A Note on Style: Building a Classic Capsule Travel Wardrobe

 

I always start my packing strategy around comfort. For me that means shoes. I won’t waste my time bringing a pair that restrict my walking or have limited styling capabilities. A sneaker, day-to-night loafer, basic sandal almost always make the cut. A low heeled boot with a chunky heel is an easy piece to quickly transform an outfit.

 

Jackets are key because I’m always cold. I like to have a variety of options since I know I will most likely need one every day. Some sort of trench for windy or wet weather would often be my go-to choice. A black blazer to wear with everything from jeans to slacks or with a skirt offers endless styling options. A second blazer in a sporty plaid or light color would also make the cut. I’d pack a short, lightweight wrap for day time layering and perhaps a trim down puffer that compacts nicely.

 

After those two areas are covered, I start filling in the pieces. I’ll take a few jeans with silhouettes that work with all of the shoes. A dark rinse is a must for day to night, and then usually a white or ivory pair to change things up. A straight, black pant is an essential piece I never travel without. It’s such a workhorse for so many looks. When you find a pair with the perfect fit and fabrication, buy two. Skirts have just as many styling capabilities, so I try to travel with one that works with all the other layers I’ve already zeroed in on. A black silk skirt with a sweater and sneakers can be dinner ready in a minute with a bootie, camisole and blazer.

 

Next, I’ll make sure I have plenty of top options. Fine knit sweaters for layering or on their own are a must. I always bring at least one in black. For packing efficiency, I never bring anything bulky that would consume too much space in the suitcase. Shirts and blouses, along with nice tee shirts, offer variety and look good under blazers, knitwear or by themselves. I try to select silk blouses that easily release wrinkles with a quick steam from the shower.

 

Last, I’ll carefully choose accessories that are practical and stylish. A lightweight crossbody works best for me for daytime. I carry a Prada nylon messenger because it weighs nothing and is big enough to fit my camera along with all other necessities. I looked for a chic camera bag for ever and never found one I liked. I had an aha moment when I spied a padded insert for cameras and lenses and I’ve never looked back.

I like to have an extra bag for occasions when something nicer is appropriate. Right now, Bottega Veneta’s crossbody pouch is a perfect two-for-one option. A small wallet forces me to be efficient with cash and credit cards and helps keep my bag lightweight. I never leave home without at least one foldable hat that I can tuck in a bag. I’m pretty adamant about no sun on my face, so I like to have a hat handy if I’m outside for long periods of time. Other accessories are the basics like a belt, scarf and simple earrings.

 

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  1. I love the versatility of of these pieces. Such great choices for travel and a timeless look. I plan on adding the prada bag and The apc trench to my wardrobe.

  2. But what I really want is that fabulous raincoat in the first set of pictures – very full with a belt across the front? A lot more style than my london fog!