Back to Basics: Create a Capsule Wardrobe For Lighter Travel This Summer

Most of us are guilty of overpacking when we go away, and if you love fashion it’s easy to get carried away with clothing. However if you want to keep things simple, avoid excess baggage costs or perhaps save space in your suitcase for purchases while you’re away, it makes sense to travel light. Here’s how you can create the perfect holiday capsule wardrobe.


Staple Clothing Items

Start off your capsule wardrobe by purchasing a couple of staple items. These will be the pieces that you will be wearing each day, they need to be relatively plain so they’re as versatile as possible. You want to be able to dress them up and down and wear them in a number of different styles- that way it feels like you have lots of different outfits without needing tons of clothing items. Take a simple white dress, for example, this could be worn with heels and a statement necklace at night, or with a floppy hat and sandals during the day. The same applies to a pair of black tailored shorts and a white vest top or a pair of pastel coloured jeans. Choose based on what you wear most often, it could be a mixture of a couple of different things. It could be a selection of amazing dresses or shorts/ trousers with tops. Just keep it to a minimum, the idea is that you can create lots of outfits from just a few key pieces.


Footwear is one of the best ways to dress an outfit up or down. Heels or smarter shoes will instantly make an outfit look more suitable for evening wear, but you don’t need lots of different types. One pair of heels, one pair of flip-flops and a comfy pair of pumps or trainers for daytime walking should do you just fine for a trip away. Choose footwear that goes with the clothing staples you’ve picked- if you go with black, white, neutrals or metallics these tend to go with most things.


Cover-ups are practical, even if you’re travelling to a hot country you still might get a chilly day. Plus it’s likely to cool down in the evening. On top of this, the jacket you wear can change up the look of an outfit and again dress it up or down. A dress is going to look much different with a blazer than it will with a lightweight cardigan for example. You probably won’t want to go with anything too heavy for a holiday, so go with white or pastel shades that will match the outfits you’ve picked.

Accessories and Jewellery

Finally, the accessories you put with an outfit can help you tailor it to whatever you’re doing. If you’re going out for the evening, some dangly earrings or a statement necklace will make what you have on look more dressy. For the daytime, some chunky beads or a colorful bracelet could work well. A sparkly clutch for a night out again will make an outfit look much different to a brightly coloured cross body bag in the daytime.


Have your own ideas? Feel free to share with us on social @WeRAddicted. Happy Summer travels!

Jessica Alexander

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