July 11, 2022
The Best Laid Plans…
She was planning to spend the autumn photographing leaves, and hiking, and enjoying the brisk air…
But instead, she’s going to be touring with a political candidate whom she supports. It’s a long story!
She doesn’t want to pack much; she frankly doesn’t want to think about clothing at all once she closes her suitcase. She’s going to have quite enough on her mind!
So she’s thinking that she will have room to pack 10 garments in her medium suitcase… Maybe a “Whatever’s Clean 13” Wardrobe is what she needs, eh?
Realistically, she might be able to stop at home from time to time, but she wants to be as self-sufficient as possible when they’re driving from small town to middle-sized town…
Most of her outfits are appropriate for business and professional activities…
She’s making sure to have a skirt with her – it seems wise…
And jeans might be useful – some of her visits are going to be to things like farms and fairs:
It all looks pretty logical when the puts her clothing images into her template:
The more complete wardrobe, with accessories included, looks quite nice!
Of course she has plenty of options, but she really want to SEE them in order to be sure that she is prepared:
She’s nervous/excited about her new responsibilities – at least she won’t have to worry about what to wear every day!
p.s. Three years ago, our heroine was planning to leave a stash of warm-weather clothing at a frequently-visited destination…
This is great! Hope her candidate is for more gun control and women’s rights.
Janice, I have always appreciated that you keep specific political views out of your posts as we are a diverse group.
❤️👍Indeed. Not even a political view. A view for humanity.
Linda P says
Mary Anne says
I love this. The only thing missing for me is a larger black tote bag. Some days she will be on the go from morning until night and will need, perhaps. to take water, snacks and other personal items to last the day.
Orr Linda says
Very cohesive. On our last day of our road trip. Hind sight being 20/20 I should have switched out a pair of pants I took for an extra summer dress. Everything else did at least double duty if not more. But then we did actually extend a day to spend more time in Cody, WY. My yellow, light blue, and navy wardrobe worked perfectly, I just needed maybe one more workable outfit instead of the pants I took and then never wore because I didn’t want the waistband around my waist. This is a very pretty wardrobe. I enjoy your posts so much every Mon, Wed,and Fri and always look forward to them. Thank you Janice!
Sandy b says
Sounds like a great trip. It is nice when a plan comes together.
This wardrobe is professional, wearable, and attractive. Good work, as always!
Love the colors and the painting. But I’d definitely wear the boots, not the red shoes, on a farm or at a fair!
And make sure you can brush or wipe them off at the end of the day!
Was thinking the same thing! Short, wipeable black boots would be a much better choice for farm and fair – but gosh those are cute red shoes!
Beth T says
Perhaps our heroine could make sure that all the photos she takes
have trees in the background? Politicians always like to be seen as active – how about a photo shoot hiking in the mountains?
Here in the UK, we are just beginning a heatwave that could last at least two weeks. I’ve yet to plan my holiday in a few weeks time. However, September will be upon us before we know it. This painting in another post inspired me to wear burgundy and grey in the autumn and winter. So it’s good to plan ahead…
Beth T says
My reference to a previous post for this painting was slightly incorrect. I’ve had a look back at the archives and it is a different painting by Georgia O’Keefe: Autumn Trees – The Maples
Janice did several posts using that painting which still has red and grey in the scheme.
Sally in St Paul says
Oh I’m so not ready to think about fall…though I understand that the retail cycle and my personal timing do not align! I always *really* like the black, grey, and red color combination in cold weather. Something about having the grey in there with the black adds depth and richness. (That probably holds true for me with any black + jewel tone type color.) I loved seeing the red loafers in this capsule…a bright color shoe is such a fun addition.
I like how understated this is. She is going to have to look sporty a lot of the time, but neat and pulled together. Like she means business! There will be civic clubs her candidate will speak to and lots of parades, community festivals and fairs. They will spend time in parking lots at university football games. Her handbag should be large enough to carry hand sanitizer, extra masks, extra campaign pamphlets and a bottle of water! The two long sleeve Ts look as if they can be easily laundered in a hotel room sink, so a few extra scarves & necklaces in the bag wouldn’t take up space and she can get more mileage from these. Oh! And for anyone not enamored with black, check out the link for the black pants. They come in maple and another warm brown.
I was eyeing the maple colored pants for teaching this fall! I have a birthday coming up so maybe… hmmm. Wonderful wardrobe Janice!
Amanda Hudson says
I love what I refer to as TVF Rule of 13. I wear three and pack ten. Everything fits in a carry-on and I always have plenty for ten to twelve days which seems to be a typical amount for us. I have added 1-2 more pieces and gone for over two weeks. With planning it is very doable. Thank you Janice.
Love this wardrobe. The colors are perfect and you can mix and match for multiple outfits. I think I have something similar to every item in this capsule and I’ll use this as a template for a trip in the fall. Now that I think of it I did something similar for a winter trip I took to London pre-covid that was based on a red raincoat. The pictures turned out great and there was usually a red phone booth or bus in the background.
Love this! So polished yet very comfortable. The red pieces really pop the other pieces. I now need to figure out a trip that I need layers!!! Thank you,
Beth T says
Dear Janice, Please would you tag this painting by the colours as well: Red and Grey. Thank you. X
Linda P says
Hi Janice and Everyone! I do like the capsule but I just cannot think about wearing black and grey together yet. I know the retailers get out the autumnal back-to-school wear on July 5th when there’s plenty of summer left. Actually, it may be more like 3 months before we have to think about sn*w.
I love this! Black and gray are two of my basic colors and red is one of my accent colors, so I am always interested when I see these three put together. Just lovely.
I really like the grids, but I wonder… Janice, would it be possible to do a back to basics type of post for these grids. Such as “In step one, pick a dark neutral colour & choose x number slacks/skirts in it. Step 2, light neutral, etc. Step 3 x number tops in type of colour. Etc.” I’m currently between 2 locations every week – Monday night to Thurs night in one place during work week & Friday night to Sunday at the other. I never know just what I really need at the secondary location and overpack, even though I try to use a 13 grid. I just haven’t found the formula that will make it click and work for that packing situation. Leaving things at the 2nd place isn’t an option. Am I using the wrong type of grid? Should I be looking at the 4×4? Or do I need a special one…like 13 plus 1? Friday is a work day, but 2nd location that night may mean dinner out which may be dressy or casual. Next day may be casual with dressy night. Sunday is a repeat. Monday starts the workweek. I can usually repeat the trousers from Friday for Saturday, but need clean for Sunday & a dressier for Monday. Any ideas for which packing grid to use would be very helpful. Thank you.
Hmmm… let me think. I would be happy to do a step-by-step Whatever’s Clean 13, which might help you clarify what you need…
Stick around! I’m going to work on this!
Oh good ! I always enjoy your in depth thought process posts the most ! While the colors here are not the ones that I wear, I love seeing which items you select to fill which slot in terms of tops, toppers, and bottoms, and how many of each item . I am so glad that Kari made her request to you !
Janice, Bless you & many thanks.
My birthday (when posted), my colors – delightful.
Oh fun! I was thinking about September and a project 333 capsule for fall in black, grey, and cranberry tones with winter white & cream. Maybe a bit of army or forest green. This post is so inspiring.