Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Even though I shared my winter capsule wardrobe last month and was planning on wearing that capsule until the end of March, the sudden news that we are moving has forced me to readjust my plans. For the next two years, my husband and I will be traveling around the country, moving from hotel to hotel, while living out of suitcases. This capsule is all I am bringing with me for that time with spring and summer ahead.

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 my upcoming adventures so easy and deciding what to bring took hardly any time at all – I already know what I like wearing and my closet only contains pieces I love and that work well together.

For a shorter trip – anywhere from a week to a month or two – I wouldn’t pack nearly this much. However, since this is all I will have access to for the next two years (with the occasional replacement and coat for next winter) I decided to pack a full 30 items so I’ll be able to rotate pieces to they don’t wear out as quickly.

Here’s what I am packing for the next two years in my travel capsule wardrobe…

5 tees
(Black v-neck – Everlane | Elle Est Forte tee – She Is Clothing | Salt & Light tee – WeekendUP | Sea You In California tee – California Limited |
 Chelsea Tee from Elegantees)

EDIT – Addition of Moon Cycles tee – United By Blue

4 blouses
(Button Tanks – old | Purple Floral Blouse – old from Land’s End | Chambray shirt – old)

Travel Capsule Wardrobe Sweaters

4 sweaters

Blarney Woollen Mills Fisherman Sweater – vintage | made in Ireland

Sweatshirt – Threads4Thought – secondhand from Poshmark
(sign up with code PNMUF for $10 credit)

Charcoal cardigan – old | Black cardigan – old

Travel Capsule Wardrobe J Crew Downtown Field Jacket

1 jacket
(J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket – secondhand from eBay)

3 pairs of jeans

(Skinny jeans –  ThredUp | Levi’s black skinny jeans – made in the USA | Bootcut jeans – old)

2 skirts – old

2 dresses
(Maxi dress – old |  Black wrap dress – PACT Apparel)

Travel Capsule Wardrobe Hats

2 hats
(Yellow 108 Eastwood Fedora | beanie – I made it)

Travel Capsule Wardrobe Shoes

4 pairs of shoes
(Sam Edelman Petty Booties | Converse Sneakers | Saltwater Sandals | Cole Haan Manhattan Ballet Flats)

3 bags
(Live FashionABLE Mamuye Tote | Fjallraven Kanken | Fossil Carson – secondhand from Poshmark)

Not counted in my 30 items, but I’m still bringing…

Activewear + Swimwear
(New Balance 990 Running Shoe – made in the USA)

Travel Capsule Wardrobe PJs

Pajamas + Loungewear
(Sudara Goods Punjammies – the comfiest pants ever! ethically made in India by women who have overcome sexual slavery – more on this amazing company here.)

Scarves

Wool Tartan – woven at a family mill in Scotland
This Too Shall Passport scarf – ModCloth
Sari scarf – made from the recycled silk from old saris
Black scarf – old
Chevron scarf – old
Striped Infinity Scarf – Etsy

In the future, I’ll be sharing pictures and tips on how I pack for suitcase living!

Interested in finding out more about capsule wardrobes?
Read my tips for how to get started.

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  • Wow, this is so cool and impressive! I have always been an over packer but then end up not wearing half the things I pack. I love your style and choices; they’re very easy to mix and match.

    • Thanks Lindsay! I used to be an over-packer too. When I was a teenager, I would check a bag for a week-long trip and it would just barely be under the weight limit. Now all my luggage is carry-on size and I feel so much freer. Being able to mix and match is key. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by!

  • Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I have so much unnecessary stuff even after I did a major purge this year! I love that fedora.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • This is so awesome, great job! I always over pack when I travel, and I at home my closets and drawers are overflowing…I really need to downsize and think through how I can make several different outfits with a much smaller amount of pieces. This post is giving me that little bit of inspiration to push me to actually go through my clothes and donate! haha

  • Fabulous! I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe for travel!

  • YUS. Love this. I’m planning a trip To Europe in a couple of months an this helped a lot!
    Also, I love the bunting!

  • Everything is so pretty! You have such amazing pieces!

  • Great capsule! Looks like some good choices!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Oh my word… two years. I feel like it’s just sinking in for me what you’re about to embark on! So crazy! So fun! I can’t wait to hear about it.

    Also, just noticed you are an INFJ… same as me. 🙂 I think we would be friends in real life.

    • Hello Karin! I’m always glad to meet another INFJ and I am sure that we would get along splendidly in person. Maybe if my travels take me to your part of the country… 😉 Thanks for your friendship and support!

  • Words cannot describe how impressed I am!!! 30 pieces I’m not sure I could go that long with 4 pairs of shoes lol I have worn 2 pairs today alone lol. All kidding aside I think it is great to take advantage of this while living out of suitcases nothing worse then having to pack up and move to the next place just to see that you don’t have enough room. Hats off to ya!!! Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  • Ruthie

    I love the idea of capsule wardrobes! I have so many unnecessary things!!

  • So impressive of you!
    I don’t know if I could do that.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • I love the capsule wardrobe. It’s a great way to visualize and keep you organized. I totally don’t know if I could limit myself to just that stuff for two years. Kudos to you for not over doing it.

    LiveLifeWell

  • I love, love, love capsule wardrobe posts! So fun to see the things you’d pack and makes me realize that I could definitely be simplifying my wardrobe! Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow, living out of a suitcase is hard but you have a great collection of pieces. I can’t wait to see all the different combos that you come up with.
    xoxo
    January
    http://www.thebouncyponytail.com/

  • Good luck with the constant moving around! I’m impressed with how organized you are!

  • Sarah Phillips

    Came to look at this a second time as I am going through the process of purging my wardrobe! It is so refreshing and this post is quite inspiring. Okay — enough dilly-dilly — back to it!! Great post, Cassandra! 🙂

  • Holy smokes – I cannot believe that you get to leave and travel for two years. You are seriously living out my inner gypsy dream!!! Please tell me that you will be blogging during your move and travels??

    PS. I am super captivated by the idea of making a wardrobe capsule and am reading your how to next. 🙂

  • Such a neat concept! I’d DEFINITELY need good chambray and a cute graphic tee, plus some great heels.

    Coming Up Roses

  • Congrats! Your next two years sound like a pretty amazing adventure 🙂 I’ve never made a capsule wardrobe, but I definitely think it’s a great way to really stick to wear what you like without being wasteful. I learned about fast fashion a few years ago, and I try to be very conscious about what a purchase, how often I purchase, and from which stores/brands. I’ve come to realize that I pretty much stick to a uniform of sorts – skinny jeans (or skinny chords), a black shirt (or sweater) and maybe a little something for color (like a cowl). Or I’m wearing running clothes. But that’s it! It’s really stopped my from those crazy wasteful impulse purchases from Target (my weakness). Great post! I hope you blog through your travel adventures. So many of us could live vicariously through you!

  • These look so comfy! Would wear all of this!

  • Love this! I’m a very minimalistic packer, so I enjoy seeing what other people pack on their trips. You’ve given me some ideas for my future trips!

  • Love your colours, these are definitely the colours I like. Happy travels.

  • Wow, great job! Putting together a capsule wardrobe for an extended time period is hard work. I’m currently about halfway through a year-long capsule wardrobe whilst my husband and I travel abroad full-time, and it’s been so freeing. I just made my first clothing purchase of the year– a new shirt– and it was crazy to think of how many little purchases I would have normally made in the previous six months if I’d been living at home. I do have to warn you, from personal experience, two years may be a bit long! Almost all my shirts will have holes by the end of this year from wearing them so often, and my workout shirt is already way beyond needing to be retired! haha. Then again, I don’t have as many pieces to rotate. Still, keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to switch out and refresh your wardrobe every so often! Being in the States will make that so much easier! If you’d like to see my current wardrobe, you can check it out here: http://goo.gl/6h95um

    • Hello Linda! First of all – I utterly adore your blog. It’s amazingly freeing to not make purchases especially knowing that you have no room to carry them with. It is causing me to focus on experiences and memories and not things. Thanks for the encouragement to stay flexible! I know that my tee shirts will get worn through and I’ll have to replace them. The number should stay pretty close to where it is now though. But yes – I am thankful to stay in the States so it won’t be as hard to replace something if I wear through it or to get minor damages fixed or shoes resoled. Thank you again! It was lovely to hear from you!

  • I love all of your clothes – good luck with the move!

  • I lived in 3 outfits for 3 months and I actually really loved it! I enjoyed simplicity but when I came home I was happy to have all my clothes back too!

  • Such a great capsule! I admire your ability to pack so light, especially for two years. Teach me your ways! haha.

    xoxo
    Autumn
    http://www.itsautumn.com

  • Love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I have yet to do it! Your pieces are all great, definitely ones that can be mixed and matched for endless options.

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  • Wow. I can’t believe you’ll be living out of a suitcase and in hotels for that long. Quite an adventure! You made some great choices. I love that J. Crew jacket…especially getting it on Ebay.

  • I can’t even imagine living out of a suitcase that long! Looks like you have a great capsule to get your threw though.

  • so first, this is rlly cool & i love the idea of traveling with all my heart.
    second, if you come anywhere near amarillo, i had better get a visit or i will bite you. 😉
    (and hey, if you come here, you won’t even need a hotel for the night. i have an air mattress. :P)

  • This is great! You can make a ton of outfits out of those, and they all intermatch. It sounds very cool what you’re doing. I wish we could take off for two years and live in all different places. What is allowing that to happen?

    • Hello Lana! Thanks for stopping by! We will actually be traveling for my husband’s job. He’s part of a program that will be sending us to different locations every few weeks so he’ll working full-time and the company he works for will be covering the costs of airfare, hotels, and other travel costs. We’re so excited!

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  • Samantha

    Hi! I’m so glad I found you! I have been using a capsule wardrobe for a year now, but was just accepted to do my master’s = 4 semesters in 4 different European countries, with breaks with family in the Middle East and Australia….which means 2 years in one suitcase encompassing all weathers from a Northern Norwegian winter to a Dubai summer! So, thanks for the tips!

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