Post 10/10 –
Between my job & my love of seeing new places around the world I spend a fair amount of time living out of a suitcase. From all the experience I have gained from hauling myself & my stuff all over the place I have learned just how valuable packing smart & packing light is to your sanity. And I think I have gotten pretty good at selecting just my few favorite pieces of clothing to bring and stretching their use though multiple outfits for multiple activities as I travel. So for this second installment of the one suitcase feature I’m going to try out a beach vacation capsule wardrobe.
The purpose of the “One Suitcase” feature is to try to show you how you can pare down your packing list when you travel without sacrificing the number or variety of outfits you have for the range of activities your trip may entail. I have learned through trial and error (and the pain of lugging wayyy too big a suitcase) that by packing a few favorite & versatile pieces of clothing I can mix and match the items into a surprising number of outfit options. You just have to do a little planning up front. Hopefully the posts this week will show you my method and help you find the potential of the clothes you already have in your closet!
In case you missed it:
- One Suitcase Winter Capsule – 16 Clothing Pieces
- Outfits 1-5
- Outfits 6-10
- Outfits 11-15
- Outfits 16-20
- Outfits 21-25
- Outfits 26-30
- Outfits 31-35
- Outfits 36-40
- Basics – First I pick some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For me, this usually involves laying out my favorite jeans, warm sweaters and a pair of super comfy boots.
For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I have chosen white, cream & blue as the base colors. I packed my favorite black & denim skinny jeans, black mini skirt, white button down shirt, chambray button down shirt, black long sleeve shirt, cream knit sweater and wool coat.
- Interest – Second, I add a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. I look for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture (puffer vest!) that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For me, I’d usually go for a striped top, a dress, patterned button up, colored sweaters/cardigans, interesting jacket and some type of fun bottom which in this case is a colored pencil skirt.
For this capsule wardrobe I chose a fair isle sweater dress, striped long sleeve shirt, red plaid button down, green sweater, grey boyfriend cardigan, mustard pencil skirt, white puffer vest and leather jacket.
- Accessories & Shoes – Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Unfortunately, shoes is the area I still struggle with. I always want to bring just one more pair. But I’ve learned to limit myself to only either blacks or browns (depending on my clothes) and then nude/beige shoes go with everything.
For this capsule wardrobe I chose two necklaces, one gold watch, three scarves and one pair of black tights (not pictured). For shoes I packed riding boots, hunter wellies and black high heeled booties.
Cream & Gold scarf – Target
Black scarf – Target
Mustard scarf – Target
Black ankle boot – Aldo
Green “wellies” rain boots – Hunter
Brown riding boots – Macys
Gold link watch – Michael Kors
Red bubble necklace – eBay
Gold stone necklace – Target
|Black long sleeved shirt – Target||White button down blouse – Banana Republic|
|Chambray shirt – Old Navy||Cream cable knit sweater – H&M|
|Black mini skirt – Gap||Cream lady day coat – J.Crew|
|Denim skinny jeans – Target
||Black skinny jeans – Target|
|Fair isle sweater dress – H&M||Green sweater – Polo Outlet|
|Grey boyfriend cardigan – Target||Red plaid shirt – Gap|
|Black and white striped shirt – H&M||Faux leather jacket – Forever 21|
|White puffer vest – Northface||Mustard pencil skirt – J.Crew|
Proof of concept – Here is everything all laid out and then put in my carry-on bag. (The one caveat is that I would carry/wear my winter coat and wear my brown boots while I travel – so they don’t actually get packed in the bag.)
Hope you enjoyed!