So I have a capsule wardrobe plan for the London/Paris trip next month. Will I stick to it? Heaven only knows, but I want to. I LOVE the idea of packing a smallish bag with plenty of room for souvenirs. (Sorry, I misspelled “books” there.) Much will depend, with apologies to William Carlos Williams, upon the weather. It’s been chilly and damp in England and hot in Paris, so I’ll have to keep a cautious eye on the forecast and perhaps adjust my list accordingly.
The capsule consists of ten pieces, all of which can be mixed and matched. We will be gone 14 days, and the trip includes research, pleasure, and business meetings. We’ve rented an apartment in London for the first nine days; after that, we can’t do laundry, so ten pieces should serve.
Here they are:
2 prs skinny jeans–one black, one dark blue
1 dress–black shirtwaist with full skirt, 3/4 sleeves
1 long-sleeved shirt–denim
2 blouses–one black and white polka dot (3/4 sleeve) and one cream silk, safari style
1 3/4 sleeve t-shirt–black and white stripes
2 t-shirts–one black, one white
Not included in the ten items: scarf, lariat necklace, Longchamps tote (everyday) small black crossbody (alternate everyday), snakeskin clutch (business/evening)
Shoes: black Coach sneakers, black and cream pointed-toe Tahari flats w/t-strap detail, black and white polka dot driving mocs, black mary janes.
If it’s hot, I will add white cropped jeans; if cold, in goes a very thin grey sweater. If it’s wet, I will toss in a short black trench. Everything can be layered with the denim shirt doing duty as a light jacket, and everything works for casual sightseeing and research. For business meetings, I will pair the black skinnies with a black t-shirt, black blazer, Tahari flats, snakeskin clutch, and a lariat necklace. It’s comfortable, sleek, and the accessories are doing the heavy lifting style-wise.
Final tip: with a limited palette for a travel wardrobe, red lipstick is essential. It also does a superb job of mitigating the effects of a jet-lagged face!