How to vary your look with a travel capsule wardrobe
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If you love to book spontaneous trips or jet off to exotic climes, you’ll understand the importance of packing light. If you’re a globetrotter who loves to take regular holidays, or you travel frequently for work, putting together a travel capsule wardrobe is critical for avoiding excess baggage charges. Here are some tips and tricks to help you vary your look with a limited wardrobe.
Buying versatile items
One of the most crucial commandments to bear in mind when developing a capsule wardrobe for your travels is buying versatile items as you’ll need to pack only what you need. Look for basics you can take from day to night and items you can layer to cater for all weather conditions – essential when you’re world travelling. If you’re planning a city break, for example, throw-on maxi skirts and dresses are ideal, as you can dress them up or down for lazy lunches in the sun, sightseeing or a nice dinner in the evening. It’s also a great idea to think carefully about colours when you’re shopping. Opt for neutral colours and tones and shades that complement each other. If your wardrobe looks a little mundane with plenty of white, grey and black, don’t worry. You can add colour with accessories.
A pair of skinny jeans and ballet flats should be on anyone’s travel capsule wardrobe packing list as these are super versatile, can be worn day and night and are comfy enough to travel in as well.
Paying attention to detail
If you have a limited selection of clothes with you, it’s critical to pay attention to detail. You can use accessories and finishing touches to create unique looks for every occasion. If you have piercings, you’re a fan of bags, or you love to wear necklaces or rings, you can celebrate your style and diversify your wardrobe by focusing on the accents. If you are wearing a black jersey maxi dress, for example, you can use bags, shoes, jewellery and hats and hair accessories to build a host of different ensembles. From flip-flops, bangles and a straw hat for a drink by the pool to wedges, a chic belt and a clutch for dinner, you can alter your look in a matter of minutes.
Adding seasonal statements
Once you have a basic wardrobe for different types of trips, like city breaks or beach holidays, you can expand your wardrobe gradually to accommodate new trends and seasonal looks. Rather than shopping for brand new outfits for every day of your holiday, revamp your existing pieces and add a couple of fresh looks by investing in a small number of statement pieces which you can mix and match with your basics. If you’re travelling to Paris or Barcelona in the autumn, for example, you might want to buy a stylish camel, grey or red mac to throw over t-shirts, jumpers and jeans. For a trip to a glamorous beach resort in the height of summer, you can revamp your poolside style with a distinctive kaftan or add interest to evening getups with embellished, coloured or patterned sandals.
When the weather’s going to be warm, you’ll want floaty dresses and then a denim jacket to throw over the top when it gets cooler in the evenings. You can also layer up with this to fly in, so that it doesn’t take up coveted room in your hand luggage.
If you’re always on the go with your job or you love to travel, it can be difficult to create diverse looks with a small suitcase. The key lies in putting together a capsule wardrobe, buying versatile pieces and using seasonal statements and accessories and finishing touches to inject creativity and flair.