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europe wardrobe capsule

yesterday, i shared my five must-have travel wardrobe staples and my goal to pack light for our trip to europe. read it here if you missed that post. today, it’s all about my black and white capsule wardrobe. but first, here are a few items that make it into my carry-on. don’t ever pack anything other than clothes and toiletries in your checked luggage; anything of value is kept close. for this trip, i splurged and purchased a new marc jacobs floral print sport tote. it’s polyurethane and easily wiped down. it has two sets of handles – long and short – and a zipper. since my wardrobe color palette is black and white, i went for a pop of color and pattern with my handbag. an elegant michael kors wallet with a flip lock flap closure keeps me organized. but this is what typically finds its way inside my travel tote.

europe wardrobe capsule

a survival kit for the long airplane ride is a must. this is what i carry at all times, wherever I go. 

  • advil
  • hand sanitizer
  • lip balm 
  • zzzQuil melatonin gummies,
  • tide bleach pen
  • shout
  • eye drops
  • hand and face wipes 
  • not shown is a travel first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and gauze pads.

europe wardrobe capsule

europe wardrobe capsule

europe wardrobe capsule

gingham raincoat (similar here) | black blazer denim jacket

three jackets made the grade. with rain, in the forecast, a raincoat was a no-brainer. this gingham coat was lighter than a traditional trench, and it’s black and white. a blazer and denim jacket should get me by with temps in the seventies. plus, a blazer is perfect to wear to dinner in the evening.

europe wardrobe capsule

europe wardrobe capsule

henley dress | denim shirtdress (similar here)

two dresses were packed. the henley tee shirt dress is a dream to wear and looks cute with sneakers. it will be perfect when the temperatures reach the eighties. the denim shirtdress flies solo with black booties but pulls double-duty as a duster over jeans.

europe wardrobe capsule

 chinos toothpick jeans white denim

pants get the most wear and tear on trips as they’re worn multiple times. dark rinse denim hides a multitude of travel sins. but i have a tide bleach pen in case the white denim falls on hard times. chinos are comfortable. and black pants? what more can we say about pants that go with everything?

europe wardrobe capsule

 black pants

europe wardrobe capsule

floral maxi skirt white corset skirt

many of us would forego skirts. but i love to wear them especially when the temps climb into the seventies and eighties. this floral maxi skirt is lightweight, looks adorable, and will be perfect for evening. the white corset skirt looks fantastic with espadrilles or sneakers. i think it will be on style repeat all vacation long.

europe wardrobe capsule

black tee sold out (similar here) | gray tee white tee

europe wardrobe capsule

 stripe tunic polka dot ruffle gingham camp shirtchambray shirt | sleeveless white blouse

the rule of thumb is two tops to one bottom. counting my tees i have ten. but one more shirt can potentially make it into my suitcase. what do you think?  i just might be fine with the chosen blouses.

europe wardrobe capsule

 silk white ruffle striped mock neck tee

europe wardrobe capsule

navy v-neck sweater black cardigan

europe wardrobe capsule

sneakers | espadrilles backless loafers black booties metallic sandals

there may be one too many pairs of shoes for this trip. but the sneakers are worn on the plane. and mr. style might bail me out and pack one pair in his suitcase… all-in-all i think i’m ready to jet off to paris tomorrow night. what do you think?

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