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So after obsessively checking the extended forecasts for Rome and Florence during the last 48 hours (Venice and Paris are too far in the future to glean anything meaningful) I made my final selections for the journey. Above is my entire wardrobe (almost) for two weeks.
Mes amis, I was ruthless (well, pour une femme, anyway). I first laid out everything I’d had on my preliminary list, and culled a few pieces that I decided were in the might-like-to-have-but-don’t-need category.
Here’s what’s going in the suitcase:
1 silk jersey tank, grey
1 silk jersey tank, tunic length, black
1 silk jersey cap sleeve tee, black
1 silk-cotton jersey 3/4 sleeve tee, grey
1 poly blend 3/4 sleeve v-neck shirt, black
1 poly blend 3/4 sleeve blouse, cream (can also be worn as a lightweight jacket)
1 crinkled cotton knit 3/4 sleeve v-neck tunic, black and taupe fine stripes (can also be worn as lightweight sweater)
1 silk-cotton knit 3/4 sleeve jacket, black
1 wool crepe knit longer peplum cardigan, black
1 packable raincoat, bronze/black reversible (not shown above)
1 pair bootcut jeans (lightweight, with a little stretch)
1 pair triacetate ankle palazzo pants (very lightweight)
1 pair poly pleated straight leg ankle pants (dressy enough worn with the cream blouse for just about anything we’ll be doing)
1 pair Mary Jane pump with 1″ heel, black (these are by Think!) Walkable, but can work for dressy.
1 pair walking sandals, black
1 extra pair glasses
1 lightweight silk cotton scarf, cream
1 faux pearl necklace
Also not shown: sleepwear, underwear, bras, socks, 1 pair earrings
Wearing on plane
1 silk jersey tank, black
1 silk jersey long-sleeve tee, black
1 cashmere v-neck sweater, navy (I know, might be overkill but I always get cold on planes)
1 pair stretchy straight leg jeans
1 pair walking shoes (Mary Janes bottom center of pic)
1 pair socks
1 cashmere wrap, taupe
In anticipation of the “where’s the color?” comments, I know this seems rather severe. But many of the individual pieces have interesting textures, and by sticking with these dark neutrals, every piece goes with almost every other piece. Dark colors travel well, not showing dirt as quickly. And if I really get starved for color, I can always pick up a scarf or two.
No skirt either. Wasn’t sure I’d wear often enough to justify packing it. The pants I’m bringing are all lightweight enough to be comfortable in temperatures into the low 80’s F and the straight leg jeans can be rolled up.
The one pair of ECCO pointy-toe mary janes that I’d originally planned to bring and hadn’t worn much recently seem to have stretched out or else my feet have shrunk, but either way they now feel too big for serious walking as my feet slide around in them. So I went with the black Think! pumps instead.
Next up, fitting all of this (and a few other non-wearable travel essentials) into a 20″ wheeled suitcase.
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