Welcome to a rare Wednesday blog post! In today’s YouTube video I shared a buildable travel capsule wardrobe that is perfect for the frequent tourist. Since I shared so many combinations of the approximately 20 pieces I shared, I thought you might enjoy being able to pin each of those outfits to your Pinterest boards or save them to your phone. So, voila! But first let’s check out the components of our travel capsule. And let me explain a few things I neglected to mention in the video.
The travel capsule wardrobe I shared today is decidedly casual but includes the necessary elements for elevating your looks quite easily. As glamorous as I may dream of my travels being, the truth is I’m a rather casual tourist. I like to feel very comfortable while I participate in a walking tour, amble through a museum or hop on and off a tour bus. But I also want to look pulled together and a little stylish. That’s why I suggest the following when putting together your own capsule wardrobe for travel:
- Include a cohesive collection of neutrals. These will automatically make you look more elevated than colors will. You absolutely do not have to go with neutrals, but in today’s fashion climate neutrals translate more elevated. It’s just a fact.
- Ninety-five percent of your wardrobe should be solids. If you love prints, add one or two in a dress or top. But they’re much more limiting and less chic generally.
- Pack footwear and clothing that is comfortable but also in the best quality you can budget for. Quality shows, and it translates as more chic.
- Choose your accessories wisely and intentionally. Use accessories such as a handbag, scarf, wrap, hat, sunglasses and/or jewelry to change the overall vibe of your outfits. Don’t pack many, but make them impactful.
- Look for comfortable garments like the ones I’ve shown here that feel like athleisure but do not necessarily look like workout clothing. So no leggings or tights as pants. (Europeans especially are not wearing activewear as street clothes.)
I’ve been wearing the pieces shown above on repeat for the past few weeks. I wanted to test them out and make sure they really feel great and look chic. And I am truly in love with these clothes. If you’ve been around Dressed for My Day long, you know I love wearing neutrals anyhow. And this travel capsule wardrobe gave me such a great excuse to live in them even in the summer. I can vouch for every piece!
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A Few Changes I Made Due to Availability
I did, however, make a few changes in the graphics above based on item availability. My beige ribbed polo shirt that I showed in the video and the following photos is no longer available. So I swapped in this ribbed polo top from the same retailer. This ribbed polo fits very close to the body true to size or size up for a looser fit. I wear my TTS medium. It comes in white, black, violet and baby blue. It’s very comfortable.
Also my black L.L.Bean dress is going fast (as it did last year) and is only available in a few sizes. So I added the Destinations fit & flare dress from Coldwater Creek’s travel collection in the graphic above. I also added their Destinations layer tank in ivory. It’s also available in black. These are the only two items in the graphic above that I do not yet own and have not tried on. But they’re on their way to me now! You can check out more of Coldwater Creek’s Destinations travel collection for additional items.
Finally, I did want to point out that in the graphic above my white henley tee is in camel. I just couldn’t get a photo of the white tee, but they do still have them.
Watch the Video
If you haven’t yet watched the Buildable Travel Capsule Wardrobe for the Frequent Tourist, be sure to watch that now. It’s packed full of helpful tips and ideas. Plus you can see how these garments move with me. Share it with your friends on Facebook or through an email, too. And did you know you can also pin the videos to your Pinterest boards?
Remember, these are just suggestions meant to give you an idea of how to put together a versatile, mix-and-match travel capsule wardrobe. The garments and accessories very much reflect my personal style, which is evolving into a somewhat classic minimalist style essence. But you would want to select similar items in styles that resonate with you. If these resonate, great! But if not, that’s perfectly understandable. I encourage you to put together a similar number of pieces (or fewer) that would help you build comfortable, functional and great looking outfits that you could tour the town in.
And that reminds me…this particular wardrobe is very much for the tourist. This is not a travel capsule for a cruise or a resort vacation. These clothes are meant to combine into outfits that are suitable for walking cobbled streets, climbing stairs, dining outdoors or in, perusing art galleries and museums, meandering through city markets and even peddling through the countryside.
Let’s check out the outfits I created!
Outfits from the Travel Capsule Wardrobe for the Frequent Tourist
Please find all shopping links above in the caption of the capsule graphic or below in the shopping widget following the post. I’m only adding items that are not included in the captions.
White and black look so chic and classy.
These Brooklyn ankle pants come in a lot of other colors, too. They’re lightweight and cool, perfect for summer travel. I’m wearing the 10, so I sized up because they are thin and close fitting. This way they have a looser fit that I’m more comfortable with.
I just swapped in a variety of shoes and bags so you could see how they changed the outfits.
The levitate poplin tank above also comes in white. So chic! It fits true to size. I’m wearing a medium. The above style is great for breakfast or dinner out. But I traded in walking sneakers and a waistbag and jacket for a day of touring below.
A lot of these garments are from Athleta. They do a great job with travel and commuter clothes.
The seasoft straight pants look a little like cropped joggers, but they are made from a really plush Polyester/Modal/Spandex fabric that is breathable and a little elevated. They have a silky hand.
I think a sweatshirt is a smart carry-along. You can wear it over your clothes or draped over your shoulders. And these days they are making such nice looking sweatshirts. This seasoft sweatshirt is made in that same silky, breathable Polyester/Modal/Spandex fabric.
The seasoft separates above do come in other colors, but the only two colors that you can put together for a complete set are the black and the green. But I do love these cottage blue seasoft straight pants. But let’s move on to some looks with the abalone grey seasoft straight pants. To me, they really read more like an ecru.
I find the seasoft straight pants to run true to size, even a little roomy. I’m wearing a size medium.
You can wear the excursion waistbag so many ways. I’ve been carrying this bag for a couple of weeks now, and I love just slinging it over my shoulder. But you know as well as I do that sometimes when you’re traveling you just need the security of a “fanny pack!” Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
I didn’t have the Rothy’s the sneakers in yet when I took these photos and videos. And I forgot about my Sonoma Goods for Life sneakers. So I only showed the J.Crew New Balance sneakers here for my tourist looks. But remember in the video I said it’s smart to take two pairs of good walking shoes on a trip when you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Your feet need to switch out each day. I can highly recommend either of the others.
The sundown sweatshirt II above is one of the most comfortable around. Silky soft! And it comes in other colors, too. It runs true to size for a nicely roomy fit.
The on the go polo has such a great straight and cropped silhouette. Very modern! And easy to wear over higher waisted pants. It’s only available in black and runs true to size. Oh, and the polo is very lightweight and super soft. This is not your 1980s polo.
In the look above I’m wearing such comfy separates but I swapped in my black Sarah Flint Sacchetto ballet flats (use code SARAHFLINT-BAKAYH for $50 off your first purchase) along with a cashmere wrap for a dressier look that would work nicely for dinner out.
And then, for another day of sightseeing, swap in the avenue tee. The avenue tee features a Supima Cotton/Spandex/Polyester blend fabric with XT2® Anti-Odor Technology™, which Athleta claims eliminates odor without the chemicals for as long as the garment lasts. It also comes in white and two other colors.
And that segues us into these Talbots travel pants. I purchased these in the fall and traveled in them for several trips. They are great for travel but then you can wear them like regular pants once you “get there.” They sold out last fall and have restocked. I think these are such a great investment for the frequent traveler.
And then here they are again. Remember, my ribbed polo top is sold out. I think most of you bought one. Or two! But you could swap in some other slightly elevated top for a similar look. The key is to include pieces that pack down nicely and keep their shape.
It’s so easy to create a more elevated look from the simplest pieces when you carry along the right accessories. You certainly don’t have to include a pair of pumps or other dress shoes in travel capsule. But they may come in handy for nice dinners out or a performance such as concert or ballet. The shoes above are actually these Sam Edelman D’Orsay pumps, which are 46% off.
I wish I’d gotten a photo of this black dress from L.L. Bean without the belt bag. It’s actually a very flattering and pretty dress. Alas it is sold out in some sizes, so I included the Coldwater Creek Destinations fit and flare dress in the graphic above. It’s on its way to me and I anticipate it working nicely. They also have a short sleeved Destinations dress.
But what I really love is this urbanite textured dress. And it’s about 40% off, too. This dress is made from a stretchy, soft, lightweight fabric perfect for travel.
I’m wearing my TTS medium and it is quite roomy. But I’m not sure I’d want to size down. It fits just right in the sleeves, which is an area I sometimes have problems with.
My urbanite textured dress features beige pinstripes. But you can also get the urbanite dress in solid black, vineyard green or quartz pink, but at full price. The dresses are available in a full range of sizes from xxs to 3x, and in limited petite and tall sizes.
Well, I thought I was through and then I found another outfit or two. I think those slides above are worth mentioning. I’ve been wearing those Naturalizers and my birchwood pair on repeat this summer. They are so extremely comfortable. They’d make great “camp shoes” for your walking vacation.
Okay, enough said! Especially if you watched the video, too. Ha! Let me know if you have any questions. And remember, you can shop through the photos below, too. Happy travels!
Blessed for My Day
Sometimes we think we’re waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers, but really He’s waiting oh so patiently on us. He’s waiting for us to allow our hearts to change, to let go, to trust Him, to obey. Don’t you find that more often than not your prayers don’t necessarily change things as much as they change you? Maybe that is what God is doing when He seems to be delaying…he’s changing you.
Today as you pray that prayer again…because you absolutely should persevere in prayer…ask the Lord if He is also waiting to change something in you. Give Him permission to do a good work in you. Allow Him to examine your heart and mind to see if there is any hurtful way He needs to correct. And then be willing to move forward with Him.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ~ 2 Peter 3:9