I’m very excited because me and my Beau are heading to Paris for a four day break this week. Now, the holiday alone is great but I also really enjoy the pre-holiday ritual that is packing. I especially love putting together a small capsule of items from my closet, deciding what colours, patterns and accessories to use etc. Trying on outfit combinations and accessorising them in different ways and so on. Choosing the right number and combination of clothes and accessories to maximise outfit options can be tricky if you’re not quite sure how to do it. Here I’ll show you what I packed for my Paris break and some of the outfit combinations that can be achieved with those items.*
I recommend doing this a few days in advance, rather than the day before your trip. This way, if anything you wish to take needs washing, ironing, dry cleaning or mending, you can get it done in time. For me, my convertible wrap had a popper stud loose, my red belt buckle needed fixing and my favourite dress needed washing and ironing.
I decide what my inspiration is going to be. For this trip it is Disney (because of Disney Land Paris obvs’) and classic Parisian Chic. To me that means primary colours, bows, Minnie Mouse (Disney) and smart pieces like Capri pants, black and white stripes, beret’s, smart gloves (Parisian Chic). If you want to get really into it, you can make a mood board using Polyvore or Pinterest.
I then chose my colour palette. I chose black and white stripes, plain black and leopard print as neutrals (yep, leopard print is a neutral in my mind). I chose indigo blue/purple as my main colour and bright red as my accent colour to prevent the whole capsule being a bit too ‘flat’.
I’m going for four days and three nights so I need at least three whole day outfits, at least one evening option for Valentine’s evening and an outfit for traveling out, so that means I need at least five outfits. Even though I won’t be packing my traveling outfit, I still count it as it has to co-ordinate with the rest of the clothes. I like to make my holiday capsules as succinct as possible while also allowing a little wiggle room for sudden weather changes and my mood. If you pack exactly four outfits, that do not mix and match, then you’re stuck with them, even if you don’t feel like wearing them when you get there!
Here’s what I took…* 3 Casual tops (1 vest, 1 tee and 1 long sleeved).
* 2 Sweaters (1 bright long sleeved and 1 3/4 sleeved)
* 2 Bottoms (1 pair of Capri pants and 1 stretch pencil skirt)
* 1 Evening top.
* 1 Dress.
* 1 Blouse.
* 1 Warm tailored coat.
* 1 Convertible wrap.
* 1 Fluffy hat (as a little snow is forecast).
* 2 Pairs of shoes (comfy boots and a pair of heels).
I then picked out my accessories. These are what will add a little flair to the outfits and help to mix things up a bit.* 2 Scarfs (1 silky, 1 bandana).
* 1 Beret.
* 1 Pair of smart gloves.
* 2 belts (1 red and 1 black one that came with my coat).
* A load of hair accessories (Including bows, skele hands, flowers and Minnie Mouse ear clips).
* A load of jewellery (Some dressy and some more casual).
It’s worth taking lots of accessories as they take up very little space and they can really change up an outfit. Now, here’s the best bit, the outfit combos! I know I’m only going for four days but this little lot would see me through a whole month! I took photos of 25 outfits, I’m only posting 12 here as I think it may just be overkill to include them all. But I could have made more than 25 outfits if I had kept on going. I’m just showing this by way of example of how little you really do need to take. Here are some of the Capri pant combos…
Capri pants can be dressed up or down, they’re a classic item and a an alternative to jeans. Here are the skirt combos…
This pencil skirt is stretchy, so comfy for sightseeing. I really don’t like the idea of hopping all over town in a rigid, lined, tailored version. Again, it can be dressed up or down and worn with the striped tee, it looks like a dress. Here are the dress combinations… The dressiest item in the capsule. It can still be dressed down with boots, the convertible wrap worn as a draped cardigan and tough accessories. Worn with a sweater, it looks like a skirt.
So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear this small collection of clothes. I used items in different ways than intended too; hair clips on shoes, necklaces and belts. I turned the blouse upside down to make it into a draped front shrug jacket instead (over the leopard print dress), and used the same silky scarf tied different ways and used as a head band. Think outside the box! Of course, there are a couple more things required to take and that is an across the body bag (means you can be hands free and it’s harder to steal when you’re wearing it), a compact umbrella and a pair of sunglasses.
I wear my heaviest stuff on the journey out, so I’ll be wearing my boots, Capri pants, fluffy hat, chunky silver jewellery and my convertible wrap. Here’s my traveling outfit and everything packed. I haven’t included underwear, sleepwear, hosiery, toiletries etc as this is a wardrobe post, but even with all that extra stuff packed in my little wheelie case, it’s only 2/3 full. That leaves room for shopping!Well, that pretty much covers it. I know it’s a mammoth post but I wanted to share this with you. This is my last post before heading off to Paris, I won’t be posting while I’m away but I’ll be back with what I wore/got up to over there next week.
* I will be launching a new blog series when I return from Paris which will cover capsule wardrobes in depth. So if you’re confused by terms such as ‘accent colour’ ‘accessories capsule’ etc, all will be explained in the coming weeks. Consider this a taster. :)
That’s all for the next few days. Au revoir et merci pour la lecture!