We’ve been home a couple of days now, and both had to return to work right away so I feel as though I’m still catching up, adjusting to the time zone difference and settling back in. However I wanted to get this jotted down while my notes were still fresh in my mind. 🙂
Overall, this travel wardrobe worked out well, especially considering the length of the trip and the varied weather conditions. I wore each piece at least once, and some (like my jeans and the silk camisoles) daily.
I did sink laundry three times during the trip, and we each had a pair of pants laundered twice. My lightweight layers worked well for fluctuating temperatures, and other than the sandals which I purchased in Bordeaux, didn’t feel as though I’d missed anything. I did wear a couple of other purchased items during the trip: the Zara top in the middle photo, bottom row, and a lightweight sweater purchased in Amsterdam which I wore one evening. (I’ll share purchases in detail in another post next week.)
The original 15 items planned are listed here. At the very last minute I decided to leave the ponte knit jeans at home, and did not miss them.
- silk camisoles. (Plus size option.) Though I did not count these as part of my 15 items, but rather as “underpinnings” they were indispensable. I wore as my base layer daily, on both cool and warm days. On the first couple of days in Amsterdam that were a bit chilly and blustery, I added my long-sleeved Adea tee and then the linen sweater.
- jeans, here and here. Wore one of these almost every day.
- linen sweater (similar)
- cotton gauze top. This was my go-to top on warmer days.
- ankle boots (similar). Yes, really. Wore these most days in Amsterdam, on travel days, and even on a couple of cooler evenings in Paris.
- crepe ankle pants. These were perfect with one of the dressier tops and jacket for the theater in London, as well as a couple of evenings out where jeans felt just too casual. (Plus size option.)
- tuxedo jacket (similar). Wore this both for dressier evening attire and during cooler but sunny days. (Plus size option.)
- silk sheer hem tunic. Perfect dressier top, needed no pressing.
- cashmere cardigan. Lightweight but warm layer for air travel days, and some of the chillier evenings early in the trip.
- linen shirt. This worked both as a tunic shirt, and as a lightweight jacket on warmer days. (Plus size option.)
- ankle strap wedges. Dressed up my jeans a bit for a few evenings and perfect with the black ankle pants.
- while the sneakers came in handy for bicycling and wine touring, I find that I’m having trouble walking in shoes this flat, and will look for a pair with a slight heel for the future.
- while the cotton popover was a nice mid-weight shirt and a dark color that I didn’t have to worry about around coffee or red wine, after seeing myself in photos concluded it’s not a flattering cut on me, and will retire it.
- sheer silk collared blouse (similar). Wore once but not needed.
- the white linen long-sleeved tee was only worn once, could have done without.
I’ve had a few questions about the luggage I used and how to deal with packing gifts/souvenirs for the trip home, and will cover in a separate post next week. You can see my prior travel wardrobes and recaps here (or just click on the “travel” image in the right sidebar).
When you travel, do you track and assess what items you wore most and least? Has it helped you to plan better for subsequent trips?
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