Published on January 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

How To: Badass Mom Emily’s Vacay Style (On a Budget!)

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Nomadic adventurer and badass mom Emily Harteau might have a tiny wardrobe but she packs so much style into her enviable outfits. You might recognize Emily from her stint on the hit show Project Runway, where she kick-started her career as a fashion designer for her label Smoke & Mirrors. So yeah, she knows a thing or two about staying true to your personal style even with a minimal wardrobe. From a day at the beach to a family hike, Emily shows us how to pull together 3 easy-to-copy outfits perfect for a weekend getaway. Wanderlust-worthy pieces from Anthropologie, Forever 21, and Free People will have you dreaming of your next escape. 



Emily’s go-to outfit for an easy trek with the babes? A flowy top and jean shorts.

Living in a van really means living out in the world, so a big hat is a vital piece in my daily wardrobe.



Emily’s wardrobe staples include simple tunic tops (form and function!) and leggings.

Being a nursing mama, easy access for toddler & I is important, so this simple cotton tunic is a staple piece. Also, pockets are great for storing the treasure our girls collect daily. I am forever storing feathers, pretty rocks, and flowers, which is just fine by me!



Getting the most out of your carry-on means packing lots of cute, casual dresses.

I love sundresses and find them so adaptable, which is a keystone for any piece in my small closet.

Describe your style: 
I try not to look like I live in a van, even though I do. A varying recipe of bohemian, rock & roll, vagabond, and mountaineer.

What’s your philosophy on fashion and style?
Fashion is defined as a popular trend, whereas style is simply a way of doing something. I believe form and function are equally necessary to create personal style for real life. Elements with a story, that evoke a feeling are pieces I return to.

How do you dress for the seasons?
In the front of our van, there is a storage bag that serves as our “garage.” When in cold places, I store a few floaty dresses and sandals up there, when it is warm, I store all the bulks boots, layers, and jackets for another time.

Favorite thredUP find: 

This is the final post in our three-part series with Emily Harteau. Read Emily’s adventurous story here!

Photography: Adam Harteau