Planning your outfits for your travel can be very time-consuming, not to mention, stressful. Sure, I am no fashionista, but our recent 35-day Eurotrip forced me to really plan my outfits.
I know some people who are so good at this – they have a calendar for their outfits. I, on the other hand, just like bringing enough clothes so I won’t have to do laundry (except in the US where I have relatives I can always bug for laundry time, hehe). But that’s because I usually travel for just a week or two. 35 days worth of different clothes EVERY SINGLE DAY would entail a very heavy, not travel-friendly pack.
And so, I sat down one whole day just editing, editing, editing!
I admit this list is still not the lightest you can go with. I can do away with a lot on this list, actually, but traveling abroad injects a little vanity in me (In the Philippines, I don’t dress up especially in off-the-beaten places cause people tend to look very laid back, so I also go for that look to avoid attracting attention). I don’t want to be caught looking like I’m climbing a mountain with my dri-fit clothes and convertible pants while wandering the streets of Paris. Haha. There’s a proper attire for everything, and even though shallow, I think it’s true that people also respond to the way you dress. I rest my case. Hahaha.
Sorry because it’s too much work to actually take photos of my own clothes, so I picked the closest to what I brought for the graphic I made above.
The result? It’s just really a matter of MIXING and MATCHING. Not once in 35 days did I have to wear the exact, same outfit. There was always something different – whether the scarf, or the shoes, etc. It’s amazing how your look can really change with just one key piece.
Our trip started with a cooler weather. We were witness to a rainy Paris, and a few days later, we were witnessing the start of summer. We went from blazer weather to I-want-to-be-naked-if-possible weather. It was unbelievably hot especially when we went down to Rome, Pompeii, and Capri. It came to a point when we would just go home and rest then go out later in the evening because the heat was just really draining, and yes, this is coming from someone who lives in the tropics! Then as we traveled back up to Switzerland, rains were in the forecast, which provided cooler weather (thank God!). By the time we got up to Amsterdam, it was fall-weather in summer according to our friend who lives there. So yeah, weather can be quite unpredictable even in summer, especially if you’re going around different countries. Best to be prepared and bring something for the cold and the warm.
(3) Totes – PACSAFE Tote (though heavy cause of all their safety tools, this was the perfect carry-all while in transit- it made me feel safer and less paranoid), Joan & Klaire Tote (what I would use during the day. It’s made of cloth so you can easily fold it and put inside a bigger bag, then take out and use when needed), Black Longchamp*
(6) Shoes – Knee-high boots, Sebago Tan Loafers, Foldable Tan Sandals, Off-white Sneakers (brand: Simple, purchased at a bazaar), Nine West Black Flats, Roman Sandals (purchased in Rome)
Sunnies – Salvatore Ferragamo (only brought one for the trip)
(10) Scarves – Many of you know this is my weakness. I brought about 8 pieces including some from Wear 1988 AD and The Wardrobe Official. I also bought 2 pieces in Europe (the one with coral print and pineapple print)
(1) Fedora – One hat can change the whole look. It can transform simple to chic. Even though I didn’t really put it on all the time, I had fun using it as a staple of my Europe pics. See THIS.
(5) Plain Dresses – white, black, navy blue. These pieces can be used as dresses, as skirts, etc.
(3) Button Down Polo Tops – Giordano White Top, Forever 21 Denim Top, Columbia Dri-fit Top
(2) Outerwear – Navy Blue Blazer from Cotton On, Army Jacket from the US (forgot the brand)
(6) Pants – Denim “Jeggings” (you can find similar at Uniqlo), Zara Army Green Pants, Black Leggings (Cotton On, 2 pcs), White Pants, Nike Cycling Shorts (for days when I’d wear a short skirt)
(5) Skirts – Long Denim Skirt, Long Beige&White Striped Skirt, Navy Blue and Black Skater Skirt from Cotton on, Dri-fit Short Skirt from Columbia
(9) Longsleeves and Sweaters – Black Longsleeved Top from Patagonia (dri-fit), Plain Sweaters from Uniqlo, Knit Sweater from Cotton On, Striped Tops
(2) Plain Tees – Navy Blue and Black (Forever 21)
(2) Sleeveless Tops – White and Black + Uniqlo’s Heat Tech Warmers (black)
(1) Pair of Pajamas
*For sleeping, I’d use either my pajamas, or my cycling shorts, or leggings, depending on what’s clean and/or the weather. I’d pair it up with a tee or sweater.
10 TIPS FOR YOUR WARDROBE PLANNING:
1) Since it was spring, I didn’t bring my thick warmers anymore. I just used leggings and my Patagonia Dri-fit top as the main warmers, and inserted Uniqlo’s Sleevless Heat Tech to add more warmth.
2) If you will really go around and walk around Europe, expect even your best shoes to look old and worn out. Just now, I am laughing looking at my black flats, cause it looks like it’s been bitten by a rat. The tan loafers I just bought prior to the trips looks older than the rest of my shoes. LOL 🙂
3) Bring sneakers! Even my comfortable flats and loafers were actually giving up on me on some days. That’s when I knew I’d have to switch to my trusty sneakers for a day or two, before I could walk on “more stylish” shoes again. Oh, and wear socks with the sneakers! That sounds so obvious, but because it’s more “in” to wear sneakers without socks, many don’t realize the value of socks. Really, they give extra comfort!
4) Review the weather forecast prior to going so you have an idea on what to bring more. More clothes for the rain? More tank tops? But like I said, weather can be quite unpredictable, so always be ready with another set of clothes. Oh and yeah, bring a chic umbrella! You’ll never know when rain is coming in spring and/or summer!
5) Invest in dri-fit clothes and incorporate them with more stylish pieces. They work wonders in the laundry room! You almost have to never wait for them to dry! I wish there were more stylish pieces in dri-fit fabric.
6) Bring a lot of BASICS so you can easily mix and match. Plain dresses, striped tees, classic shoes – then just dress them up with your outerwear/ accessories/ etc.
7) Roll your clothes that don’t really wrinkle (like dri-fit tops, pants, leggings). But for cotton, rolling won’t do, unless you’re going for the wrinkled-all-over look. This is where I found the packing bags most helpful. They literally save space without me having to roll all my clothes. You can purchase them HERE. I also brought a towel in case I’d need one but I brought the microfiber type so it wasn’t bulky to bring at all.
8) Bring a travel-sized blower not only to keep your hair “presentable”, but to also dry your clothes when they take too long to dry. I find blowers really useful in many ways. They keep me warm, too, especially when the weather is unbelievably cold. I just direct it on my feet and I instantly feel warmer.
9) Look for accommodation with FREE LAUNDRY. This is how we got to wash our clothes without having to pay lots of Euros each time. Oh, I brought my very own laundry soap, too! Very useful for undies.
10) It’s easy to dress up when you’re thin, cause everything just fits perfectly on you. If you’re chubby/fat like me, it can be a bit more challenging. So I would suggest you invest in brands that offer bigger sizes so you can find the right size for you, instead of trying to fit in those FREE SIZE clothes. Stick to basics and invest in beautiful accessories. When you have the confidence, you won’t look awkward or trying hard at all. 🙂
PS: I no longer included the 3 days in this series because the 2 days (separate) were spent just really resting in our accommodation, so I was just in my jammies, and the last day was spent wearing a dress I I left along with a few other clothes with a friend in Paris before we set out traveling to other European countries. My husband and I arrived in two separate luggages but decided against it when we realized it would be very hard to commute with 2 huge suitcases, so we repacked and left one behind. 😛