First, let me say that I’ve dubbed my Lipault wheeled luggage “The Little Suitcase That Could.” Not only did it hold my travel wardrobe with room to spare, it rolled through airports and train stations like a champ, and its light weight allowed me to bound right up a flight of stairs more than once. While it’s not as structured as a hard-sided bag, I found that by carefully distributing the weight of contents with heaviest items toward the bottom and back, it remained stable even with a fully-loaded “personal item” bag stowed on top. Because I’d purchased some full-sized skincare items (and was given a LOT of samples) I checked the bag on the way home, and it stood up to the rigors of the baggage handling system brilliantly.
I was quite pleased with how well my travel wardrobe worked for this trip. Because we traveled on the seasonal cusp, I had to be prepared for a wide range of weather, and I mostly had it covered.
- The linen sweaters (here, here and here) were the perfect weight and warmth for the fluctuating temperatures, and I wore them all but the last day in Paris, when it just was too warm for any kind of sweater. I sink washed two of them and they dried overnight draped over a towel rack.
- The silk tanks were indispensable layered underneath the other tops.
- In case you couldn’t tell from the pictures, I lived in the jeans this trip (both the blue and black). I had them washed once during the trip, but probably could have foregone that as they don’t easily show dirt and held their shape quite well.
- I was happy with my shoe choices. The wedge boots were perfect for our days in the Loire Valley, which tended to be wetter and involved a lot of walking over gravel or dirt/mud. The sneakers were perfect for our drier, warmer days in Paris. I walked in them for hours each day in comfort. The heeled suede ankle boots were great for evenings to dress up the jeans or wear with the ponte knit pants.
- The water-resistant utility jacket was perfect for the climate and with the rest of my wardrobe. That jacket has definitely earned its keep in the last year.
- The bag was a great choice, worked well both cross-body and carried.
- The black tuxedo jacket was nice to have for the few “smart casual” dining venues. I mostly wore it with my black jeans and rotated the tops. It came out of a tightly packed cube with nary a wrinkle, and would be an excellent option for business travelers too.
- When the jeans felt too casual, I wore the black ponte knit pants. (It was still plenty cool in the evenings.)
- Though it was mostly too warm for the cashmere sweater in both the Loire Valley and Paris, I was glad to have it on the long flights going and returning.
- The leather jacket was worn a couple of times on drier evenings. Again, nice to have as an option.
- The skirt. Though I have to say had I not brought it I probably would have wanted it. 😉
- The necklaces. Just didn’t wear them this time.
I did purchase a couple of tops and lightweight scarves in Paris, and wore them when the weather turned warmer. I’ll share those in another post.
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