How to coordinate outfits for travel (for warm weather travel)
In the first part of this blog series, I showed you how to pack for Europe for 2 weeks and shared my process for packing light and and only take one suitcase. I received requests to explain how to coordinate outfits for travel with what I packed. Even though I don’t have pictures of everything, I want to share how I created and coordinated outfits! Be sure to check out Part 1 – in this series – How to pack for Europe for 2 weeks – what I packed, what worked, what didn’t and what I learn. Below is a quick review of what I packed (updated with colors of the items):
What I packed for Europe for 2 weeks (Watch the video of me packing here)
- 2 pairs shoes – black wedge sandals and tan Danskos (closed toe, open back and more below on these)
- 4 tank tops – black linen, purchased a new one also navy but could be worn by itself, plus two layering tank tops in taupe and navy
- 2 skirts – linen and denim
- 1 pair jeans
- 1 pair red ankle pants (added these after I recorded video)
- 1 pair white culottes
- 1 maxi dress
- 2 short sleeve tops- silk taupe with floral pattern and black funnel neck
- 1 three-quarter sleeve top – black striped (added this after I recorded video)
- 2 jackets – in black knit and denim
- 1 short sleeve navy sweater
- 1 oatmeal colored wrap
- 1 outfit for lounging in the hotel/apartment (leggings, tank top, long sleeve wrap)
How to coordinate outfits for travel
Other than the dress, everything I packed went with two to three other items. The other criteria for these clothes was that they were in the same color family. While I did break this rule a bit, the majority of what I packed went with everything else I packed. Some things I didn’t wear together include the taupe colored silk shirt with white palazzo pants. Nor did I wear my navy sweater with my linen skirt- it would have looked out of proportion. But I had very few limitations on what I could wear together and that is key.
*Important notes: If you are creating outfits with items you have not worn together before, be sure to try them on first! You don’t want to wait until you are on vacation that the items don’t work together or you need a belt, etc. Also, if you are someone who works out – be sure to ask yourself (and answer honestly) if you will be working out while traveling. When I am on vacation, I do a ton of walking so that is my workout. If you will be working out, you need to be extra efficient because you will need space for workout shoes and clothes.
Outfits I coordinated include:
Jeans -> primarily worn for travels days and paired with wrap over tank top for travel, upon arrival to Venice, I added a sweater over the tank top, also paired with one of the short sleeve tops
Red ankle pants -> worn with both short sleeve tops, multiple times (photos below) plus navy sweater
Denim skirt -> worn with 3 tank tops (black linen, navy and knit when hiking), also worn with one of the short sleeve tops (photo below). Another reason for the wrap other than comfort when traveling on the plane was that it covered my arms and shoulders in the sun so added bonus of sun protection.
White culottes -> worn with black linen tank top, navy tank top and layered with jackets as needed (photo below)
Linen skirt -> worn with three quarter sleeve top, plus black short sleeve top (see photo below) as well as tank tops
Maxi dress-> chosen for the colors- would pair with black sandals plus both of the jackets I packed. Worn for travel days and walking around Florence in the heat.
Layering is key!!
I brought two lightweight jackets – one black knit and the other a light weight denim. They went with everything I packed and were perfect for cool nights. The reason I packed so many tank tops plus a few short sleeve tops is that knew with the jackets, I would be comfortable. Also, some churches do not allow you to enter with bare shoulders so I made sure I was either wearing a short sleeve top or had the jacket available for layering. I highly recommend taking this approach. Another option is to wear a lightweight scarf to cover your shoulders. I always pack one scarf even in warmer months to wrap around my shoulders, to use as a scarf or even to sit on when visiting a beach. They serve many purposes.