how to plan your travel wardrobe | travel diary streets of Paris pt. 3

some of us are big planners.  some of us aren’t.  but knowing what to pack on vacation just means knowing what we’re doing on vacation.  seems obvious, right?  but how many of us have stood in front of a suitcase the night before a trip mentally trying to pair outfits with vacation activities?  whenever it’s time to pack for a trip, i seriously i) sit down and make a list of items i’m bringing; and ii) make sure they pair both functionally and fashionably with my activities planned. if i’m headed to the beach, then a swimsuit and coverup are on the list. if i’m going to walk the streets of Paris in style, then an outfit like the one i have on today is key:  a lightweight cashmere sweater, chic moto jacket (old, similar here), dark rinse denim, and crossbody handbag.

walking the streets of Paris

it has been such a pleasure to take you with me on my trip to France.  let’s recap where we’ve been this week.  on Sunday, i gave you packing tips and tricks. Monday was all about outfit versatility and reusability.  yesterday, we talked about the essential items to bring on your trip.  today, i want to bring all of those ideas together and focus on how to plan your travel wardrobe.  it’s not rocket science.  and nothing i say here will be particularly revelatory. but when building your travel wardrobe 

know where you’re going

are you headed to a maritime climate?  will it be unusually warm this time of year?  are there any local customs you’ll have to be mindful of?  these are the types of questions you should be asking yourself as you put together your travel wardrobe, as the answers could potentially impact the types of items you bring along.

know what you’re going to be doing  

will you be doing a lot of walking? will you be indoors most of the time?  will there be time to run back to the hotel (or cruise ship) to change?  do you need to dress up?  or dress down?  again, the answers to these questions will affect your wardrobe in a variety of ways.  

lightweight cashmere sweatercashmere sweater 2 | dark rinse denim | crossbody handbag

after i’ve answered these questions, if there’s one retailer that makes my life easy when it comes to one-stop shopping, it’s Nordstrom. what’s not to love about easy online shopping and free delivery when you’re pinched for time?  i even can order online and pick up my items at the store. it’s a win/win every time. and Nordstrom carries so many of my favorite brands like J.Crew, Everlane, Madewell, Halogen, Topshop, Tory Burch, Coach and so many more.

formal evening layout

i book-ended my riverboat cruise with two days in Paris.  junior style and i spent the day walking the streets, and my last evening, i headed back to the ship for a seven-course meal prepared by the chef on the cruise ship. love, love, love this feminine bow blouse from Halogen available exclusively at  Nordstrom. the black pants are also from the Halogen line, and they’re the perfect go-to pants for day or evening. add a pair of cap-toe pumps from Tory Burch convert my crossbody handbag from Coach into a clutch

yes, every single item came from Nordstrom. one-stop shopping makes life easier, especially when planning vacation attire.

lightweight cashmere sweatermoto jacket | dark rinse denim | crossbody handbag

St. Germaine district.

keeping with the past few days, i’m going to leave you with a collection of shots from my walking tour in Paris.  these are mainly from the St. Germain district. 

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  1. Ooh you make me eager to return! We’ll be there in a couple of weeks for our annual tradition of seeing the holiday windows of the Grands Magasins with friends – always a delight!

    Posted 10.30.19
  2. Sharon wrote:

    What a wonderful trip! I would love to see France one day. The blouse that you chose looks beautiful. I would have liked to have seen a picture of you wearing it. Thanks for all your work!

    Posted 10.30.19
  3. Cynthia Johnson wrote:

    Maybe I missed it, but did you say anything about what jewelry would constitute a capsule list for travel?

    Posted 10.30.19
  4. Susan wrote:

    Beth don’t you just love France! I love the little sidewalk cafes, everyone is jammed together and no one cares! It is just a totally different vibe than the US! Love your evening outfit, I own the TB shoes!

    Posted 10.30.19
  5. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Sounds like it was a great trip. I love people-watching. Fun to get pics of the locals. “Paris is always a good idea.”

    Posted 10.30.19
  6. Klandi wrote:

    Your platform loafers inspired me to get a pair ((though different, I needed another color). I thought maybe they’d look too chunky but they look fab! And they’re very comfortable, perfect for a walking vacation.

    Posted 10.30.19
  7. Karen Falk wrote:

    Truly lived following along on your trip and these posts related to packing, choosing a wardrobe etc.!! Love your slip on shoes here- they look super comfy for walking! 😊❤️

    Posted 10.30.19
  8. Regine wrote:

    Great post as always. Love looking at what everyone else wore in the St. Germaine pics. Like the two in dark stockings/short boots!

    Posted 10.30.19
  9. Debra wrote:

    Black leather jackets and Paris just go together! I am missing France and next year’s planned trip seems so far away…thank you for posting.

    Posted 10.30.19
  10. alison j glapa wrote:

    Love your shoes! They not only look fabulous, but they seem comfortable. What brand are they?

    Posted 10.31.19

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