A few years ago I coerced Mrs. Hacks into posting about her approach for packing for an international trip.   Pat’s approach was to bring basics that could easily be mixed and matched, as well as accessorized.  This is the essence of the capsule wardrobe; here’s a brief summary from Wikipedia (click on the preceding link for the full article):

‘Capsule wardrobe’ is a term coined by Susie Faux, who was and is the owner of London boutique ‘Wardrobe’, in the 1970s. She considers that a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers and coats, which can then be up-dated with seasonal pieces.This idea was popularised by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.

Yesterday I happened upon two sites which feature numerous posts about this approach, and thought they might be useful to our female readers.  The first is The Vivienne Files.  Here are a few images from a recent post entitled “How to wear an olive v-neck sweater:”

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Sweater – Joseph, earrings – Astley Clarke, scarves – Hermes, jeans – Ralph Lauren, boots –  Officine,  earrings – Miguel Ases, khakis – Vince, loafers – Gravati

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Sweater – Burberry Brit, earrings – Hari Jewels, silk blouse – Dries van Noten, pants – Sportmax, lace overlay flats – Giuseppe Zanotti, opal earrings – Kimberly McDonald, shirt & skirt – Burberry, pumps – Frye

You can visit the site here:  The Vivienne Files

The second site is called Inside Out Style.  It’s full of fashion, beauty, and and wardrobe tips.   From a recent series of posts devoted to finding your best neutral colors based upon hair color (prices and links to retailers are provided) –

Inside Out Style - Blonde

See the site here:  Inside Out Style

I hope these sites are helpful to you!

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4 Comments on Fashion strategies and tips for women travelers

  1. reeder says:

    Some women may have run across Mai Tai’s scarf tying tutorials on youtube. She also has a great blog with capsule wardrobe.


  2. Adriano says:

    Good advice… I wish someone I know will come across (and start putting into practice) all this… ;-)


  3. Maggie says:

    I stick to colours that mix and match for my travels, and for “regular life”. It does makes things easier.

    There are some great ideas on the Vivienne Files for both travel and home that I will definitely use.

    Thanks for posting it.


    Maggie Reply:

    To add, the Vivienne Files has ideas that cross from casual to more dressy – a problem we often have to pack for when travelling.


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