Less than one week to go until Beth and I take off for Paris. The time to prepare kind of snuck up on me, to be honest. But, a capsule wardrobe will help me keep things straight; be less overwhelming, will help me to not overpack, and no matter how I mix and match my separates, I will have confidence and feel comfortable in my outfits. So what am I packing? Today, I'm sharing my Paris capsule wardrobe for petites.
Much like my Packing For a Beach Vacation post, I start with knowing what my activities will be: lots of walking, standing, and more walking, plenty of time spent sitting at cafes and one day-long cooking class. Checking the weather forecast will help a bit, but also, it’s not set in stone so I want to be prepared – but not overdo it. I want to think in layers.
For neutral fall tones, I am thinking black, brown or camel, olive green and grey. This neutral color palette will inform my outfit choices and allow me to pepper in a pop of color. Let’s start with bottoms and build out the rest from there.
Today, Kelly is sharing her Paris capsule wardrobe for petites
The capsule includes tops, bottoms, outerwear, shoes, and accessories
Each item is shoppable via text- and image-widgets
Make sure to check out the end of the post too! Kelly is sharing several outfits she's built from the capsule wardrobe
For my tops, I will bring a couple long sleeve cashmere sweaters, one in black and one in camel. A few plain cotton tee shirts to mix and match under my sweaters. I will also bring a couple cashmere tee shirts, one in a bright, punchy color that will go with my neutrals to mix things up a bit. Plus, two button up shirts; which are great on their own but also work for layering under a sweater. I am bringing one dressier top, similar to this one by Frame, but sleeveless. For a second dinner out option, I have a cable knit sweater with ruffled shoulders. It’s from last year, but here is a similar version: Ruffle Cable Knit Sweater. I will bring a sweater vest. I can wear it on its own, or over a tee or button up.
You will notice my capsule wardrobe is mostly made up of J.Crew pieces. This is because J.Crew is great at classic basics and polished separates that coordinate well with each other. This is the essence of a capsule wardrobe.
Because the weather forecast is showing a mix of weather, I am going in prepared with classic outerwear: a trench coat, a leather motorcycle jacket, a lightweight quilted coat and a black blazer. I am also bringing a sweater blazer.
I am going to try and keep my footwear and accessories simple. It is always hard for me to resist the urge to bring shoes just to have a variety of choices. My choice in footwear at home really depends a lot on my mood, so I hate to not have options when I travel.
A simple ballet flat is always a chic, classic and comfortable choice no matter my mood, so I am definitely packing my Everlane Day Glove flats. I am bringing my Converse high tops for comfortable walking shoes. For my dressy shoe, I am bringing the ultra comfortable black and white Rowan Penny Loafers. And because I may feel like wearing heels, I will bring the Cole Haan Vestry Bootie, which pretty much goes with anything and everything.
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 47, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
Kelly also has a food blog called Djalali Cooks, which you can find by clicking the world icon below.