I have read a lot about “capsule wardrobes,” where you select a few pieces based around neutral colors, and then build a set of outfits where everything goes together. I don’t do this in my daily life, where I pretty much choose my clothes based on a) what is clean and b) what fits right then. There has been many a week in the past year or so where I was going to have to call in naked since I did not have a single item that met both of those criteria.
For the trip, though, I am going to try the whole capsule wardrobe plan.
So far, I have decided to take the following:
- black and tan print dress
- grey trousers (I like that word)
- navy trousers or a pair of jeans, haven’t decided yet
- long black skirt
- knee-length floral skirt
- white sleeveless top
- navy & white striped top
- a couple of colorful tees
- black camisole
- black short-sleeved open-knit cardigan
- black long-sleeved long drapey cardigan
- blue scarf
- black trench coat
A couple more things are in the running, but either I haven’t chosen a specific one yet, or I can’t decide if they are versatile enough:
- colorful abstract-print cardigan
- red ruffled cardigan
- at least one more scarf
- at least 2-3 pieces of jewelry
What a difference from packing in the past, when my “plan” went something like this: Jeans, some shorts, a sweatshirt, long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, a jumper (dating myself here, I know) and a Columbia Sportswear convertible jacket with a zip-out inner jacket. I would then stuff all the nooks and crannies of my big backpack with socks and underwear, and I was good to go. I am 100% sure I looked like a completely dorky backpacking tourist. Which I was.
- I’m grateful! to Lynette and Joe for their help today, and for a lovely dinner.
- I’m lighter! I worked hard all day today on getting ready. There is still so much to do and so little time.