A super-quick post because I'm out the door for a family visit, back in town for a hot second, then out the door again. But it's made me think a lot about what's in my suitcase.
One of my former colleagues is in the process of creating an amazing woman's travel bag based on her grandmother's cosmetology bag from the 1930s or 1940s and we've talked a lot about how you pack. And guess what? It's not so much about how you pack, but how many versatile items you have in your wardrobe.
The suitcase may be the first place to start for folks like me who are obsessed with accruing Tried-in-Trues to make an everyday wardrobe easy-peasy. I mean, don't we all want to look fabulous when we're out of town? (Moreso, I'd argue, than on our home turf.) But there's the issue of size and weight. So you need to make choices.
So here's what I'm throwing in my suitcase for an 8-day trip. It's a bit like cheating 'cause it's home and I can always raid my sister's (much younger) closet in a fit of desperation. Plus there's no inclement weather to deal with. That said, I only want to pack 1/3 of a carry-on so I can bring things back with me. This covers every day wear, sleeping, working out and the beach.
Occasion: Family visit
Style: Very Casual, Beach-y
Weather: Tropical, but chilly enough at night to warrant socks and sweaters
One pair skinny jeans, dark denim (thrift shop, 1 year old)
One slim capris, blue (hand-me-down, 1 year old)
One pair Ruby shorts, denim with red buttons (handmade, 1 year old)
One full knit skirt, black (retail, 5 years old)
One sweatpants, to sweat and sleep in (hand-me-down, 1 year old)
One tank with spaghetti straps and gathering at bust, black (retail, 1 year old)
One tee, kimono sleeve with scoop neck, gray (handmade, 1 day old)
One batwing knit top, doubles as sweater, purple and blue (garage sale, 3 months old)
One v-neck tee, heather blue, to sweat and sleep in (hand-me-down, 1 year old)
Knit dress with surplice top, orange and multi-colored (thrift store, 1 month old)
One cashmere Ann Taylor cardigan, black (eBay, 6 months old)
One mustard colored cardigan (garage sale, 3 months old)
One-piece swimsuit, Alison pattern (handmade, 1 year old)
Flats, gold, (thrift, 1 year old)
Sports-y shoe, J-41s (retail, 2 years old)
Slippers (retail, 1 year old)
9 of the 16 are 1 year old
TNTs: Slim leg bottoms, black cardigan, shoes and cardigan that provide contrast (mustard/gold), black tank
Lesson from this mini-wardrobe?: I largely dress in classically cut neutrals and use bits of color to make it interesting. I actually made a gray t-shirt in a frenzy last night because I felt that was one thing missing from my wardrobe: A perfect casual piece.
What's in your suitcase? And what does it tell you about your style?
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