. Today’s styles are  more compact (& stylish) than ever. Bring it, rain. We’ll be ready!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Made In The Shades

Sunnies are practically no-brainers for vacation days. Even on cloudy days, they’re still needed – are we right? See all of the season’s hottest shapes, colors and styles at Gordmans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stow & Go

It’s come a long way, baby. Gone are the days of basic black luggage. Today’s luggage is as stylish as your favorite outfits and features spinner wheels, easy-access pockets and lightweight designs. Need a particular size? Choose from small to carry-on to OMG sizes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just Because 

Because you need to pamper yourself. Wherever you go. Whatever you do. No questions asked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep The Piece

There’s no doubt about it. You leave on vacation, you MUST pack swimwear. You never know when the pool, beach or newest splash pad will call. Be ready for H2Oh-so-fun times in the latest swimwear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feeling Boho

Sure, you’re looking forward to casual days ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Bring on boho vibes with a tie-front top and matching shorts! Casual, yes. Stylish? Definitely. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top It Off

Let’s be honest. Some days you don’t want the sun. And some days you’re not having the best hair day. These are the days that call for a hat. Toss it in your luggage and pop it into shape when needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On The Mend

For those ‘oops’ moments that pop up when you least expect them, be sure to pack  an ‘emergency kit’ to remedy fingernail issues, clothing mishaps and more. This 38-piece wonder kit packs such things as buttons and thread, a nail file and safety pins to turn oh-no moments into no-problem moments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t let your vacation prep time turn into panic time. Start early on your list, then check it twice for these smart essentials. Let the vacation adventures begin!

Fashion

How to Rock Transitional Dressing

March 15, 2017

Welcome to March: It doesn’t feel like full-blown winter anymore, but it’s still not quite spring, either. To get through this wishy-washy time when the temps could be 40 or 60 degrees, you need to lean on a few key staples. These transitional pieces will help you bridge the gap between seasons–and get your spring stuff in rotation a little earlier, too!

 

On your torso: Mid-weight sweaters

When you need something in between the chunky knits of December and the fluttery blouses of May, mid-weight knits are a girl’s best friend. If you’re not ready for a full-on jacket, layer up with a vest (try this fur-collared style by Pink Rose, $17) for added warmth and style points.

On your arms: Anorak

You might think it’s too early to pull out some of your favorite spring dresses, but with this outdoorsy classic (plus tights and booties, see below), you can absolutely make it work. We love this anorak in olive or black by Ashley ($20). Suddenly, cold shoulder dresses like this black-and-white printed one from Luxology ($21.99) don’t seem so chilly!

On your legs: Fuzzy tights

Don’t close the drawer on tights just yet: Cable knits and cozy heathered tights still have plenty of life left matched under a denim skirt or sweater dress. And here’s a wild idea: Layer a wild-printed pair of capri leggings like these from Eye Candy ($7.99) under a solid-colored skirt or dress, top with knee- or calf-high boots and you’ve got a super-cool transitional look.

On your feet: Booties

When your sturdy, fur-topped snow boots seem like overkill but it’s not breezy enough for sandals, the bootie is your best friend. Feel free to rock the classic short boots you wore all of last fall, or look for updated styles with breezy insets or open weaves, like the Chelly Bootie by Fergalicious ($54.95).

 

On your head: Knit beanie

By now, you’ve had enough of your wintry hat with cozy ear flaps. It’s time to make the move to a slouchy lightweight beanie, which can add a bit of grunge-inspired attitude to any outfit.