Before evaluating my wardrobe and figuring out what I am going to take with me, I decided to do some poking around on the Internet to figure out what a realistic amount of clothing is for a week. I am a less than efficient packer; I tend to bring too much and then end up wearing only some, or find that I forgot something essential and my pieces are just kind of all there, not really going together. Besides which, I want to keep my suitcase manageable since I’ll be with my family and all of their stuff as well.
So what is a realistic number of pieces that I’m working towards? Four skirts, two shirts, etc.? I turned to Lucky Magazine as an option, but found that resource sadly lacking in the packing help department. Eventually, I found a packing list on the Rick Steves website that gave some useful guidelines. Finally, I went to Fashion for Nerds, a fun site that I found (where else) on the Already Pretty Lovely Links. Her example of the wardrobe that she took on a recent trip to Europe shows just how several outfits can be created from just a few pieces.
So based on all of this, I came up with the following checklist for my basics. I chose “Black and White” as my basic color theme, because I thought that it would be easy to add color to brighten it up.
3 TopsWhite Tee: Banana Republic – no longer available (get the look) Black Tank: Dreamsacks $58 (get the look) Black and white striped tee: J Crew – no longer available (get the look)
3 BottomsWhite Jeans: MEK – no longer available (get the look) Black skirt: Old Navy – no longer available (get the look) Grey skirt: American Apparel – no longer available (get the look)
1 Sweater: Cross front cardigan from The Gap – no longer available (get the look)
1 Dress (Can double as a beach cover-up): Banana Republic – no longer available (get the look)
Hmmm, not very beachy. In the next installment, I’ll be adding prints and accent colors. Back to the wardrobe!
This website is full of tips to help you pack light for whatever trip you are taking. Includes packing lists. Geared towards a general audience.
This checklist for women is geared towards international travel, but lists specific categories and amounts of things to bring.