In Part 1 of the Summer Wanderer Series I shared some practical advice on how to choose a wardrobe for summer travel. Now it’s time to test my theories and see how well these pieces work. Below is about a month’s worth of outfits built from the items I chose; each is (loosely) inspired by a European city.
A few overall reflections: I think these outfits demonstrate the versatility of my fictional travel wardrobe, but there are definitely things I could’ve done better. I should’ve packed belts and a black bag (some outfits reflect these additions). I could’ve also used some black sandals and maybe a few more/different scarves. Still, thumbs up to the wardrobe workhorses: the navy skirt, black skinny jeans, grey tee, cobalt trousers, and brown tote and sandals. While it gets a little boring to see the same bag and shoes show up over and over again, I think it’s a realistic reflection of a limited wardrobe and proves how crucial it is to pack good accessories.
Also crucial– not packing things you really don’t need. A few days before I’m set to leave for a trip I lay out every item I’ve chosen and create possible combinations. Any piece that doesn’t go into at least three outfits suffers the cruel fate of rejection. In my virtual culling process I realized I probably wouldn’t use some of my “just for fun” pieces, especially the pink and gold skirt and some of the sequin pieces. If I were packing for real, they’d be out of the game, and I’d put in the aforementioned bag and shoes in their place. More accessories=new ways to wear dresses, which exponentially increases outfit options and work well for day to night looks.
What would you have packed if you were wandering Europe this summer? Which outfits are your favorites? Any you particularly don’t like? Share your advice!!