Creating a Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe
By Jeanine Byers
Summer’s here and you’re probably planning to take a trip somewhere. If you’re like me, you have the tendency to pack far more than you need and are ever-determined to nip that habit in the bud before it gets any worse.
Here are some tips for creating a workable travel capsule…
The most important thing you can do is choose colors for your capsule that support your coloring, that make you glow and come alive. Choose two neutrals and one or two accent colors. Ideally, you would start with at least one color you already have and then add only what you need.
For example, if you are planning a weekend trip, try to spend as little money as possible on clothes, and instead, buy some inexpensive colorful accessories to wear with the ones you already have. For a quick weekend trip, choose one neutral pair of pants of jeans, a couple of colorful tops that coordinate well, and a cardigan or jacket in case the nights are chilly.
Here’s an example of what you might pack for a weekend trip.
Weekend Travel: 5 pieces
• Two tops
• One pair of pants or jeans
• One cardi (in case the nights are chilly)
• One dress
For a longer vacation, say a week or two, you may feel like you need a lot more, but I would add only a couple more pieces: another pair of pants, another cardigan and some more fabulous accessories. If each piece can mix and match with every other one, you can create about 14 different outfits and with different accessories, create even more looks.
Here’s an example of seven pieces that you could use for a week-long or two-week trip.
Naturally, you will want to tailor this list to your trip. You might need shorts instead of pants, or prefer short skirts instead of dresses. And if your trip is a romantic getaway for two, dinner out and what to wear while hanging out at the bed & breakfast might be your only considerations.
Wherever the sun takes you, I hope your travel experience is smooth and your trip is full of family fun and memories you’ll treasure.
Jeanine Byers is a certified color analyst, personal style blogger and author of The Capsule Wardrobe Book: Signature Style Essentials for Plus-Size Fashionistas.