Today I’m reviewing my travel capsule wardrobe from a recent 2-week trip, and sharing some of my travel outfits from London.
I’m home from London and unpacked, and maybe just a little bit jet-lagged. It was a fabulous trip, and I’ll share more soon. But in the meantime, I’ve always found it helpful to review and recap my travel capsule wardrobe while it’s still fresh in my mind. I often refer back to these reviews to help me refine and plan future packing lists.
What I packed for London
Here’s the 10-piece capsule wardrobe (not including accessories, outerwear, “underpinnings”) that I put together for this trip. For details and why I chose what I did, visit my post “What I’m packing for 2 weeks in London.“
This capsule wardrobe includes what I wore on the plane. The rest could have fit easily into a carry-on sized suitcase, but I used a medium-sized one that I checked, to have extra room because, well, Shopping Happens.
I usually add a Wild Card piece or two at the last minute, but this time only tossed in a couple of additional scarves.
Some budget-friendlier options:
What I wore: travel outfits from London
In the excitement of travel, I often forget to take photos of my travel outfits. As I was on my own for a good bit of the time (no photographer), I tried to take a quick mirror selfie of each day’s outfit before heading out the door. Not as exciting as “street style,” but at least you can see the various combinations.
Top left is what I wore on the plane in both directions.
There were a couple of outfits I wore in the evenings and forgot to photograph. And I repeated one or two of outfits, or just switched accessories.
I was SO pleased with how this travel wardrobe worked out, and felt it was one of my best yet! I always felt comfortable, put-together, and appropriately dressed. Overall, I give this one a 9.5/10. 🎉 Here’s the breakdown:
- The coated denim pants were the real Hero Piece of this capsule. They always made me feel a bit more polished, but weren’t too fussy to wear casually.
- Those suede ankle boots really ARE very water-resistant. I was caught in a downpour one afternoon, and even though I had an umbrella, my boots got quite wet, but stayed completely dry inside. And I walked miles in them comfortably. (The one day I checked, I’d logged 16K steps…)
- As boring as it is, that navy packable down coat (similar, Plus) just continues to earn its keep. I wore it most days. It was warm, but not too warm, and lightweight if I had to carry it.
- The red Betty cardigan (sweater jacket) was one of my wear-on-repeat pieces. It satisfied my need for color and added some structure and polish to my outfits.
- the striped sweater and brown ponte knit pants were both reliable go-to’s. (Those particular pants are no longer available. Here’s another option that’s well-reviewed and available in several colors and a good range of sizes.)
Nothing! I wore everything at least once (though I didn’t get a photo with the silk blouse, which I wore for an evening dinner party).
Wish I’d brought…
A different style of jeans, maybe something with a slightly wider leg. I only wore the jeans twice, sticking to one of the pairs of brown pants most days.
I think packing fewer pieces than I normally do actually helped make this travel capsule wardrobe more cohesive and workable!
For more travel outfit ideas and packing tips, be sure to visit my Travel Wardrobe Resource Hub.
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