Monday, September 04, 2017

What I Packed for Florida, August/September 2017

When you read this, Belovedest and I will be hanging out with my mother in Florida! It's super-easy to pack for these trips, because I can wear her clothes if I HAVE to (her coloring suggests a soft, cool, powdery-pastel wardrobe - not perfect for me!) and I can of course do laundry. That said, one always should have a plan!

If this first outfit looks familiar, it should; it's what I wore to fly to Ireland earlier this month. It was really ideal, but I'm making just a few small changes to tweak it to suit Florida better. First up, instead of my favorite Bremerton pants from Eddie Bauer, I'll be wearing J.Jill stretch linen pants. (my Bremerton pants just got back from the cleaners - I splurged - and I'm sort of keeping them under wraps until we go to Paris on September 20th...) And I'm going to wear ballet flats instead of "real" shoes and socks. For me, a 3 hour flight is no big deal, so I don't worry about being cold, or dealing with deep vein thrombosis...


scarf - Missoni; tee shirt - J.Jill; earrings - Judith Jack (similar here); cardigan - J.Jill; pants - Eddie Bauer, ballet flats - Thierry Rabotin (the ones I'm buying next here); backpack - Hershel

If you've got a hankering for a Missoni scarf, please note that some of their scarves are heavy, woolly and warm, and others are viscose and nylon, which has a really soft, cool, almost silk-like feeling. This one that I'm wearing falls into the latter category, which makes it pretty idea if one wants to wear a scarf to Florida at the end of summer!

Please note that most of the blue pieces are long-gone from J.Jill, but if you want to replicate a 4-piece super-buy like the one I made earlier this summer, J.Jill is the place to do it! They come out with beautiful linen pieces every year, in a wide range of colors and styles, which are good quality and reasonably priced. I can highly recommend them!


warm-weather travel capsule wardrobe in black, white and cornflower blue
sleeveless button-front shirts - Lands' End; cardigan - Eileen Fisher; blue shirt - J.Jill; blue tank - J.Jill; striped tee shirt - Frame; shorts - J.Jill; dress - J.Jill; silver sandals - Abeo; black sandals - Abeo

Yes, both of my sandals are the same brand - I've been fighting an arthritic knee, and supportive sandals seem to help a bit. I'm loving these...

This seems like rather a lot to take for just 4 days, but I have a mad abundance of suitcase space (I'm taking some things for my mother which bumped me up from a simple tote bag...) and I thought I'd give myself some options. It's always smart to have a shirt or cardigan handy - even at home - in Florida because the air conditioning can be paralyzing. I try not to run too much air conditioning here at home, and so I'm not used to "walk-in freezer" types of temperatures!

nine outfits from a warm weather travel capsule wardrobe in black, white and cornflower blue

If we go out to dinner someplace nice, I'll be in good shape (I'm mostly packing the dress because it's a favorite of Belovedest's...). The rest of the time, I won't need to look amazingly dressy, but I still like to give some sort of sense that I didn't get dressed in the dark!

It will be interesting to see if we get rain from the storms in Texas and Louisiana...

love,
Janice
What to pack for Florida in September; A Travel Capsule Wardrobe
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9 comments:

  1. Janice,
    Enjoy your stay, but please also keep an eye out for the track of impending Hurricane Irma !

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  2. Love it! You make it look so easy to put it all together. I myself am still wracked with indecision about packing for my up coming trip. It's multi climate with a wide range of activities. Have a great time in Florida with your mum.

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  3. J.Jill wasn't on my radar until I started reading you -- and imagine my delight when I discovered they really DO have plus-sizes also!

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  4. I'm going to be in Paris then too! We're going to celebrate my 40th birthday. ^_^ I have never been, despite starting my French studies when I was around seven years old. I have forgotten so much now, plus I keep breaking into Japanese in the middle of sentences. (I lived in Japan for about six years.) >_< Oh well, I'm sure I'll have a lovely time nonetheless.

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    1. When you're immersed in French, it will come back quickly!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  5. This is a lovely wardrobe! I hope you are watching out for Irma in Florida!

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    1. We're home in Chicago, and mom is flying up here in the morning! Hallelujah for that....
      hugs,
      Janice

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  6. Hi Janice, first comment here. It is NOT usual for me to "engage" in social networks, but reading your post on doing more what one likes made me say: I like black cherry and dark chocolate ice cream and what this woman writes! And thanks to you, photos from our 9th wedding-anniversary-trip with Belovedest are so good! Glad you and your family are ok. Hugs,

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    1. Special big hug for you being brave enough to comment! Please feel free to join in here any time; we are a loving and benevolent crowd (I kick out the mean people!).
      hugs,
      Janice

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