How to Pack a Capsule Travel Wardrobe

7e0dbe9b2729a3082897d811fb937c6b I‘ve never met anyone who doesn’t love to go on holiday. But, I have met a lot of people who stress about what to pack and how much to pack so here’s a few couple of things to consider before you even start:

FIRST STEP:

1. Check the maximum and minimum temperature of your destination.

2. What are your plans while away? Do you need special clothes for a particular activity or event?

3. Are there cultural dress codes that you need to respect?

4. How often can you do your laundry? In this article, I’m assuming that you will be able to do your laundry on at least a weekly basis. This means that you only need to pack for one week, even if you are away for three months!

SECOND STEP

1. Choose a dark neutral such as black, grey or navy .

2. Choose a light neutral such as white or beige.

3. Choose an accent colour.

The neutral colours will form most of your travel wardrobe.

Once you’ve researched your destination and decided on your base colours, you’re ready to start. From your wardrobe, pull out the following items:

3 bottoms – include one casual e.g. denim jeans or shorts and one dressy e.g. black pants

4 tops – Include a shirt with roll-up sleeves which can be worn open as a casual jacket and one dress top, and one top in your accent colour. 

1 dress – a dress in a soft jersey fabric is perfect and can be dressed up or down.

1 Jacket

3 pairs shoes – one comfortable good looking walking shoe, one pair ballet flats and one dress pair.

One or two scarves that pick up your accent colour.

Before you put anything in your suitcase, lay all the clothes out on your bed. Put different things together, for different outfits. You should be able to make at least fifteen different outfits from the above list. If not, work out which of the items is not mixing and matching with the others and replace it with another, more compatible piece. From the pieces I’ve chosen below, I can make at least 50 different combinations of outfits.

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Remove one outfit to wear and pack the rest into your case, together with your underwear, one or two singlet tops or one or two 3/4 sleeve tees, depending on the climate and PJ’s. I suggest one bra, plus the one you wear. Unless you sweat a lot, you should only wash a bra every three to four days, but if you are going to a humid climate or plan to do gym classes, throw in an extra one.  Add a maximum of seven pairs of panties, swimsuit and sarong if required, socks as required , a belt and a couple of necklaces. Rolling garments takes up less room and causes less creasing. There are lots of tutorials on packing a case on You Tube that you might find helpful.

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Remember, there’s no need to take your entire bathroom. Check the hotels you’ve booked – you may not need to take a hairdryer but if you do check what adapter you need for electrical appliances. Take the minimum amount of make-up possible – 2 x lipstick, one x lip gloss, mascara, eye-shadow palette, blusher and foundation or BB cream should do. Buying travel sized skincare, hair care and sunscreen saves a lot of space, and makes it easy to throw into your cabin luggage, and avoid security issues at the airport.

It’s usually at this stage, that the temptation to add more clothes hits you. Resist! If an occasion does happen to come up while you’re away that you’re unprepared for, simply do what you do when you’re at home – go shopping!  I really hope this helps to take some of the stress out of packing for you, but if you’re still worried why not book a wardrobe audit with me? I’ll sort our your entire wardrobe, pack a travel capsule wardrobe and advise you on what items you might need to buy.

You can book via www.patersonpersonalstyling.com.au 

Spend, Splurge or Save – How to invest in your Wardrobe for the over 40’s

As women move past their twenties and thirties into their forties and beyond, shopping in the fast fashion clothing stores tends to become more difficult – the fit is often not quite right for a mature woman’s body shape and the styles are often not quite appropriate. Because clothes shopping can be more expensive when you’re forty plus, here’s my guide on whether you should spend, splurge or save on a few wardrobe ‘must -haves’.

Bra – Spend Your neckline is one of your assets, as is the area from beneath your bust to your navel. A well fitted bra will enhance and highlight both these areas, and will also eliminate the dreaded ‘back boobs’ look. Both Target and Bras n Things have qualified fitters in store, and you also have the option of private consultants from companies such as Intimo coming to your home for a more private fitting.

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Jacket or Blazer – Splurge A well cut jacket that fits perfectly, suits your body shape, and works back with  the rest of your or your wardrobe will be worth it’s weight in gold. Whether casually styled with jeans, tee and scarf, or worn with skirt or pants in the office, you are sure to get a few seasons wear out of it.

Jeans – Spend The most important factors when buying jeans are fit and comfort, not the price. Denim is a hard wearing fabric, so unless you just have to have them, there is no benefit in spending $$$ on jeans. Chain stores Jeans West and Just Jeans have very well trained staff and you should use them to help you find the right fit for you. I can help you with advice on the right style for your body shape.

On Trend/Seasonal Pieces – Save By ‘on trend’ and ‘seasonal’ I mean both colours and styles that are unlikely to be around for more than a few months. These pieces are fantastic for keeping your wardrobe up to date and fashionably stylish, but you don’t need to spend a lot, because fast fashion stores like Temt and Valleygirl are choc-a-block full with garments at very reasonable prices. 

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Handbag – Splurge Nothing says ‘class and style’ more than a great quality handbag. Buy the best you can afford. If you can only afford one, then get it in black, nude or tan, depending on which of those colours will go best with your wardrobe.

Costume Jewelry – Save Using colourful costume jewelry can really set off an outfit when used to enhance and highlight both your clothing and your curves. But, there’s no need to spend a lot of money – like on trend/seasonal pieces, costume jewelry styles change quickly. Colette by Colette Hayman and Lovisa are great places to shop for these pieces.

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How to Do Shoe Bling- Chic, Cheap and Cheerful!

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In a joint collaberation between craft blogger erynwithay and myself, we have taken two pairs of plain, patent leather shoes and craftily added some bits and pieces to bling them up.

We even produced a video!!

Well, actually, Eryn produced the video, but I’m in it.

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Here’s the link to the Day One of Shoe Week!

http://erynwithay.typepad.com/my-blog/2015/06/day-1-of-shoe-week-the-cats-eye-and-the-alternate-bow-shoe-bling.html