It’s time to make a plan…

So I have a capsule wardrobe plan for the London/Paris trip next month. Will I stick to it? Heaven only knows, but I want to. I LOVE the idea of packing a smallish bag with plenty of room for souvenirs. (Sorry, I misspelled “books” there.) Much will depend, with apologies to William Carlos Williams, upon the weather. It’s been chilly and damp in England and hot in Paris, so I’ll have to keep a cautious eye on the forecast and perhaps adjust my list accordingly.

The capsule consists of ten pieces, all of which can be mixed and matched. We will be gone 14 days, and the trip includes research, pleasure, and business meetings. We’ve rented an apartment in London for the first nine days; after that, we can’t do laundry, so ten pieces should serve.

Here they are:

2 prs skinny jeans–one black, one dark blue

1 dress–black shirtwaist with full skirt, 3/4 sleeves

1 blazer–black

1 long-sleeved shirt–denim

2 blouses–one black and white polka dot (3/4 sleeve) and one cream silk, safari style

1 3/4 sleeve t-shirt–black and white stripes

2 t-shirts–one black, one white

Not included in the ten items: scarf, lariat necklace, Longchamps tote (everyday) small black crossbody (alternate everyday), snakeskin clutch (business/evening)

Shoes: black Coach sneakers, black and cream pointed-toe Tahari flats w/t-strap detail, black and white polka dot driving mocs, black mary janes.

If it’s hot, I will add white cropped jeans; if cold, in goes a very thin grey sweater. If it’s wet, I will toss in a short black trench. Everything can be layered with the denim shirt doing duty as a light jacket, and everything works for casual sightseeing and research. For business meetings, I will pair the black skinnies with a black t-shirt, black blazer, Tahari flats, snakeskin clutch, and a lariat necklace. It’s comfortable, sleek, and the accessories are doing the heavy lifting style-wise.

Final tip: with a limited palette for a travel wardrobe, red lipstick is essential. It also does a superb job of mitigating the effects of a jet-lagged face!

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10 Responses to It’s time to make a plan…

  1. Debbie Kemp says:

    I think you’ve got it covered. I’m assuming you don’t need a hat. The scarf could cover your head if you went to a place that required head cover. Have a great trip. I’m envious!
    Debbie

  2. Christina says:

    I love the idea of capsule wardrobes, especially vacation ones, my dilemma lies in the fact that I’d have to go out and actually buy staple pieces…

  3. Lynne says:

    If it’s hot I’d toss in a skirt that goes with T’s and blouses. Cooler than cropped jeans and a bit dressier. Just a thought …Londoners still dress up a bit. You’re going to have a terrific time – aren’t you excited? I am for you!!

    • Don’t have one! Did a hellacious wardrobe purge thanks to reading Marie Kondo’s book and don’t have a single skirt for summer. I figure if the Duchess of Cambridge can wear skinnies to an official event, I’m good. 😉 And yes, VERY happy to be heading back to London! Haven’t been in ages, and it’s been even longer since I was in Paris.

      • Lynne says:

        That’s what happens when you clear out the closet! Never fear – you’ll do fine. And you’re right – if it’s good enough for Kate it’s good enough for you!

  4. Farnaz says:

    Ooooh, are you doing signings in London?! I would love to come along! And yes, the weather is all over the place at the moment. Sun is hot when it’s out, but the breeze is chilly and we can’t seem to get out from under clouds and showers. Sigh. Word on the street is that the last week of June and first two weeks of July may actually be summer. Who knows, though! Also, is it weird that I love reading precise descriptions of clothes? Almost as good as wearing them.

    • Will probably be organizing a casual get-together to chat with readers and sign books. I’ll announce details soon, but it looks like probably around July 13/14. Hope you can make it!

  5. SuzanneH says:

    You aren’t taking any ultra light clothes and it will be June. Both times I was in England and France in May/June the first few weeks were below 10C every day and the last few over 35C every day. And in London the heat was hell. There was no air conditioning, you couldn’t buy a cold drink and in our hotel you couldn’t even open a window. Thankfully we were having a few days in Hong Kong on they way home so we had some light sun dresses, sandals and a hat.

    • Think I’ll be fine–been there a few times in high summer and most of the places we go are heavily air-conditioned. The dress is also pretty light-weight!

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