Packing and travel tips from the Rowe owner

Columbus fashion guest blogger Maren Roth is owner of Short North boutiqueRowe.

I travel A LOT.Although I can't say I have mastered the art of packing (I may overpack a time or two, but hey, I am in fashion!), I have gotten better over the years. I have a best friend who can pack in an overnight bag for a three-day trip and look uber-chic every day, and I am always so envious!

I travel all year long, but I love traveling in the summer months or to warm-weather locales, especially because I wear less and can fit more into my suitcase! (Click on photos to enlarge)

Look One

Dress: Style Stalker-available at Rowe, $135
I love an easy tank dress that can be worn casually during the day or can be dressed up with some killer heels for a night out. This dress from Style Stalker is light and serves both purposes, plus it takes up minimal space in my suitcase.

Button Down: Rails-available at Rowe, $124
A white button-down is an essential in my book. It always looks chic and can be worn in so many ways.

Sandals: Dolce Vita-available at Rowe, $66
I am constantly on the go, so having a comfy pair of flats is vital in my world.I tend to gravitate toward a thong style. To me, they look more like a day shoe than a flip-flop. Plus the two-tone color in these Dolce Vita sandals goes with just about everything.

Bag: Oversized Alexa from Mulberry-bought at Halls in Kansas City
I am a sucker for a Mulberry bag. This British brand just gets it when it comes to a cool, functional bag.I bought this when I went to visit my best friend Val. I almost had a fashion heart attack when I was at the Mulberry store in New York and the sales girl saw me carrying it as a cross-body and kindly showed me it could be converted into a shoulder bag as well.

Look Two

Button Down: Rails-available at Rowe, $124
This is the same shirt I wore over the Style Stalker Dress. I would say this is more of an evening, out-for-dinner look. I love being casually comfortable but still put together.

Jeans: Mother Denim-available at Rowe, $209
One advantage I have found to being short is that I am able to wear cropped jeans as both cropped and ankle length, so basically I get a two-in-one look and don't have to shorten them!

Hat: Hat AttackPanama Hat-available at Rowe, $96
I usually always have a hat when I travel, and this Panama-style is my favorite for summer. It provides great shade from the sun and a fab accessory for an outfit.

Cashmere Wrap:Subtle Luxury-available at Rowe, $262
I never get on a plane without a cashmere wrap.I'm always freezing, and they're like a cozy blanket. Plus they're a great alternative to a jacket for a night out.

Cell Phone Wallet: Lodis-available at Rowe, $87
I love not carrying a big bag when I go out at night or am running errands.This Lodis wristlet is the perfect solution. It's a wristlet wallet with a cell phone case attached.I can fit my phone, lipstick and money all in one chic, compact case!

Wedges: Dolce Vita-available at Rowe $76
The perfect wedge is a must-have for my summer wardrobe.

Look Three

Caftan: Theodora & Callum-available at Rowe, $195
I am a boho-chic hippie at heart, so I love me a good caftan.Theodora and Callum makes the best. The fabric is light and airy but not silky, so it works well over a bathing suit or to wear out to dinner with a great wedge.

Bra: Cosabella-available at Rowe, $49
I love this skinny strap nude bra from Cosabella. It works perfectly under tanks and is super comfortable and sexy at the same time.I always encourage our customers to buy nude to go under anything light, especially white. You won't ever see it.

Hat: Hat Attack Panama Hat-available at Rowe, $96
Cell Phone Wallet: Lodis-available at Rowe, $87
Sandals: Dolce Vita-available at Rowe, $66

Look Four

We are currently obsessing over a new bathing suit line we carry called Beach Riot.It's not only a great price point, but the fit is amazing. The best way to maximize bathing suits is by buying one bottom that works with multiple tops! I just went to Mexico and basically toggled back and forth between tops every other day.

Bathing Suit Triangle Top: Beach Riot-available at Rowe, $53
Bathing Bottom: Beach Riot-available at Rowe, $53
Bathing Suit Strapless Printed Top: Beach Riot-available at Rowe, $70
Sunglasses: Ray Ban-available at Rowe, $220
I love my fold-up aviators. The case is half the size of a regular pair, so it fits in a smaller cross-body bag.