Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Casual Packing: The "Triple Top" Secret

 Here are a couple of examples of how my Triple Top Secret selection of tops can work for a really casual trip (or just a day to day wardrobe).  First, I started with a cool flowered shirt, got really gutsy and tossed in a striped tee shirt, and worked from there.  Yes, I would wear the stripes and the flowers together...


Red sweatshirt - Aerie,  navy sweater - Uniqlo, floral shirt - Uniqlo,  striped tee shirt - Alexander Wang, white henley tee - Uniqlo


 I realized after working with this idea for a while that there are, in fact, two "triples" inherent in this idea:


Yes, the button-front shirt is critical!  A shirt that can both be worn as a jacket or 2nd layer, but also layered under a sweater or sweatshirt, is key.




Here's an example of how this can work with some bright, warm colors, to get you through the icky weather ahead:


orange fleece - L.L.Bean, plaid shirt -Uniqlo, cream tee shirt - L.L.Bean, yellow sweater - Uniqlo, brown tee shirt - L.L.Bean



If you find that you've developed a passion for a printed or plaid shirt, this is a great way to make sure that you wear it frequently...

11 comments:

  1. This is so awesome and just goes to show how much mileage you can get from five pieces that coordinate and you love! You rock!

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  2. I generally travel with 7-8 articles of clothing, not including a coat/raincoat/jacket. I've been layering for years to increase the versatility of the clothes I've brought along on my trip. My travel wardrobe consists of two pants (I substitute a skirt for one pair of pants if I'll be going to the theater or opera in a major city), a cardigan sweater, 4-5 tops (these vary by season/destination, and one is generally "dressier" than the others), undies, robe, pj's, and a base layer top and tights if I'm traveling in the winter. Scarfs, hat, gloves, jewelry, socks, cheap flip flops, small cross-body purse,a bathing suit (season/destination dependent) and two pair of shoes round out the stuff I take in one small carry-on.I usually wash my clothes as I travel. For my last trip, all I took on the plane was my carry-on (weighed 11 lbs.) and a small tote (with my cross-body bag, jacket, and book inside). The tote doubles as a beach bag.

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  3. I stumbled on this on a car trip through Quebec into Maine during July. The weather changed considerably and moisture in the air added another bone chilling element. Out of desperation to stay warm, I piled on everything in my luggage and ended up with two more layers on top of the tshirt/button shirt/sweatshirt. A denim jacket on top of the three and then a windbreaker over that. Added a scarf around the neck and I was really comfortable. There were FIVE layers of clothes on one day.

    The key for me was they were all fitted and not thick - bulky fabrics. I'm not sure if it would have worked so well if they were heavier garments.

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  4. Layering clothing pieces is very common and practical to stay warm and comfortable, especially where the weather is fluctuating or cold. I love wearing layers. It's fun and creative. My favourite combo is a tank tee and a long sleeve tee with either a sweater or a cardigan.

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  5. We are all about layering in Texas so these posts are extremely helpful. During winter, we will begin the day freezing and end the day sweating! Hope you are well Janice!

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  6. Hmm... good points there. I tend to 'triple layer' for autumn with something like a t shirt or long sleeved top, a cardigan then a light jacket (like cropped leather) over the top. Plus a scarf for if it gets chillier and I'm set to cope with a variety of temperatures.

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  7. Love the triple layers. Just curious - do you show a short sleeve tee rather than sleeveless because you also wear the tee in the summer or because it provides more underarm area protection for the outer layers? I avoid short sleeves, they are very unflattering on me, so I use a tank tee under long sleeve tee but might want to rethink that if I'm going to add layers.

    Thanks.

    And completely off topic - would love to see a post about tights which I think I remember you mentioning a while ago.

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  8. I was just thinking this morning as I was looking at my closet that it you replaced a tshirt with a knit shell, you could use that shell on top of the button-down as a vest, or underneath as a standard layer and have one or two more looks.

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  9. I'm an old hand at layering, and totally get what you're getting at here. But I'm struck by your recommendation of a buttoned tailored shirt as middle layer. That's the missing ingredient in many of my combos! Thanks :-).

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  10. I get cold easily so I'm all about layering! I start with an 'invisible' layer - a tank or cami. I have found that inexpensive tanks generally cost less than camisoles and can also be used as my work-out too. I sometimes wear a tank in a contrasting color and let it peak out from the bottom of the first layer - it adds a pop of color. Love all your work Janice!

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