I’m back. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been traveling the last few weeks. My husband and I strung together a few destinations for a trip that took us from Dallas to Florida then South Carolina. This was not a carry-on option since we needed clothing for multiple climates and a wide range of events. But I did take note on a pattern of repeat items that were often restyled providing numerous looks. These pieces will be the core of a packing strategy for an upcoming trip to France.
1. A peacoat was enough for cool evenings and layers well over a tee, sweater, or silk blouse. It goes from casual to evening with the right pieces. I love having a jacket with me on flights. I usually wear jeans and a sweater so a structured piece adds polish and completes the look (above picture).
2. I received lots of comments on jeans. The pair I wore most often are the above Mother Denim Hustler Roller Heel. I packed them in a non-faded inky black too. They stood in for trousers when needed. I also brought a pair of Mother Denim straight legs that I wore on more active days – biking, boating, walking on the beach.
3. The key to the wide leg flare is having multiple shoes that work with the length so the jeans can transition from day to night. A low chunky heel boot and a sneaker with a significant sole managed that issue. Sneakers I wear all the time for travel are by Hogan. They’re incredibly comfortable and don’t look too athletic.
4. For shirts, I packed a solid and striped poplin. They’re great untucked under sweaters or tucked in with a belt when a look needs to be pulled together. Two silk blouses were the start of dinner looks. The navy Vince blouse (above) served double duty as the completion to a skirted look I wore to a wedding. I also have it in black. I brought both fitted and boxy sweaters and wore them with jeans, workout pants and skirts.
5. My current favorite travel/day bag is the Dior Bobby Bag. I purchased mine last year in Paris in black. I think a beige one is next. I prefer the grained look to keep it more casual and not so precious. I’m not into the interchangeable logo straps and like the quiet sophistication of the bag as is.
Great options for travel with multiple climates!! Thank you for the great tips!
The items you pack for travel are always a great capsule wardrobe. These are my favorite posts!
Thank you for the feedback!
What a great post and like Janet, your travel pics always give me ideas to keep in mind. One question I had was when you wear your Hogans with jeans on cooler days, what kind of socks do you prefer? Thinking of your IG and you’re walking on the beach. Loved the jacket you had on was well.
Sorry I missed this and didn’t reply sooner! I wear wool socks when it’s cold. Usually mid-calf, but if it’s very chilly, I’ll switch to knee socks. The jacket I had on the beach is a lightweight shell by Moncler. It folds to nothing as is a good topper when a puffer or jacket is too much. It’s an older piece, but there are current similar styles.