The holidays are coming up, and that means you’re heading out of town to see family.
It also means you will pack a suitcase or two. Are you the kind of person who packs three weeks worth of clothes for trip that’s only a few days?
Yes? Then, read on, my friend.
Here in RGG-Land, we want you to free yourself from the hassle of extra bags. For one, it can be costly — airlines charge for bags. Two, it can be bothersome — your kid has to sit on your eight suitcases in the car. Or, three, and even worse, it’s dangerous — you have to lift your 1-million pound bag on top of the car. There goes the back.
Sheon the Stylist @SheonWilson can help. She can pack your bags, creating a capsule wardrobe, where you take a few pieces that can be restyled each day to make many outfits. (I am hiring her for my next big summer trip.) And that means, one suitcase.
I asked Sheon how she packs efficiently with a capsule wardrobe, so a traveler is not weighed down by a bunch of extra clothes. See our Q&A below and her five points for style on the road:
Q. What is the secret behind creating a good capsule wardrobe for a trip?
A. When you’re traveling, you’re out of your usual element, so looking pulled together is harder. Make it easy on yourself. Keep your travel wardrobe simple.
1. When I pack for clients, most of the pieces are neutral – blue, gray, denim, white, olive, tweed, or black are some choices – so they go together.
2. I pop in wild cards in a couple of colors that go together. For Thanksgiving weekend, tops in blues and reds, gold jewelry, a red scarf and animal print flats would jazz up dark basics and denim.
Q. What are the essentials a traveler needs?
A. 3. I would pack a few basics – pants, jeans, five tops, a dress or skirt, jacket, heels, flats, walking shoes and accessories – to make a week of outfits.
4. I pick clothes that fit well and the client likes to wear. You want to look pulled together and effortless, so try out that risky outfit another time.
Here is an example of a capsule wardrobe:
Q. How far in advance of your trip should you start packing?
A. 5. Packing is fast and easy once you have the pieces you need. Once you have your capsule wardrobe, you can pack the night before and sleep easy. If you don’t have a capsule wardrobe, get started now. Call me for a closet audit and personal shopping trip so you can get your own wardrobe capsule. www.sheonthestylist.com