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How to create outfits from a (mostly) neutral travel wardrobe

London travel outfit: Susan B. wears a coral scarf, camel sweater jacket, striped tee, jeans and brown boots.

Here are a few more travel outfits from my 2-week capsule wardrobe. I’m in London for color and style training with Red Leopard, so needed clothes that would be comfortable all day. But I also wanted to look put together without a lot of effort, and be able to change it up a little from day to day.

jacket | scarf | tee (similar) | bracelets | jeans (similar) | boots (similar)

On Saturday, we wrapped up six (solid!) days straight of color training. I was wiped out but exhilarated at the same time. During this week, I opted for mostly neutral outfits. When we do color analysis, we’re standing behind a seated model, both facing a mirror, and I’m draping different color fabrics to compare the effect on their skin. I didn’t want what I was wearing to distract what I was seeing from the color drapes.

Scarves and bracelets added a pop of color.

More London travel outfits

Susan B. wears a coral scarf, camel sweater, brown corduroy pants, Clergerie platform boots.

scarf | necklace (similar) | sweater | bracelets | pants | boots (similar)

The weight of the clothing I packed has been perfect. The sweaters (or a lighter top and sweater jacket) have been comfortable indoors. I haven’t had time to do much sightseeing, but when I have been walking outdoors, the packable down coat (current version) is just right.

The real MVP of this travel wardrobe so far has been the Madewell chore sweater jacket. I’ve worn this multiple times, and always receive compliments on it. (I’m wearing the XS.) I’ll definitely be packing this one again for future trips!

Susan B. wears the Madewell chore sweater jacket, print top, brown corduroy pants, Clergerie brown boots.

earrings (similar) | jacket | top (similar) | necklace |
pants (similar in larger sizes) | boots (similar)

Susan B. wears a coral scarf and jacket, camel sweater, dark brown pants and boots.

scarf | jacket | sweater | bracelets | pants (similar in larger sizes) | boots*

By Saturday night though, I was ready to bust out some COLOR. Manina had invited me to join her with some friends for dinner, so I opted for this coral sweater jacket. (Here’s another option in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite.)

*Aquatalia is having a Presidents’ Day sale, the boots are 30% off with code PREZ30!

Were I to style this look again, I’d probably opt for the ivory sweater to give it a bit more ooph.

Susan B wears a coral scarf and jacket, orange stacked bead bracelets.

Today we begin training on the Style Personalities. I’ll share more of my London travel outfits later in the week.

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18 Comments

  1. Patricia
    February 21, 2022 / 6:24 am

    Hi Susan, it’s great to see what you have been wearing in London, and to hear that you are enjoying the course (although it does sound quite exhausting, I’m sure you’re learning a lot).
    I have a question about your Lands End packable down coat – do you get any feathers poking through? I had a down coat from LE years ago and that was a problem. I’m thinking of buying it for a trip to the UK in September. We’ll mostly be in Scotland, including one of the Western Isles, so rain and probably very cool. Do you think it would be a good coat for my trip?

    • Susan K
      February 21, 2022 / 7:12 am

      I took this coat to Ireland in March and had no problems with feathers poling through. It is a great weight but I struggled with the double zipper.

      • Patricia
        February 21, 2022 / 7:39 am

        Thanks for your reply Susan K., that’s good to know.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      February 21, 2022 / 8:51 am

      Hi Patricia, I’ve never noticed feathers poking out and I’ve had (and traveled with) this coat for several years. I think it would be a good option for any cool, wet climate.

      • Patricia
        February 21, 2022 / 9:36 am

        Thank you Susan, I’ve ordered it!

    • Susan B
      February 21, 2022 / 9:30 am

      I’ve had the LE coat for 4 years. I wear it all the time on the rainy NW coast and have washed it several times. I like that it’s knee length and I could get it in tall. I’m just now finding a few feathers poking through, but I wear it everyday for months. I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again. It’s my all time favorite coat! I can even wear it under a waterproof raincoat, also LE.

      • Patricia
        February 21, 2022 / 9:34 am

        Thank you for your reply Susan! I’ve ordered it, not sure of the size but Lands End are pretty good with returns and exchanges so I’m not worried. Enjoy the rest of your time in London.

        • Patricia
          February 21, 2022 / 9:35 am

          Oops, wrong Susan, but thank you anyway!

  2. Eva Cox
    February 21, 2022 / 7:22 am

    You look fabulous! I know you are worn out but oh so happy to learn such a great skill. I would love to do this! I’m enjoying your outfit posts. Keep up the hard work & sneak in some fun!

  3. Kate
    February 21, 2022 / 7:38 am

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing the models swathed in the colors that are perfect for them. Is there any way you can do photos of the wrong colors compared to the correct colors on a model? I would love seeing the difference in their complexion.

    • Val
      February 21, 2022 / 11:59 am

      I was wondering the same thing ! I think it would make it much clearer.

  4. Cynthia Willis
    February 21, 2022 / 7:46 am

    Susan, you look stunning in both outfits! Curious, were any of the models natural redheads, with porcelain skin and blue eyes? My auburn hair tags me as an autumn, but my coloring a spring.

  5. February 21, 2022 / 12:54 pm

    Well done. And good thinking to be neutral behind someone you are trying colours onlove the coral coloured jacket.
    Greetje

  6. Cindy S
    February 21, 2022 / 2:25 pm

    Excellent! I’m really loving these posts and congrats on your hard work!! Like the commenter above, my silver/white hair has slotted me into winter even though my complexion is softer…looking forward to the outfits you create for clients with your new skills!

  7. Lauren
    February 21, 2022 / 5:16 pm

    If you choose to show the same person with right colours versus wrong colours please have the person have roughly the same expression in both versions. I hate it when the picture with the right colours has the person all smiles and the picture with the wrong colours is some kind of theatrical grump/pout face….if the expression is roughly the same it makes it easier to see the skin change. I add this because another person you have talked to about colour was very bad about this….she would put a wrong colour up to her face and then make a horrible face to emphasize her point…the negative expression is very much not wanted, needed nor helpful.

  8. Christine
    February 21, 2022 / 6:07 pm

    I hope that apricot jacket is one of your colors, because it looks wonderful on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      February 22, 2022 / 1:46 am

      It is, and thank you!

  9. March 5, 2022 / 2:52 am

    You are so gorgeous in that color. Love all these travel outfits.

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