In case you’re new around here, organisation is my jam. I love a list more than most things in life and pride myself on being prepared for anything and everything I can be.
So, when it comes to packing for a holiday, it’ll come as no surprise that I find the whole process pretty enjoyable. The outfit planning, the folding, the fitting it into the smallest case possible, I love it all.
I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve travelled with anything more than hand luggage but, while I have a knack for squeezing a lot into a little case, I’m almost always over packed which is why I challenged myself to go even more minimal for my recent trip to Palma, taking no more than 10 items in my trusty Primark backpack which happens to be the best £12 I ever spent.
Here’s what my holiday capsule wardrobe consists of (actual or similar items linked):
- Black t-shirt
- White t-shirt
- Striped t-shirt
- Black linen shorts
- Patterned culottes
- Linen culottes
- Cropped camisole
- Polka dot jumpsuit
- Green jumpsuit
- Orange midi dress
In case you’re looking to create one that suits your style for an upcoming holiday, I thought I’d share my advice.
Stick to complimentary colours
My affliction for monochrome fashion is hardly a secret and it’s one of my biggest assets when it comes to creating capsule wardrobes. That doesn’t mean everything has to be black and white, just that the large majority of your pieces should complement each other when it comes to colour and/ or pattern.
Opt for simple shapes
The same goes for the cut of your clothes. If you want to create a wardrobe full of classic pieces that work together, stick to versatile ones. The odd stand-out piece is always nice to have, especially on holiday but in general, simple shapes work better when it comes to restyling them.
Look for day to night outfits
Can something we worn both day and night? This is something I consider when buying wardrobe items in general. If I can dress it down with trainers for a day’s exploring and up with heels or sandals in the evening, it’s a winner in my book.
Pack only what you know you’ll wear
How many times have you been on holiday, come back home, put the contents of your suitcase in the wash and realised you didn’t actually wear half of it? Me too. This time around, I’m only taking pieces I KNOW I’m going to wear. All of the above (weather dependent) I wear and love in England so I know I’ll do the same no matter where in the world I am.
This one might take a little longer and a few holidays to figure out but make a mental note of the pieces that never make it out of the suitcase and avoid including them in your future capsule wardrobe.
Have you experimented with creating a holiday capsule wardrobe?