Your vacations may be far from exotic. You might have a 5-day Disney World vacation with your family that leaves you so frustrated that you are secretly planning the assassination of Mickey. Or, a vacation might consist of visiting your aunt in Duluth, a location so exotic that it is sometimes called the Marrakech of Minnesota (a nickname only used by your aunt who suffers from mild dementia). You may not be jetting off to exotic locales like the Australian outback or the African savannah for a safari, but what is stopping you from dressing like the woman who is comfortable with this jet set lifestyle. So here is what to wear on a safari just in case you win the lottery or invent the cure for cellulite. Better yet, let’s play the odds. Here’s how to bring the safari lifestyle to your everyday wardrobe, whether you are in Duluth, enjoying a staycation, or visiting the Happiest Place on Earth… the ice cream aisle of your grocery store:
- The most essential item to bring the safari to your wardrobe is the timeless safari jacket. Although this item was used for functional purposes for decades, it entered the fashion spotlight in the 1960’s when Yves Saint Laurent catapulted this jacket onto the world stage and it has remained there ever since. This item can be paired with jeans and skirts and can even be used for work attire when worn with a belt around the jacket. The many pockets were intended to be used for elephant gun bullets and insect repellent. Instead you can use them to hold your cell phone, lip gloss, and a secret stash of M&M’s for when your PMS leaves you in an emotional heap on the floor.
- The second essential item for what to wear on a safari is going to be the crossbody bag. On a safari this would be used to hold your binoculars or a canteen. In the urban jungle, the crossbody bag is a great handbag option for when you have a day running errands because both hands are free to handle what ever you need to do. Sometimes it can take two hands to pick out the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the grocery store aisle.
- And lastly, you will need knee high boots. In the wild these boots are used to protect your shins and of course the boots don’t have a heel. However, in our everyday life these are anything but utilitarian and you can wear them with a heel since you will not have to outrun hyenas. If you have the appropriate body shape, you can tuck your jeans into your boots for a more modern look (Beware pear shapes, this can make your hips look even wider).
For other ways to incorporate safari into your everyday wardrobe, start mixing in khaki, army green, and animal prints into your outfits. Who needs to worry about what to wear on a safari vacation, when you can have fabulous safari pieces in your everyday wardrobe. Save the plane fare, rent The Lion King and Hakuna Matata with you safari clothes shopping.♥ AJ
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