Even though it’s almost July, the current conditions at our destinations look almost more like Spring than Summer. Forecasts for our London days are looking cool and wet, but by the time we get to Paris, the weather may have turned warm and sunny. The right mix in this summer travel wardrobe has been quite a moving target! But I needed to make my final choices and pack, so here it is.
I’ve used black, white, grey, and navy/denim for the neutral base, and I’ve added some blue and olive as secondary colors. All of the tops work with all of the bottoms. On the off-chance that it’s still cool enough for a lightweight scarf, I’m bringing three to add some pops of bright color. (The lightweight cashmere wrap is intended mostly for chilly airline cabins, but you never know.)
Some caveats…I don’t count shoes, outerwear, accessories, sleepwear or “underpinnings” as part of my 12 items. And I give myself the option to add a “wild card” piece (or two) at the last minute, based on weather forecasts and my mood. I’ll also be bringing several items for a special project that aren’t part of my regular travel wardrobe, so am taking a larger suitcase this time that I’ll be checking. And, I’m sorry the color in these photos is wonky…even with natural light it’s hard to get the balance right. One of these days I’m going to invest in a professional lighting set.
So let’s break it down….
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to include at least two lightweight collared shirts for warmer days. I’ve also included a lightweight silk blouse for evenings, one lightweight sweater and three long- or 3/4-sleeved tees. I usually plan for twice as many tops as bottoms.
Left side, from top to bottom:
- Linen button-front shirt, Eileen Fisher. This is a fuller, longer shirt, but nicely fitted through the shoulders and arms.
- Lightweight cotton button-front shirt, J.Crew (similar).
- Silk zip neck blouse, Theory (similar).
- Linen side-button sweater, Eileen Fisher. (Mine’s the “pewter” color, some sizes/colors on sale here.)
Right side, top to bottom:
- Cashmere wrap
- Cotton/silk print scarf, similar look. (I purchased this scarf in Paris a few years ago, and it’s been one of my favorite “souvenirs” ever.)
- Not shown but packed, my Ted Baker cape scarf (similar).
- Slim, cropped AG (similar).
- Boyfriend jeans, Eileen Fisher. (Petites | Plus )
- Olive chinos, J.Crew (other colors still available). A change-up from jeans, these are versatile and very comfortable for warm days.
- Stretch crepe slim ankle pants, Eileen Fisher. (Plus)
I always “start with the shoes” when planning a travel wardrobe, and because the weather’s been so changeable, selecting footwear for this trip has really been a challenge! I usually limit myself to three pairs (including what I wear on the plane) but may sneak in a fourth, something that will be better suited to wet days. Stay tuned…
- Metallic sneakers, taos.
- Wedge sandals, Mephisto. (These have adjustable bands over toe strap as well as ankle, and nice arch support. I often find a low heel more comfortable than a flat.)
- Wedge pumps, Belle by Sigerson Morrison a couple of years old, (similar style). These are evenings-only shoes, but we do have a few planned activities that call for a step up from casual.
Wild Card and Outerwear
At the eleventh hour, I stumbled upon this linen dress and it’s PERFECT. It will be lovely on warm days, and if cooler I can wear over my black knit ankle pants. Yes, its rumpled (right out of the dryer), but I like it that way. Linen Expressing Its True Nature. It can also be steamed out a bit. The sleeves roll up with a tab, but can also be worn down. And…pocketses, it has, Preciousss!!! (on the side seams).
- Organic linen henley dress, Eileen Fisher. (Petite | Plus)
- Water-resistant utility jacket, Sandro (mine’s a few years old, similar here)
- Long silk jacket (top image and below) Eileen Fisher, similar. (Petite | Plus) Other colors on sale here.
- I’ll be using this Goyard tote for flights and for days when we won’t do as much walking. More pre-loved Goyard here.
All Together Now…
Whew! I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything. I’m still making my final jewelry and eyewear selections. I’ll post some outfit photos from our destinations, and recap how this wardrobe worked after we return. You can see all of my recent travel wardrobes and recaps here, and more travel wardrobe suggestions here.
Do you have a formula for packing light, or do you prefer to have more options when you travel?
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