**Just a note: the collages shown here are meant to be representative of the kinds of clothing items that I’ve used when building my travel wardrobes. They may or may not be the actual pieces that I have or will bring, but all items shown will be listed at the bottom of the post.**
Perhaps you’re wanting to pack lighter for your next trip, or just more efficiently. Even if you’re not a carry-on traveler, there’s no frustration like having a suitcase full of clothing and “nothing to wear.” As with any capsule wardrobe, cohesiveness and versatility are key. You want to include pieces that can work for a variety of activities and venues, and you want most of the items to work with most of the other items. The easiest way to achieve this is to start with a foundation of one or two neutrals. My own preference is to go with darker neutrals (less likely to show dirt), but any neutrals will do.
But even I get tired of a wardrobe comprised entirely of dark neutrals. So…
Some color, texture and pattern can liven things up. I’ve found that choosing a “color story” (two colors than can be worn together as well as with your neutrals) helps retain cohesiveness. Above, I’ve chosen olive and a medium blue, and added some lighter neutrals in the taupe family. I’d suggest keeping your “interest” pieces for your top half, and keep your pants or skirts simple and day-to-night versatile.
It’s a concept that Duchesse has referred to as “tabletop dressing,” as most of the time you and others will mostly notice what you’re wearing on the top half.
Regarding dresses, my own experience is that they have always been under-utilized in my travel wardrobes. I rarely wear dresses as daywear at home, and have not found myself more inclined to do so when traveling. But I know that some of you prefer dresses, or at least wear them more than I do, so I will put together some travel wardrobe suggestions including more dresses in future posts. I will stipulate that we may have an occasion or two on this upcoming trip where a dress would not be overkill, and le monsieur is lobbying me to pack one. So I may have to find room in my final travel wardrobe.
NEUTRALS: (top row, L to R) Jacket // Striped Top // Tunic // Sweater (bottom row, L to R) Ankle Pants // Straight Leg Jeans // Sandals // Ankle Boots // Silk Pants // Skinny Jeans
ACCENTS: (top row, L to R) Scarf // Striped Embroidered Tee // Floral Sweatshirt // Scarf (bottom row, L to R) Jacket // Blouse // Slip-ons // Sweater
Now I need your help. I’ve received comments and emails asking about dressing for formal occasions while traveling. I’ll admit this is something I haven’t had to deal with so am asking you wise and well-traveled women….how do you pack light and still accommodate dressing for “formal” events??
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