When I packed up my first travel capsule wardrobe, I thought I had everything figured out. I thought I had planned so well. Boy, was I wrong. Not only have I sent numerous items back to storage, but I’ve had to make several purchases along the way to fill gaps that I hadn’t known were there. Guess what I forgot to take into account?
Summer in the South.
If you look at my first travel capsule wardrobe, you’ll notice the absence of items ideal for 90+ degree heat in the sticky Southern humidity. After spending May through June in South Carolina and now that I am gearing up to be in Kentucky through the end of August, I’m glad I was flexible enough to make these adjustments.
In case you are new here and don’t already know, my husband and I are currently traveling around the country, moving from hotel to hotel, while living out of suitcases. This capsule is all I am bringing with me in my suitcase. My capsule wardrobe story started almost a year ago and since getting started with my capsule wardrobes there has been no looking back. It has made packing for this adventure so easy and deciding what to bring took hardly no time at all – I already knew what I like wearing and my closet only contained pieces I loved and that work well together.
Discoveries for this updated summer capsule wardrobe include… I didn’t want to wear my dresses. So I sent them both back and haven’t missed them. Also, didn’t wear my scarves or my lovely thick Irish Fisherman Sweater. I’ll wait to enjoy them on cold days after we settle. Two pairs of jeans were enough (because I loathe wearing jeans in the summer) but I needed a pair of versatile and multipurpose black pants. I chose the Halle Zion pant from prAna because they are ethically made and can pass for dress pants (kinda) but they are geared for hiking, travel, and adventure. They roll-up to capris, and they stretch and dry quickly which was exactly what I needed for these days on the road. Other edits include the addition of my Birkenstocks and Chcaos (because my arches need support and I want to show my feet some love this summer) and the switching out of random t-shirts.
When autumn comes, I am anticipating the addition of a lovely flannel plaid overshirt and possibly a maxi dress. We’ll see how I’m feeling when that time comes.
Here’s what I’ve included in my Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe…
(Black v-neck tee – Everlane | Moon Cycles tee – United By Blue | Weekend tee – Weekend Tee Co. | Orange Crush tee – Camp Brand Goods | Everyday tee – Indy Brand | Elle Est Forte tee – She Is Clothing | Zion National Park tee – Huckberry | Tanks – Jordandene)
(Button tank – old | Purple Floral blouse – old | Chambray shirt – old)
Sweatshirt – Threads4Thought – secondhand from Poshmark
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Charcoal cardigan – old | Black cardigan – old
(J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket – secondhand from eBay)
2 pairs of shorts
(Eddie Bauer Canvas shorts & Denim shorts – secondhand from Poshmark)
2 skirts – old
Activewear + Swimwear
(Under Armour workout tee – old | Eat Your Greens tank – etsy | Nike Tempo shorts – secondhand from Poshmark | Black capris – old | Tank + Sports Bra – Kiava Clothing | Garden Isle Swimsuit – Albion Fit |
New Balance 990 Running Shoe – made in the USA )
(Wool Tartan shawl– woven at a family mill in Scotland | This Too Shall Passport scarf – ModCloth |
Black scarf – old)
In the future, I’ll be sharing pictures and tips on how I pack for suitcase living!
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