You may be wondering why the last couple of outfits I’ve posted are a bit dressier than my normal looks, especially in light of the recent change in my employment situation. The truth is, because our day-to-day life is mostly casual, when the occasion does arise that calls for taking the level of formality up a notch from my usual “jeans and whatever” default setting, I’m completely flummoxed. And because le Monsieur has been busy making dinner reservations for our upcoming trip, including at a couple of swankier joints, I figured I’d better have options in my suitcase that can rise to those occasions. So I’ve been experimenting. 🙂
I wanted to add a pair of wider leg pants to my travel wardrobe, as I’ve found they’re easy to dress up, yet still can be worn casually during the day with sneakers or flats. To balance the volume, I’ve kept the rest of the outfit fairly close-fitting. These (bien sûr) are the same Eileen Fisher washable stretch crepe fabric that I’ve been going on about, just in a full-length wider leg. All of the clothing pieces have some stretch, so this is a VERY comfortable outfit. The shoes too…those block heels are easy to walk in. They’re as much of a heel as I’d consider bringing for travel, but are light and don’t take up a lot of packing space. Still deciding.
This is as formal as I’ve ever felt I needed to be when traveling. It’s on the smarter end of Smart Casual, but short of weddings or black tie events, I’d feel comfortable wearing this just about anywhere we’d be inclined to go. The jacket is pretty lightweight, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the weather forecast for our destinations as we get close to departure, and may need to swap this one out for something lighter. The rest should be able to accommodate warmer weather, at least for evenings. We’re just a few weeks out now, and I’m really excited about this trip! We’ve done a lot of advance planning this time, and are hopeful that the weather will cooperate, and that the current strikes in France will have long been resolved.
Do you have a formula for more polished outfits when traveling? Are there specific pieces you rely on?
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