Karen has kindly offered a guest post sharing her travel wardrobe strategies for her Paris trip. Karen was my mentor in putting together concise yet flexible travel wardrobes, and in using the “Polyvore On The Floor” method of viewing the capsule as a whole and nobody does it better than she does! I’m hoping that in between sightseeing, shopping and just having fun with the girls she’ll be doing some style reconnaissance and let us know how Spring is shaping up on the streets of Paris! Take it away, Karen…
I leave for Paris on Sunday, taking with me two 15-year-old girls and carryon luggage only. I needed to pull together a practical capsule that could stretch an 8-day period. Two of those days are travel days, six are touring days in Paris. I’ve checked the weather, started with my shoes and this is what followed:
Taupe is my “black”, so I started with that and added in a bit of purple, plum and lilac for kick. It’s always good to add one “wild-card” piece to a wardrobe capsule, so I’ve chosen these lime-ish yellow pants you see below. You’ll see that even though those pants seem to stand alone and not relate to the capsule, that color goes with every piece you see. I tried to vary textures in the blazer and sweater pieces so that I wouldn’t feel so “flat” in these neutrals. I ended up with a very tight little capsule– everything goes with everything so I should be fine.
Taupe v-neck cardigan, Zara
Knit infinity scarf, Loft
Snake print blazer, Zara
Cashmere scarf in orchid
Knit pullover with silver metallic thread detail, Limited
Diverse jewelry that can span all outfits
Plum skinny jeans, Easy Money
Lilac skinny jeans, Gap
The wild-card: light citron yellow skinny jeans, AE Outfitters
Gold cargo belt, Target
Tan Echo walking shoes (I hate these)
Mushroom colored scrunch boot, Naot
Four tee shirts
A closer shot of the accessories capsule below. Easy to wear stuff, nothing too precious. But when the clothes are this nondescript, the add-ons will be critical to looking “finished.”
Awesome versatility as the Paris temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s in the evenings…
If you read my old blog, you know I normally like to wear a LOT more color. However, the neutrals will let me sort of blend into the backdrop of Paris. I plan to take special care with my makeup and hair instead of fussing over what to wear. I bought a couple of new Bobbi Brown lipsticks that make me feel VAVOOM. The neat thing about wearing neutrals if you are inherently a color bomb, is that they let YOU be your outfit’s main feature instead of the garments garnering all the attention. These things all look so lifeless on the floor, but I will take some pictures with me in them so you can see that the woman makes the clothes!
Where’s her purse you ask? I am planning on finding a new crossbody bag in Paris; The Lancel store is top of my list. To start myself off I’ve got an ugly little nothing I can hide under my coat.
One tip: If you want to include patterns in a layerable travel capsule, or perhaps your Spring wardrobe, pick EITHER your shirts and tops OR your outer layers to carry the prints. Doing this helps extend your wardrobe much farther.
Does this capsule look a lot or a little to you? Do you like the freedom of carryon baggage with a few key pieces or do you like to take a big suitcase full of options? –Karen
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