My Capsule Wardrobe – Packing for a Trip

I am aware a lot of you may still knee-deep in snow, clad in thermals, parkas and a sensible bobble hat, but this week I hear we may reach double figures once again. Also this week, I will mostly be packing some spring-like clothes into a suitcase because I’m going away for a short holiday. ON MY OWN WITHOUT ANY CHILDREN OR A HUSBAND! To say I’m a little excited about it would be quite the understatement. I’ve been keeping quiet about it as I have an irrational fear that the more I talk about and look forward to something, the more likely it is not to happen.

This fear stems from the first time I took my driving test. I was SO convinced I would pass, I had decided exactly what car I was going to get, saved the money (or half of it at least) worked out where I was going to go and who would sit in my passenger seat. Promptly failed. Devastated. Took me a whole year to take the test again. Second time around I told no-one, and passed. Ever since, I’ve taken this tack when I am excited about something. Consequently this gives the impression I’m not interested in much, but inside, I’m screaming with anticipation. Therefore I shan’t tell you where I’m going, just that it’s warmer than here and there are palm trees. The clues are there.

I have a system for packing when I’m away for a week or less. This doesn’t really work for beach holidays, I’m talking about city breaks and such like. The main criteria is to have colour theme, or at least a colour ‘focus’. This sounds silly, but I find that if you do pick a ‘feature’ colour then it’s easier to work out your outfits in advance. A bit like fashion Suduko. Everything you pack should go with something else.

Packing suitcase

The only place I fall down with this system is shoes. I always over-pack on the shoes front, because for me, shoes maketh the outfit and I need choices! For my trip Red will be the feature colour. This decision is based purely on my birthday Gucci loafers and trusty Disco handbag. All I need is to add items that go with them and a few that also feature the same colour. So, apologies if you’ve seen some of these items before, but I am mainly basing this post on things I already own, or similar if they are not still available. This is, in all honesty, another post that is mostly for my own benefit. Soz. I’ll break down the outfits into events, again, just to help me…

TRAVELLING

Airport style

Comfort is absolutely key here. My friend Sarah (@littlespree) has a specific onesie she always travels in, that would be the dream. Unfortunately I don’t have anything like that, so a sweat shirt and a decent pair of joggers will suffice. I will also take my Hermosa London bag on the plane as it literally holds everything, plus a leather jacket as it’s heavy, so better to wear than to pack, and a scarf in case of airline chills.

Packing leather jacket scarf joggers

1. & Other Stories Classic Biker Jacket
2. Vivienne Westwood Leopard Print Scarf
3. ME + EM Double Stripe Joggers
4. A Finer Thread ‘Out of Office’ Sweatshirt
5. Stella McCartney Silver Trainers (70% off)
6. Hermosa London Red ‘All Rounder’ Bag 

 

 

LUNCH BY THE OCEAN

Could be lovely and warm, could be a bit breezy, who knows? I recently bought some white Acne Jeans from the Outnet. I’ve been on the hunt for some that are not too Liz Hurley for a while now. These ones ticked all my proverbial boxes and I can’t wait to wear them with bare ankle and a loafer.

1. Maison Labiche ‘Crazy In Love’ Stripe Top
2. Dorothy Perkins Khaki Shacket
3. The Outnet Acne High Waist Straight Leg Jeans
4. A.P.C. Wool Breton Stripe Sweater
5. Gucci Brixton Horsebit Loafers 

 

SHOPPING

I quite often like to wear a sack dress when out shopping. It’s very easy for the on/off action. Slip on shoes are also a good idea here, you don’t want to be fannying around with laces when there’s shopping to be shopped. I’ll take my old checkerboard vans as they are most comfortable. I’d wear with my Shacket or Leather Jacket plus one of the red bags.

1. & Other Stories Star Print Midi Dress
2. True Rocks Medium Rose Gold Safety Pin Necklace
3. Ganni Roseberg Printed Wrap Dress
4. Vans Checkerboard Slip Ons 

 

NICE DINNER OUT

I’ll take a blazer, As I’ve said many times before, a blazer will just smarten up any old outfit. I’ll be packing my Mos Mosh one as it’s not wool and won’t crease too much in the case, plus has those ‘sporty’ cuffs that I love. These ‘Casey’ River Island jeans are seriously flattering and comfortable. I’ve even had emails from people thanking me for alerting them to these bad boys! They stretch out a bit so don’t worry if they feel tight at first.

1. Mos Mosh Black Blazer
2. Gucci Soho Disco Bag
3. River Island Black Casey Slim Fit Jeans
4. Gucci Small Double G Belt
5. Boden Classic Spot Shirt 

 

ROAD TRIP

Could involve some walking, so will need trainers and maybe a light bomber jacket. My favourite ever spring jacket is an Isabel Marant Etoile one I bought from Ebay for £40 a couple of years ago, this one from Levi’s is similar, I already own all these other items. Again, I know this is a very selfish post…

1. Levis Varsity Bomber Jacket
2. Celine Catherine Sunglasses
3. Zara High Waist Side Stripe Jeans
4. & Other Stories Stripe Oversize Top
5. Adidas Classic Stan Smith Trainers 

 

Do you have any good outfit packing tips? Do you pack a week in advance like me? or just throw it all in and hope for the best?

K x

 

26 thoughts on “My Capsule Wardrobe – Packing for a Trip

  1. I have tbh if it’s important ie I’m going with friends and I want to look nice I do plan ahead but the rest do the time I just chose my favourite things and hollow I’ve done ok! Probably not the best strategy. This was so useful. X

    1. Really enjoyed this post man.
      I am definitely a ‘Just throw it all in and hope for the best’ type of gal!! For a seasoned traveller, I am THE worst packer!! I just keep chucking things in until my case can’t close… Great technique.
      Thanks for the shout-out though. I probably look like a giant baby in my onesie, but it’s soo comfy on a long-haul flight, I honestly don’t care…

      Sxx

    1. Even though I like to think I pack a capsule wardrobe, I always throw in at least 4more things at the last minute! X

  2. I became a pro at capsule packing when working in international and always embarking on a promo trip. Same principles blazer, staple jeans, trainers, smart shoe and various vests/jumpers + always leather jacket – job done ✅ always bought toiletries when there as they are heavy and take up too much room.

  3. Great blog, just what I needed.
    My unusual packing habit is to draw all my clothes in a note book!! Sounds a bit crazy but it helps me visualise my outfits and doubles as a check list.
    X

  4. This is great. Thank you. Am off to New York next month so will apply this theory. Check out the KonMari method for packing. Rolling rather than lying flat. Keeps things less creased. Have a great trip!

  5. This is a great post – I’m so impressed by your organisation! I on the other suffer with a crippling disability that makes it impossible for me to pack with such ease and precision. ATP. I’ve attended support groups and even tried to start packing days before I’m leaving all to no avaiL. But … I think I finally cracked it .
    Put everything you are likely/might possibly need in a black bin bag ( including at least 10 pairs of shoes even for a mini break ) throw it in the car along with empty suitcase/bag – On the way to the airport randomly select and stuff as much as you can into said bag- Voila! No more pre – trip hours wailing ‘I hate packing wtf should I take’ Oh I do usually manage to select underwear with no problem ahead of time and to reduce stress of packing toiletries and dealing with plastic baggies for liquids – I resolve to simply buy at destination !
    And yes I’m serious – but I’ll try your tips hope You find mine useful! X

    1. I still always over pack! Especially for Beach holidays, where inevitably you end up wearing pretty much the same pair of shorts every day!

  6. Great blog! Going on a girls trip in August, small hand luggage only! Any advice re toiletries please? X

    1. Muji and Primark sell those little plastic bottles you can decant into. They are v useful for hand luggage only x

  7. Another great post! I ALWAYS screen shot your outfit ideas, they’re always spot on! Have an amazing child/husband free trip… what I wouldn’t give to be doing that sometime soon!!

  8. I’m not very good at packing and always over-pack (I’m completely shit at editing the shoes and bring way too many). I find it easier when we go off for a long weekend to Europe because we’re usually on Ryanair or Easyjet so everything has to fit in a cabin case and 3 or 4 days are far easier to plan for, but when I go to the US I bring stuff I know full well won’t see the light of day (but you never know, eh?) We stay at my parents’ house in a sandy, barefoot part of Florida in the height of Summer so it’s pretty deserted. There are few dinners out and those that are will be taken at laid-back places where Dodo Bar Or looks well out of place, but I still bring her. Wish I could be harder on myself but I will never reconcile myself to the fact that two pairs of cut offs, a few T shirts and bikinis plus one pair of flip flops would suffice.

    1. My problem is, I pack the essentials, then add a load of stuff ‘just in case’, they inevitably don’t get worn.

  9. I try on everything I intend to pack to make sure I don’t pack anything that only goes with one thing or doesn’t go with any of the shoes I’m bringing. Would be interested to see your packing for a beach holiday version of this 🙂

  10. very helpful indeed, thank you! As we are going to where I think you are probably going in about 3 weeks and i’m just planning my packing now!

  11. Reading this it’s great to know I’m not alone! I do a capsule wardrobe for travel, I do have a colour theme. I can’t draw, so I do lists, loads of them! I can start months in advance – this year we’re off to a family wedding, and combining it with a holiday, so even the outfit for the wedding needs to do double duty.
    I’ve found that I wear most of what I pack these days, especially when travelling just with a carry on. With a big suitcase I always end up with a few items I don’t wear, because I’ll add extras if there is room and weight allowance!

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