Hello again! For those of you who are new to traveling and are taking a long getaway I hope this article is helpful to you. This is a continuation to an article I wrote in August called Travel Essentials for those Long Getaways. My client that is taking the trip was so kind to let me photograph the wardrobe that accompanied her on her getaway. The temperatures predicted for her overseas destination were going to be in the low 40’s or 50’s and high 70’s or 80’s.  To allow room for future purchases on your trip, I recommend that you keep your choices at a minimum and practice packing them early to make sure they will fit properly (with room left) in your suitcase. There are a few key factors that influenced the decisions we made that are super important to consider when trying to put together a functional, yet stylish, travel capsule wardrobe.

29 wardrobe pieces to make a capsule wardrobe for traveling. Neutrals and some pops of color.
Capsule Wardrobe Worthy of Travel




The most important consideration for your travel wardrobe is to make sure most pieces can be layered and worn with other pieces; which is why I called this a capsule wardrobe.  You will end up wearing some of the same things but by mixing things up you will make them look completely different than the first time you wore them. To keep things simple, try to stay with neutrals such as black, gray and navy for your main pieces. The main pieces would be jackets, sweaters and bottoms.  You can mix these neutrals together and pair other colors with them through your accessories and undershirts. Layering also allows you to plan for warmer temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures in the evening. For example, wear a cute t-shirt, blouse or sweater (if it’s cooler) but bring a second layer with you that you can pop over in the chilly evening.  I really am a huge fan of color in a wardrobe but when you are traveling you are limited on how much you can take.  Neutrals make the pairing down process much easier.

Rag & Bone burned out green v-neck tee worn by itself with jeans and a scarf then layered with a denim jacket and then layered with a bomber jacket. Same Sorel booties and gray skinny jeans with all three outfits.
Rag & Bone Sublime Wash V-Neck Tee Outfits




Try to give the pieces in your travel wardrobe more than one purpose.   For example, this Rag & Bone cold shoulder sweater will go with all three pairs of jeans and can be worn by itself or layered underneath a jacket when it gets chilly. Just by adding the black jeans and the black booties transformed this sweater from day to night.  We just created 3 outfits that take on very different looks with the same sweater! Yes, it is that simple!


Cold Shoulder white and black knit sweater paired with black, gray and dark jeans and gray jean outfit is layered with a bomber jacket for cooler weather. Black booties and sneakers are paired with the outfits.
Rag & Bone Dana Cold Shoulder Sweater Outftits



Black ankle boote by Aquatalia from Nordstrom
Aquatalia Franca Weatherproof Bootie
Sorel Waterproof Bootie

I know when traveling it is important to not only have comfortable shoes but for them to be versatile and cute as well.  SOMETIMES paying a little more for your shoes is worth the sacrifice of funds.  I think brands like Aquatalia and Sorel are great choices when it comes to quality and comfort.  If you pick the right style they are fashionable as well.  I love this Aquatalia Franca Weatherproof Bootie for lots of reasons. It can be worn day or night, be dressed up or down, and it’s comfortable and looks sleek and pretty on the foot.  We paired these booties with everything from jeans to an evening dress.  The Sorel Waterproof Booties (linked to different color, original one not available) are a great option for those days you will be doing a lot of exploring.  They are designed for activity and hold up well through all weather conditions.

Dr. Scholl’s Scout Tennis Shoe

My August travel post showed a New Balance tennis shoe she purchased for the trip. Once she wore it she decided it was not comfortable enough to take with her. This is exactly why I recommended in the last article for you to never travel with newly purchased shoes without breaking them in first! You may discover, like she did, that they were not as comfortable as you initially thought. Instead of the New Balance she chose a Dr. Scholl’s Scout slip on black sneaker. This sneaker is not expensive and provides an exceptional amount of padding which makes it super comfortable.  I loved this option because it is in style and works well with everything she is bringing except the evening dinner dress.

3 outfits: Star button up top (white with black stars), bomber jacket and gray jeans with black bootie, Dinner dress by Diane von Ferstenberg that has a bow tie at the neck. It is black with camel stripes. Wear with tights and black booties. 3rd is dark gray sleeve and light gray body raglan top with denim jacket (light blue) and black jeans with black booties.
Aquatalia Booties with Three Different Outfits


3 outfits. One is a graphic tee with black cardigan and black jeans, 2nd is navy plaid tunic dress with dark jeans, and 3rd is a navy sweater with a little bit of an open back and a plaid scarf with gray jeans.
Dr. Scholl’s Scout Sneakers with Three Different Outfits


3 outftis. First is a plaid blue and white button down with a dark gray sweater jacket with pockets and dark jeans, 2nd is royal vintage blue tee with gray bomber jacket and red plaid ball cap with gray jeans and 3rd is a burgundy sweater with a red and white scarf with gray jeans. All with Sorel booties.
Sorel Waterproof Booties Ouftis



I feel like I read articles like these all the time that give you specifics on what clothing you should use for travel.  Honestly, it is important that You Do You.  I have a sign in my office that reminds me of this every day. You are the only YOU and remember this fact when you are building your everyday and travel wardrobe.  If you are traveling outside the country I do think it is a good idea to check the culture and make sure you don’t wear anything that could be offensive. Other than that, pick things that you will be comfortable in, show your personality and will work together. The purpose of showing you these pieces is not for you to go out and buy them, but to show you how we mixed and matched all of our pieces and made a capsule wardrobe worthy of traveling in! I have added a few more outfits at the end to make sure I used all the pieces in her wardrobe! HAPPY TRAVELS!




Outfit 1: Dark gray sweater jacket with pockets with gray marbled tissue turtleneck and red plaid hat with black sneakers, 2nd outfit: Dark blue pull over blouse with collar with black pull over round neck sweater and black jeans paired with black booties. 3rd Outfit: Gray soft Athleta tee with black cardigan and dark jeans with blue plaid scarf and black sneakers.

Outfit 1: Blue pullover blouse with collar and tie die scarf (blue, white and green) and Sorel tan bootie. 2nd Outfit: Plaid tunic dress with just sneakers (black). 3rd Outfit: Star button down shirt that is white with black stars on it and black jeans with black booties.

















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