Happy Monday, friends! Tomorrow, I’ll start discussing the highlights of my trip, beginning with my first stop (Lisbon, Portugal, and the surrounding towns). But today, we talk travel fashion.
When I prepared for my trip, I began by adopting a capsule wardrobe approach. I knew I wanted to function with one piece of luggage, and one wardrobe that had everything I needed to mix and match my ensembles. By the time I packed for my trip, I had the following wardrobe list:
- White t-shirt dress by Fensace
- White tank (thrifted, no tag: something similar can be found here)
- White skirt by Boohoo – no longer available 😦 (something similar can be found here)
- White short sleeve top by Forever 21 (thrifted – something similar can be found here)
- White slacks by Something Navy – no longer available 😦 (Here’s something similar – click here)
- Royal blue top on Amazon (couldn’t find the original link: here is a link to something similar)
- Khaki shorts by Old Navy (thrifted: something similar can be found here)
- Yellow playsuit by Collectif – no longer available 😦
- Royal blue dress by Mokuru
- Blue button down by Van Heusen (thrifted: something similar can be found here)
- Navy tank by Merona – no longer available 😦 (something similar can be found here)
- Blue jeans (mid rise skinnies) by Universal Threads
- Black patent Mary Janes by Enelauge
- Taupe flats by the Journee Collection (in case you don’t see your size, here’s something comparable)
- Gold doubled necklace by Pavoi
- Jade bracelet by AD Beads
If you want to see the ensembles in motion, here’s the video I posted, showing some of the outfit combinations and accessories:
Now, I’m overall pleased with the items I selected. But, looking back a bit, I realized there were a few things that could have created a better capsule wardrobe:
- Instead of my taupe flats, I really needed flat shoes with better grips on the soles. I had to walk very carefully when we toured, because my flats were slick on the bottom and I could have used the extra grip for touring on those well-worn stone surfaces.
- Denim shorts would have been a fantastic addition to this wardrobe, especially if they were tapered and knee-length.
- Another button-down top would have given me a little extra polish: it would have been even better if it was a sleeveless button-down so I could stay cool while I tooled around.
- Because Lisbon was unseasonably cool, I needed more long-sleeved tops. Having few long-sleeved options was a problem for me.
- Also, a jacket or cardigan would have been great and given me some additional wardrobe options.
- I really wish I’d thrown one other color into the mix, aside from yellow, white and royal/navy blue.
- As a Kibbe Soft Classic (SC), I would have benefited from a few pieces that had a bit more structure and symmetry. Less structured items = more comfort, easier maintenance, but opting for structured pieces would have ensured that I felt more like myself as I toured, and more put together.
I am glad that I had a capsule wardrobe that worked for my travels but, like anything else, there was room for improvement. I’ll do it even better next time!
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