Friday, January 19, 2018

A 4 by 4 Wardrobe for a vacation to Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast

A true story - requested by, and written by, a reader! How much fun is this?

This was the color palette she requested:

travel wardrobe color palette of navy, beige, cognac, pink and aqua

She is finally getting to travel with her ADULT children. She doesn't have to worry about packing for them, or making their plane reservations, or making sure they've taken Dramamine, or keeping them occupied at the airport...

navy travel outfit
Earrings – Sarah & Sebastian; cardigan - J.Crew; scarf – Rebecca Minkoff; striped top – Rag & Bone; tote – Longchamp; loafers – Taryn Rose; pants – L.L.Bean; watch – Fossil; suitcase - Rimowa

She can concentrate on packing for herself!!!

dressy outfit in navy, for warm weather
Earrings – Lily Flo Jewellery; cardigan – Banana Republic; bracelet - Vitae Ascendere; dress – Eileen Fisher; clutch – Nina; sandals - Söfft

Her children will magically show up in Italy for a cousin's wedding, and then they will travel together afterwards - Florence and the Amalfi Coast!

4 by 4 Wardrobe Template after travel outfit and special occasion outfit are included

2 navy garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Tank top – L.L.Bean; skirt – L.L.Bean; sandals - Bionica

3 beige garments to add to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Halogen; shorts – L.L.Bean; cropped pants – L.L.Bean

She will probably stop in Switzerland en route to see a childhood friend.

4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe after Stage 2

She won't have to wake her children up for breakfast every day!

adding accent tops and leather goods to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Bag – Frye; pink tee – Lands’ End; aqua tee – Lands’ End; aqua striped top – L.L.Bean; navy tee - Uniqlo; sandals – Kork-Ease

Stage 3 of a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

They will simply appear in the morning while she is drinking her coffee!

Adding some neutral fill-in pieces to a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe
Cardigan – Uniqlo; dress –Christopher Esber; sleeveless linen top - Uniqlo

a final 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe in navy and beige with aqua and pink accents

2 ways to wear a navy marled cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige cardigan from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a navy skirt from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige shorts from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear navy pants from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear beige capris from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

2 ways to wear a beige dress from a 4 by 4 Travel Wardrobe

This could be heaven!

Thanks for the wardrobe idea, and for the idyllic story...

love,
Janice

p.s. Accessories for this 4x4 wardrobe will be the subject of Monday's post!

A 4 by 4 Wardrobe for a vacation to Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast
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19 comments:

  1. I love the story!!! And the wardrobe. That ruched dress is genius.

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  2. Wonderful! And this color palette is perfect for me, as well. I'd replace the pink with yellow or orange, though. (I might have handbags in both those colors. . . .)

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  3. I love every word of this ;). Can't wait to start assembling the wardrobe!

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  4. I love this! Comes at a perfect time - I'm spending one week in Rome with my adult children in March. Just the three of us! A gift to myself for my 50th birthday. Bliss!!

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  5. I love this! The story...the wardrobe....the plan. All perfect!

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  6. How delightful! My mother and I are going to Italy in late May—what good inspiration here!! Have fun, traveler!!!

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  7. We spent the week before Christmas in Arizona - all adults - what a difference that made on the trip! We missed some of the fun "child-based" activities, but the freedom felt luxurious. I love this wardrobe, and I am sure the reader and her adult children will have the time of their lives. Can't wait to see the accessories!

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  8. Traveling with adult children is the best! What a fun (true) story and an attractive, versatile wardrobe. - nancyo

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    1. also, just noticed that she accumulate two navy cardigans - one Banana Republic, one Uniqlo - although it appears that by the final edit she only brought one! - nancyo

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    2. Nancy ,
      Yes I saw that too ! Janice ?

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    3. I COULD say that it's because I was working on a laptop, and the images were small... or I could say that it was because I was taking care of a convalescing relative... But I've got to admit, it's just a mistake, plain and simple!

      Forgive my sheer humanity? I know you will...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  9. Yes, the ruched dress is very special.I hope this reader/traveler has a wonderful time on this special holiday.

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  10. LOVE the Christopher Esber dress . . . swoon

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  11. What a great packing occasion! And you had me with this chic but simple and versatile wardrobe until those dowdy LLBean and Land's End short-sleeved tees (which, I'm sorry, always scream Walmart to me. Flannel shirts, well ok. But otherwise, I've never bought anything from either of those sources that wasn't so unflattering in fit or unpleasing in color that I haven't sent it back. Sigh.)

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    1. I'd love to find a beautiful, flattering array of tee shirts in a dozen colors, but I can never find the color I need, or a really good photograph of JUST THE TEE SHIRT!!! So I resort to these to show what colors I have in mind, and what kind of classic style I think is most versatile... Sigh...
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Understood. And it goes without saying that you are a miracle worker day after day in inspiring us all to better wardrobes. But if only more American online retail sources had the saturation and intensity and also the richness of texture of the Gudrun Sjoden cotton knit tees, for example....

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  12. We spent the week before Christmas in Arizona - all adults - what a difference that made on the trip! We missed some of the fun "child-based" activities, but the freedom felt luxurious. I love this wardrobe, and I am sure the reader and her adult children will have the time of their lives. Can't wait to see the accessories!

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  13. Maybe she'll see floors like these... Thought of you when I saw this page (shoes and colors). http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/01/new-charming-mosaic-and-tile-floors-captured-by-photographer-sebastian-erras/

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  14. I did a wonderful, unforgettable trip through Umbria and Florence many years ago in my regular travel capsule of navy and beige. Funny to think I've been using the same colors for travel for almost 20 years.

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