When traveling with only a carry-on bag, making smart clothing choices is crucial. I try to get smarter about my packing each trip, so went back and reviewed my notes after last year’s Italy/Paris vacation, just to refresh my memory. Weather is always the catch; had temperatures not been unseasonably
warm hot, my batting average with the clothes I’d packed last May might have been even higher. Taking into consideration the probable weather conditions for late April in Paris and Provence, I’ve begun narrowing down the pieces I’ll take, with the intention of keeping the total number to 12, not including sleepwear, underwear, hosiery, accessories, or outerwear. (Shoes we covered last week.)
First Round Draft Picks:
- 1 pair jeans
- 1 knit pencil skirt
- 1 pair ponte knit pants
- Babette palazzo pants (if weather forecasts skew warm/sunny, replaces ponte knit)
First Round Draft Picks:
- 1 silk jersey sleeveless tunic, black
- 2 silk jersey tees, grey and black
- 1 grey v-neck tunic sweater
- 1 long cardigan, black
- 1 long cardigan, teal (this one is actually very lightweight, works in a wide range of temperatures)
- Silk/cotton 3/4 sleeve jacket (if weather forecasts skew warm/sunny, replaces black cardigan)
- Linen 3/4 sleeve tunic (if weather forecasts skew warm/sunny, replaces either black or teal cardigan)
- 1 or 2 Karina dresses (one with some color)
- 1 additional silk jersey tee or tunic, grey
- cashmere hoodie (if weather forecast looks unseasonably cool)
- 2nd pair jeans
Two or three days before we leave, I’ll make final selections, and do the Polyvore on the Floor.
I have no plans to take any outerwear other than my Eileen Fisher raincoat, as it’s an incredibly versatile piece.
I can’t rave enough about the Eileen Fisher silk jersey pieces, especially for travel. They layer beautifully, can be hand washed and hung to dry overnight, and are comfortable and flattering. And I’m looking forward to giving my Karina dresses a true “road test,” as I can already vouch for their comfort, versatility and washability. In fact, everything I’m planning to take can be washed and nothing requires pressing. (Yay, knits!) The pencil skirt and black cardigan (or jacket) or a dress will be as formal as I’ll need, so I’m not taking anything specifically “dressy” this time as those garments were the most under-utilized on our last trip.
What are your favorite items of clothing for travel? Do you have a formula when planning a capsule wardrobe?
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