|Not all black this time…|
Two more sleeps before we leave, so it’s time to make the final cut! Extended weather forecasts still seem to be on the coolish side so I’ve chosen my dozen pieces accordingly. I’ve decided to leave sandals at home; if I find I really need them I’ll buy some there (hello, Arche!). My goals for this travel wardrobe were a) to keep the clothing capsule to an even 12 pieces, and b) break up the black with some lighter neutrals and color. I think I’ve accomplished both, while still creating a capsule that allows for optimum mixing, and should cover any venue appropriately. The neutrals are all interchangeable, and the pieces with color go with each other and everything else. I’m not counting outerwear in my 12 item capsule nor shoes, underwear, hosiery, accessories.
Here’s what’s in the dozen (and this includes what I’ll wear on the plane):
- 1 pair ponte knit black slim pants
- 1 pair bootcut jeans
- 1 pair skinny jeans
- 1 black silk jersey tunic
- 1 grey short sleeved silk jersey tee
- 2 long sleeved silk jersey tees: 1 black, 1 grey
- 1 teal long cardian
- 1 grey tunic sweater, textured silk knit
- 1 black long cardigan
- 2 Karina Dresses: 1 sleeveless paisley print (darker and deeper color IRL than it appears in photo) and a 3/4 sleeve black/white polka dot. Both dresses can be layered over silk jersey tops and leggings if weather stays cool, or worn alone on warmer days.
In considering whether to pack the dresses vs. the pencil skirt originally planned, I ultimately decided a) the dresses are easier to walk/move about in than the skirt and b) should the weather turn unexpectedly too warm for tights, their length would allow me to feel comfortable going barelegged. The sweaters are all lightweight (two with a more open weave) and great for transitional weather and as I tend to run cold, will probably wear them in temperatures well into the mid-70’s F/ low-20’s C.
Everything above except the jeans and pashmina can be washed in the sink and hung to dry overnight if needed. And absolutely everything can be rolled up to pack, no pressing required upon arrival.
- Naot short boots
- ECCO Mary Janes
- 1 taupe pashmina
- 1 taupe lightweight silk/cashmere scarf (J.Crew from a couple of years ago)
- 1 raspberry pink cashmere lace scarf (Eric Bompard)
Below are the jewelry selections, to help simple ensembles look pulled together:
|Scarf same as in top picture|
- my Eileen Fisher raincoat which also serves as a lightweight jacket
- an ancient cashmere hoodie, should I need for extra warmth (which some wouldn’t count as outerwear, hence the “Baker’s Dozen”).
À demain, I’ll share the packing list I put together for le monsieur, and also some strategies for packing skincare and cosmetics given the current carry-on restrictions on liquids.
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