June 21, 2012 § 2 Comments
Yes. The whole trip fits in that tote and since your toiletries have to be microscopic to make it through security (we only pack carry-ons) then that’s your entire luggage suite. Yay!
Before we unzip and look inside, I must say that Megan‘s cute belt at lunch today reminded me that, like gold, leopard print, is another that works with both black and brown, and while it is all the rage right now, I’d argue a few leopard print accessories are pretty classic and worth investing in. Like black patent, a leopard print belt|clutch|flats one|or|all of the above is another combination that can dress up any day outfit for an evening dinner.
A version of the important staples are still included: a white cardigan, a day to night black blouse, black flats, brown flats, brown belt, solid color cotton Ts, day to night colored bottoms, a dress and an interesting scarf that coordinates with multiple bottoms and all the accessories.
New for this trip, I packed a gold clutch and flats to dress up any of these combinations. Because, remember gold is the new black. Also, I like the gray shirt I packed this time because gray is another great neutral with a little youthful edge that can go with both brown and black. I didn’t even pair it with it, but as you can see from the above image, it would go great with that black and white skirt. The black cardigan takes the place of the black scarf packed in the last suitcase, and the dark Longchamp Le Pliage tote with brown handles actually is more versatile with all the shoes and belts than the brown leather bag in the first suitcase. Plus -for good reason- it’s pretty much a classic international travel staple. Looove it. Too much. Anyway, with all of these interesting but still fairly basic bottoms, you have as many endless possibilities as you have solid shirts! Especiallyif you have earrings and scarves that coordinate with your bottoms, then your tops can change out with no problem.
Let’s see what we can do with our loot.
Really a few more shirts, white shirts with some detail, an orange shirt, a simple black ribbed tank top would not only endlessly increase the options but unlike bags (exceptforthefoldableLePliage), shoes, bottoms and even scarves, they take up no space in your suitcase. Like I said before, find a place whose simple Ts you like, and go stock up on Ts and tanks in every color.
While you’re stocking up, grab a couple of those totes in both large and small in every color. For me.
So. Recap. Basics, Basics, Basics. Find yourself some good staples and treat them well. Take care of that black cardigan, all your blacks and navys for that matter. Always wash them in cold and consider not drying them if you can help it, especially knits. I typically let my black and navy stuff air dry and toss them at the end of a cycle on warm to toss out wrinkles and help them retain their shape.
Day to night bottoms
Accessories that match and coordinate with things.
Oh! and don’t forget to wear all your bulky stuff and biggest shoes on the airplane! More room in your little tote for belts and jewelry and you’ll need a sweater and a scarf on top anyway to make it through all those temperature changes.