Saturday, October 26, 2013

How to Pack for Changing Weather

My recent adventures took me from decidedly summery weather to something more in keeping with gloves and scarves.  As usual, I was limited to just a carry-on bag... But I was really delighted with what I took with me.

Nobody around you is going to be fooled into believing that you have a vast and limitless wardrobe at your disposal, and you're going to need to be able to do some laundry occasionally with this little ensemble. I found, however, that I was covered (or uncovered, as the case may be) for everything that I encountered.

AND!!!  I deciphered the reason that all of this worked so well, and next week I'm going to explain the secret, and show some other examples.

A grey tee shirt and black pants from Eddie Bauer, my old argyle cardigan, pearls, walking shoes, Tumi briefcase and carry-on.

I only packed two pair of shoes, and contrary to normal advice, I smashed them down flat and tucked them into the inner side pockets of my bag.  These Thierry Rabotin shoes are painfully expensive, but they can be resoled,so I keep them for years and years.  And they're soft enough that the horrid smashing doesn't hurt them.  Not shown here - pajamas, lingerie, and tights...


An old Eileen Fisher cardigan and sweater, denim shirt, a couple of black tee shirts,  beige and black scarf, Thierry Rabotin ballet flats and cross-strapped flats,  Eileen Fisher slouch pants, my old black Muji dress, a grey cashmere turtleneck from before the beginnings of recorded history,  black, grey, ruby scarf, skirted leggings


13 comments:

  1. Welcome back! I hope your trip went well! Love the outfits and ideas!

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  2. Welcome back! Can hardly wait to hear the secret behind why so few pieces work so well ...

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  3. I love a secret!
    Karen

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  4. So many familiar items/friends here--a great message.

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  5. You are a very savvy planner. Love that you were able to get all of these in a carry on too.

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  6. Welcome back. I see you used the new scarf. I have pulled several threads on it already. It is not noticable because of the print, but don't brush your hair while wearing this scarf.

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  7. Missed your posts! So glad you are back as I have to pack for winter (business and then very casual travel) followed by tropical (wedding and casual/see friends travel).
    You have made me see that its a matter of thinking through what you have already. I always have almost all the pieces you show (or something extremely close) but I get in a complete muddle packing and think I have to take all my favourites all the time.
    SInce reading your blog I have become much more careful about colours so everything will go together. Yesterday the lady in shop said about my purchases "But they are all blue!". Not a problem for me as my basic colours for the tropics will be blue and white, as per (you guessed it) one of your postings!
    Also love that your jewellry is so similar to mine and seeing yours made me get mine organized as I did keep it in a disorganized shambles. Basically you have taught me that getting dressed every day is 90% organization.
    It has been revolutionary for me so thank you very much and keep posting!

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  8. Welcome back hope everything went well for you.
    I loved the black and cranberry scarf but had to return it because of the snagging .

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  9. I always like your travel ideas. It looks however like you did not use your travel clothes for any other combination during your trip. Isn't that a bit of a shame? You could have reduced it even more, no? That skirted leggins would probably be my piece left behind - how does it wear?

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  10. Hope you'll show a travel wardrobe with warmer colors. Much as I would like to be able to wear black and grey, they just don't look good on me.

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  11. Welcome back. I've just found your blog a few weeks ago and I've used your time away to catch up on the archives. I'm started the great closet purge and have come to the realization that my wardrobe is nothing but printed shirts! I'm now having fun looking for some basic solid colored tops. I'm also psyched to pack for my upcoming trip to Jamaica. I normally pack pretty light but this one will probably be a record for me now that I am incorporating some of your great ideas.

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  12. Janice, I've never invested in high end ballet flats with the little bows like the Rabotins you're showing in the third picture down. Do they run true to size? Love your selections! Jody

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