Have Denim, Will Travel


As I was packing last weekend I wondered why I had never done a post on packing essentials. So I got to thinking about what I usually pack and the one certainty of every trip is probably a trusty denim jacket. It pretty much goes with everything in my suitcase and it’s kind of my style security blanket. Don’t like what I’m wearing? Put a jacket on it.

I wore this jacket every day this week. The convention center is always freezing and I can’t think when it’s cold. It was 106 degrees out but I was the girl in pants and a jacket everyday. I don’t do cold, ever. I mean I’m from Texas — below 70 and I need a coat. 
All that to say I owe you a packing essentials post, but for now here is the rule of thumb: always pack a denim jacket. It will serve you well in your travels. I don’t always travel, but when I do I always bring a denim jacket. 

Jacket: c/o Old Navy
Top: J.Crew
Pants: bloom
Shoes: Similar

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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  1. Caroline L. says:

    My roommate puts on a parka if it goes below 70, ha. I won't go that far, but I think a good denim jacket is a happy medium! 🙂

    08.22.13 · Reply
  2. Kelsey B says:

    I agree with the no cold!! I am from Vegas, and right now we live in Alaska!!! It is not working for me to say the least…I am always layer my denim jacket under my snowsuit..haha! Kidding but I totally would.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  3. Catherine says:

    These patterned pants are so cute!

    08.22.13 · Reply
  4. Bethe says:

    I agree! A denim jacket also makes me look skinnier on "fat days." Which is probably why I wore one almost every day of my pregnancy. It's like, "Bowling ball tummy? Look how it disappeared when I slipped on this jean jacket." Pure magic, I tell ya.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  5. Rin112112 says:

    You wouldn't do well in upstate New York. Its August and we're already seeing temperatures below 55 degrees at night, as well as in the mornings and evenings. In the spring, when the temps get above 40, we are all walking around in short sleeves.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  6. chelseaandthecity says:

    I've been coveting the perfect denim jacket all year! I love this one on you Kendi, I'm so shocked you scored it at Old Navy. Hope you had a blast in Vegas!

    Chelsea & The City

    08.22.13 · Reply
  7. Madeline Murray says:

    I love those pants and the jacket ! Such a great outfit

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

    08.22.13 · Reply
  8. Laura Whitman says:

    Oh my gosh, I really need to find myself a perfect denim jacket – that's for sure. And those pants?! So perfect!




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  9. Nikell says:

    Love this look! I have yet to find the perfect denim jacket.
    I'm originally from MI and after living in South for the past 7 years, I don't do cold well anymore either.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  10. KK @BSMMH says:

    I am seriously craving those pants right now! You look adorbs. And I have been a denim jacket devotee for years…I take mine with me everywhere too! Great packing essential.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  11. obsessed with those pants!

    08.22.13 · Reply
  12. Sheila says:

    Great look with the denim jacket!

    xo – Sheila

    08.22.13 · Reply
  13. Sarah says:

    I love how playful this look is! I don't typically think of text as being a print, but the combo of the tee and the patterned pants is such a fun print mix. Love this 🙂


    08.22.13 · Reply
  14. ajacks2 says:

    My denim jacket is in rotation at least once a week minimum! Love those pants!!

    08.22.13 · Reply
  15. ashleigh says:

    I always pack my denim jacket too. I really love the patterned pants!

    08.22.13 · Reply
  16. I love these printed pants on you!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    08.22.13 · Reply
  17. Natali says:

    Beautiful pants and great bag!


    08.22.13 · Reply
  18. Bevin says:

    I live in Georgia so I agree on the below 70=coat weather!


    08.22.13 · Reply
  19. TheresaTran says:

    printed pants are always my favorite!! love it! (:


    08.22.13 · Reply
  20. Rosely Carrasco says:

    Nothing beats the trusty denim jacket.

    08.22.13 · Reply
  21. marta garcia giralt says:

    i love this look!!!


    08.22.13 · Reply
  22. Fleur Chelsea says:

    Amazing look! I love your pants ♥

    08.22.13 · Reply
  23. http://greyfox.webblogg.se says:

    LOVE THE PANTS xx http://greyfox.webblogg.se

    08.22.13 · Reply
  24. Maria says:

    Literally just got home from J Crew where I bought the same Kiss Kiss shirt and a tweed skirt. Love it! I too always pack a denim jacket on vacations- you just never know!

    08.22.13 · Reply
  25. Code Overdressed says:

    Yes, I never leave home without my denim jacket, no matter where I'm going it always comes handy. Love it paired with the cool tee and harem pants, is chic, comfy and fun!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

    08.22.13 · Reply
  26. Jennifer says:

    I love a good denim vest!

    xo Jennifer


    08.22.13 · Reply
  27. Chrissabella says:

    Gorgeous outfit, really love your pants and you are so right about the jeans jacket, its so versatile!

    Chris x


    08.22.13 · Reply
  28. melissa rosenkilde says:

    Such a good tip! I always love your topknot! Any tricks for keeping it in place? Mine always seems to get super loose throughout the day.


    08.22.13 · Reply
  29. Aileen says:

    Stay toasty, my friend. ^_-

    08.23.13 · Reply
  30. tlb12 says:

    I am the same way with my denim jacket! Also. Those pants = amazing…

    Flounces & Hubbub

    08.23.13 · Reply
  31. Love denim! Such a great look! And those SHOES! Oh my.


    08.23.13 · Reply
  32. Adorable trousers dear! xoxo

    New post up…
    ❤ Jenny Tsang

    08.23.13 · Reply
  33. Abby says:

    Obsessed with comfy, printed pants. I hope you had the MOST fun in Vegas.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

    08.23.13 · Reply
  34. RachelK says:

    Hi Kendi. I discovered your blog today and have literally spent my entire working day browsing… I got all the way back to August 2010! (And ran out of time rather than interest!). Love your style, creativity and honesty. Will definately be following from now on! x

    08.23.13 · Reply
  35. Mica says:

    Really like the printed pants on you! 🙂 That bag is lovely as well 🙂

    Away From Blue

    08.23.13 · Reply
  36. FREED MODE says:

    this style is so nice.


    08.23.13 · Reply
  37. Anya J says:

    Love it! Follow each other on bloglovin?(:

    08.23.13 · Reply
  38. FabEllis says:

    This is fabulous! Loving the outfit!

    08.23.13 · Reply
  39. I'm the exact same way, I cannot handle freezing air conditioning. It's always a jacket and pants when I know I'm going to be at an event like that.

    Kristina does the Internets

    08.23.13 · Reply
  40. Classy Chic & Chardonnay says:

    I love that tshirt from J.Crew and those pants look so comfy- this is a great travel look!
    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

    08.23.13 · Reply
  41. Heather C. says:

    I love that you have been remixing more lately!

    08.23.13 · Reply
  42. Anna says:

    lovely pants!

    08.24.13 · Reply
  43. Those pants are SO cute!! Love the whole look!

    08.24.13 · Reply
  44. Agi says:

    Love this outfit and those pants are fabulous. I totally agree about having a jean jacket as a staple when you travel.



    08.24.13 · Reply
  45. Love the graphic tee!


    08.24.13 · Reply
  46. Livia says:

    I'm with you 100%. Below 70 degrees, it's cold!! hahaha
    Love the outfit by the way!

    08.25.13 · Reply
  47. Nonee Ngazimbi says:

    I've always enjoyed your style…pants are so cute!


    08.26.13 · Reply
  48. The versatility and usefulness of a denim jacket is endless!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    08.26.13 · Reply
  49. Ashley says:

    This outfit is great, I especially love those pants!

    08.26.13 · Reply
  50. Nikki says:

    those floral pants are amazing!!



    08.26.13 · Reply
  51. EnvisionPretty says:

    It is so true- denim jacket is the key savior on any travel trip! Would love to see a post of your packing tips!

    08.26.13 · Reply
  52. Hope Howland says:

    Saves my bacon on regular occasion…

    08.26.13 · Reply
  53. haley says:

    You can sure rock a jean jacket girl!

    Colour Me Classic

    08.27.13 · Reply
  54. Jozella says:

    So stunning look, you're so pretty!




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  56. sealedwithstyle says:

    Love your slouchy pants with the denim jacket… old navy has some really cute stuff! Thanks for sharing Kendi!
    xo, Meg

    08.27.13 · Reply
  57. Anne says:

    I love the combination of denim and flower print 🙂 X Anna


    08.27.13 · Reply
  58. Looks very pretty


    08.28.13 · Reply
  59. Melissa Majnarich says:

    Will you ever have these pants back at Bloom? I love them, and how you styled them.

    09.26.13 · Reply
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