A Spring Travel Wardrobe Capsule With (More) Color And Pattern…
While a predominantly neutral capsule is my personal preference for travel, many of you have asked for capsules with more color. So I’ve created this 12-piece capsule, a “starter kit” if you like.
First row: Tee (similar) | Blouse (similar) | Shirt (similar) | Tee
Second row: Cardigan (similar) | Tee | Cardigan | Jacket (similar)
Third row: Skirt (similar) | Jeans (similar) | Pants | Pants
Fourth row: Boots | Sneakers (similar)| Loafers (similar) | SandalsPlus options: Tee | Blouse (similar) | Shirt (similar) | Tee
Cardigan | Tee | Cardigan (similar) | Jacket (similar)
Skirt (similar) | Jeans | Pants | Pants
I’ve kept a similar format to my Neutral Travel Wardrobe, but replaced black with navy, and added Lilac as a Spring accent color. I chose that color because it’s everywhere this Spring, and can be combined with either cool or warm colors. You can always select a different color, depending on your wardrobe and preferences.
If you want to add a second accent color, my suggestion is to choose one that complements the first to provide more styling options. Look to a favorite scarf or print and use those color combinations as a starting point. (For example, the striped shirt in the top row combines lilac, fuchsia, and soft coral tones. The scarf below incorporates some burgundy.)
As with the Neutral Travel Wardrobe, I’ve kept to my ratio of two tops for one bottom. And I’ve kept the bottoms themselves neutral, again going with the concept of “tabletop” dressing. These simple styles should be able to layer well. I’ve also shifted to some lighter fabrics and pieces that may be able to transition from Spring to Summer. But I always suggest being prepared for temperatures 20F/6C over or below averages.
I’ve learned that when the weather is too warm for scarves or layering, a top with some color and/or pattern adds visual interest. Even a simple striped top like the one below can create an outfit focal point.
Scarves are an easy way to add color and pattern to a travel wardrobe, too.
Scarf It Up…
How much color do you usually include in your travel wardrobe?