travel wardrobe: ski vacation

what to wear on plane winter

So this will probably be the most minimalist and boring travel wardrobe I’ve shown to date. :-) I’m not including my ski gear/wear here, which takes up the lion’s share of what I packed. Because our timeshare has a washer/dryer, there’s no need to bring a lot of extra clothing. And as I’ve mentioned before, anything we’ll be doing off the slopes calls for “smart casual” wear at best.

My travel wardrobe strategy is to wear my heaviest/bulkiest pieces on the plane. Shown above:

scarf (c/o l’affaire cashmere, similar color/style) | sweater | tee (similar) |
jeans | faux fur jacket | boots (several years old, similar style)

I’d ordered the faux fur jacket above a few weeks ago because I didn’t have a warm winter coat other than my ski parka and figured it would be a fun option for evenings and non-ski days that I could sometimes wear here in LA. Shortly after I received this one I stumbled across the Madewell jacket on deep discount (when I purchased they were offering an additional 30% off the sale price). I almost sent this one back, but after wearing the Madewell jacket out to walk the dogs on a few chilly mornings, I realized it probably wouldn’t be warm enough for aprés-ski evenings in the mountains. The Fabulous Furs jacket is much heavier and warmer and I think it will be a better choice for this trip. (Yes, it’s cold in Colorado, but relatively dry. Not as damp and bone-chilling as the Northeast.)

travel wardrobe winter

Aaaand, this is the rest of it. (Except pajamas, underwear, a pair of Havianas, and my linen tunic shirt which I threw in at the last minute to wear over my swimsuit to and from the jacuzzi.)

Two more pairs of jeans and one pair of ponte knit pants for lounging. A navy v-neck cashmere sweater, and two tees, one long-sleeved and one short. A lighter cashmere/silk scarf that also adds some color and pattern.

scarf (similar) | sweater | long-sleeve layering tee | short-sleeve layering tee |
swimsuit (similar style) top and bottom |
 pants | jeans (blue) | jeans (black)

I should mention that because we are bringing ski gear (skis, poles, boots and helmets) and clothing, we are checking bags this trip. I did keep myself to one medium-sized rolling bag (far less than I used to pack for this ski week) and as I noted above, the ski gear/wear takes up most of it.

If you’re planning a winter vacation that doesn’t revolve around skiing or other sports that require special equipment or clothing, you could probably still add a few lightweight sweaters or tops and extra shoes/boots and fit it all into a carry-on.

I’ve packed a couple of necklaces and bracelets just to liven things up a bit, as well as a couple of hats and pairs of gloves.

Addendum 1: I prepped this post before we left and as always, made one quick change on the way out the door, leaving the grey denim behind. They are a bit long and fought with the boots. I’ve been meaning to have them shortened and wish I’d made the time to do so. Wore the blue jeans for travel instead.

Addendum 2: after a couple of days here, I’m glad I didn’t bother with anything dressy or fancy. Casual is indeed the order of the day (and evening).

Addendum 3: probably could have used a 3rd sweater just for variety, but didn’t have anything else in my wardrobe that seemed warm enough.

Do you take ski or winter vacations? Any particular pieces you always bring along?

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let’s (re)play favorites…

Balenciaga bag, Eileen Fisher cardigan, Frye boots
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In more or less chronological order, here are my favorite outfits of 2015. How did I choose the “favorites?” These were the outfits that not only hit my style sweet spot and that I felt fabulous wearing, but also that helped me to incorporate some new colors, styles or silhouettes to both broaden and refine my style. They came together without over-thinking or trying too hard, and contributed to that feeling of bien dans ma peau. 

Above, I loved how the leopard scarf (similar) looked with the cream-colored cardigan (similar) and the other brown accessories: bag (similar) | boots.

Below, I stepped outside of my comfort zone a bit with these slouchy pants (similar), and found them actually quite easy to style, especially with the maxi cardigan (similar). The scarf is from Alexander McQueen, and was a “love at first sight” piece. I was never able to find this exact scarf online, and a similar one in a different colorway sold out almost immediately, but here’s something with a similar look. Bracelet is from French Kande.

Eileen Fisher long cardigan, slouchy pants
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I was in a very minimalist mood when I put together this look. Adding nude sandals (similar) to an all black outfit (as well as the leopard clutch) lightened it up, I think.

all black with nude shoes
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This was not only a more dramatic look, but a dramatic departure from the darker neutrals that have dominated my wardrobe. I wore this long Eileen Fisher cardigan in linen (similar look) quite frequently during warmer months, even to the office. French Kande pearl necklace (similar).

linen long cardigan
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I fell in love with the color of this cardigan (same color, different shape) which I found to be a very wearable version of Bordeaux or Marsala. It works so wonderfully with a leopard scarf (similar). I also like how the flared shape of the sweater and the bootcut jeans create a unified theme.

Eileen Fisher wool cardigan, Balenciaga Town bag
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When I was ready to style this Covered Perfectly top, I looked to French fashion editors for inspiration, as nobody does “simple chic” better. That leopard clutch gets around, but it adds such a nice pop to a simple look. For a dressier look, all I’d have to do is swap out the jeans (similar) for some black or charcoal trousers. Maybe even navy.

Covered Perfectly top, Clare V. leopard clutch
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I wore the outfit below a couple of times on a weekend getaway in October during an unseasonable heat wave (100+ F). Yes, I went sleeveless in public and the world did not stop spinning. Neither did anyone point and stare. I actually felt pretty spiffy, thanks in no small part to the layered necklaces which garnered many compliments. (French Kande here and c/o here.) Tunic here, and pants here.

French Kande necklaces
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This was another example of trying a new-to-me style; in this case, cropped and slightly flared jeans (similar). I really like this silhouette and you will probably be seeing more outfits with cropped pants in the near future. I’m still crazy for these leopard boots, and wear them often.

cropped flare jeans, favorite outfits
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If you follow my Pinterest “Layers” board, you might have seen this one coming. I’ve been entranced with some of the interesting layering from the last few seasons, and fell in love with this sweater the moment I saw it. It’s the same color as the cardigan a few outfits above, and is the lightest and softest merino wool. It drapes like a dream, and I’m hoping Eileen Fisher offers this style again in future collections. This is one of those outfits that seemed to assemble itself, and is IMO one of my best to date. Scarf is from Bindya, (more here), necklace French Kande here, tunic and pants Eileen Fisher, here and here.

Eileen Fisher sweater, Bindya scarf
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Reviewing outfits for this post, I realized that warm weather workday looks are still a big challenge for me. Nothing in that category inspired me in retrospect. That will be something I’ll work on next year.

Do you review what you’ve worn over a season or a year to help you refine your style? If so, what lessons have you taken away from this process?

Linked up: #iwillwearwhatilike , Visible Monday, My Refined Style


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layer play

Eileen Fisher sweater, Bindya scarf

To those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, apologies for the redundant content. But I did have several requests for links to the pieces I’m wearing, so thought I’d get them all together in one place here.

earrings | scarf (sold out, more from same designer) | necklace | sweater | blouse | pants | boots (similar)

This is one of those breaking-the-rules-shouldn’t-work-but-does outfits. A voluminous, cropped sweater is usually a “no fly zone” for those of us who are short and curvy, but because of the very soft merino wool and dipped hem on this one, I think the overall effect is flattering. I layered here over a sleeveless silk tunic. I’m really loving this short-over-long-over-lean mix, and have a couple more iterations in the works that I’ll show you soon.

I tried on a few sizes of this sweater, and ended up going a size up from my normal in Eileen Fisher.

Have you found some layering combinations that “shouldn’t” work for your body type, but do?

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