monday mixer

spring travel wardrob mix pieces
top: scarf | shirt | scarf | sweater
middle: tee | jeans | sweater | skirt | bag
bottom: jacket | shoes | boots | pants

 

In comments on last Monday’s “lessons from the travel wardrobe” post, reader Cindy asked to see how I’d combine items above to create different outfits. The pieces I’ve shown above aren’t necessarily the exact ones I own (though a few are) but rather meant to be representative of the kinds and styles of clothing I’ve found work well in a travel wardrobe. This isn’t even a complete wardrobe: I’d add a couple more tops, maybe in another color that works with the scarves, maybe a pair of dressier pants. Even with the add-ons, it would fit easily in a carry-on suitcase.

But with just this core, I was able to put together 8 unique outfits without breaking much of a sweat.

spring travel wardrobe mix 1These are mostly casual outfits, however many could easily go from day to dinner. (I threw in a necklace below for fun…remember that accessories are an easy way to add interest and variety, as well as bringing your own distinctive style to an outfit.) No, these outfits probably won’t get you “street style snapped” ;-) but you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation while feeling appropriately and comfortably well-dressed.

spring travel wardrobe mix 2

Here’s why this works:

  • Base of solid neutrals
  • Lightweight pieces that layer easily
  • Prints chosen carefully…the striped top goes with a floral scarf. A floral top would be tougher to combine with a floral scarf, or stripes with stripes.
  • Pieces like the linen shirt (if not too voluminous) can be worn under a sweater or jacket, or open over a tee. If you can’t bear the thought of wearing rumpled linen, try a jersey button front shirt like this excellent one from Eileen Fisher. (I seriously LOVE this shirt, look for it on the blog soon.) Also available in Women’s and Petites.

Hope this gives you some good ideas for mixing and matching your own travel wardrobe! I’ve updated my SHOP page with a few things that would be the types of pieces I’d include in a Spring travel wardrobe.

spring travel wardrobe pieces

What strategies do you use to create outfits from a capsule or travel wardrobe?
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winter white, sort of

Balenciaga bag, Eileen Fisher knit jacket, Frye ankle boots
earrings | scarf (similar) | jacket | bag (similar) | bracelet | bracelet | tee (similar) | jeans | boots

This Eileen Fisher knit jacket (or cardigan, depending on your POV) is actually bone not white, but I’ve seen so many different interpretations of “winter white” recently that I figure it will fly under the radar. ;-)  Mine’s a couple of years old and was part of my 12-piece travel wardrobe for Scotland and England in 2013.* I like how it lightens up my dark neutrals and works with both casual or dressier looks. Still available here, in Women’s and Petite sizes as well. The scarf is a couple of years old, originally from J.Crew.

Balenciaga bag, Tory Burch wrap bracelet, Aurelie Biderman cuff

I picked up these Frye ankle boots a few months ago, but this is the first time I’ve shown here as part of an outfit post. I love the style and color, but after the first few wearings learned that they scuff very easily, and are probably just destined to be distressed.

Frye "Reina" boots

Today is “How I Wear My: Winter White” at The Rich Life On A Budget and Everything Just So. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone works this trend.

Linked Up: Throwback Thursday at Happiness at Mid-Life, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, Share-in-Style at MIS PAPELICOS.

Do you have a favorite winter white/bone/cream/ecru/ivory piece?

*You can see more of my travel wardrobes here, or click on the “travel” image in the right sidebar.

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holiday party attire: casual (ok, very casual)

Peacoat 1
Scarf: Eileen Fisher | Coat: J.Crew | Jeans: Eileen Fisher | Bracelets: Tory Burch and Aurelie Bidermann | Sweater (not visible): Eileen Fisher (similar)  | Boots: Paul Green (similar)

We had two holiday events on the calendar over the weekend, and here’s what I wore to the first. While this might not look like typical Holiday Party Attire™, it was perfect for an event we look forward to annually: our friends’ Boat Parade Party in Long Beach. Because I knew it would be a cool evening, and we’d be watching the parade from the deck of their docked sailboat, casual, warm and comfortable was the way to go. But the scarf adds a little subtle sparkle, as does the jewelry.

More like these:

 

Peacoat 2
Love this J.Crew pea coat so much!!

Peacoat 3

The weather for the event was as close to perfect as it gets: cool, clear and calm. I decided to bring along my DSLR camera this time to try to get some good low-light shots, and I think these are an improvement over the smart-phone pictures from previous years.

Holiday Cheer 2

LB boat parade 1

The Francophile entry...berets, scarves, champagne and the Eiffel Tower...
The Francophile entry…berets, scarves, champagne and the Eiffel Tower, sparkling comme l’originel!

LB Boat parade 10

LB Boat parade 3
Dragon boat, synchronized paddling
LB Boat parade 4
following close behind, the dragon’s tail?
LB boat parade
only the smaller boats can make it under this bridge…the taller ones stay out in the open part of the marina.

LB Boat parade 8

even a few intrepid kayakers! (that water is COLD.)
even a few intrepid kayakers braved that COLD water to join the fun
King Kamehameha made an appearance...
King Kamehameha made an appearance…
and of course, so did Santa!
and of course, so did Santa!
in a sled pulled by his trusty....dolphins?
in a sled pulled by his trusty….dolphins?

We all thought this was one of the best years for parade entries in quite some time. After the parade, it’s back to the house to eat…

homemade tamales!!
homemade tamales!!

Sadly we had to miss out on those tamales and other goodies as jeune homme was still recovering from an ear infection and tiring fast, so we made our apologies and took him home to bed.

How is your holiday party season shaping up? What’s your favorite kind of holiday event?

Holiday cheer 3

Linked up with Share-in-Style: Christmas at MIS PAPELICOS.

 

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