Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

I’m heading off on holiday this year to an unknown destination (in case you are new – booked by hubby for my big birthday). I do know however, that we are flying so can’t take too much luggage and that it will be warm. We will also be eating out most nights and there will be a pool. So with those clues I’ve put together a one week holiday capsule wardrobe which I think(!) would work.

When you start organising your holiday packing it’s so easy to keep adding – how many times have you been on holiday and brought half of your clothes back home clean and unworn? I usually work around a base colour, one or two accents and some print. As I’ve mentioned in previous holiday posts I always pack jersey dresses including a maxi, 3 pairs of shoes (yes only 3) and at least 2 swimsuits but as these are small it’s always possible to add in a few more if you must.

In this example I’ve used black, red and white. Below are the pieces to pack and underneath what to wear for travel – not packed – and the first evening which is packed.

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Accessories are the perfect way to ring the changes with your outfits. I’ve included 3 necklaces, 2 clutch bags and a scarf. The jewellery could be packed into one of the clutch bags and they can both be padded out with your underwear so they aren’t squashed. If you find a scarf large enough it can be worn as a shawl for cooler evenings, to protect your shoulders from the sun and also as a sarong.

Travel and 1st evening:

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Day 2

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Day 3

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Day 4

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

It’s unlikely that I would spend every day beside the pool so this capsule incorporates pieces to wear for sightseeing and lunches out. If you spend more time by the pool or beach add in additional swimwear and maybe swap out one of the dresses.

Day 5

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Day 6

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Day 7

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

Final day and travel

holiday capsule wardrobe, what to pack

If you need more day outfits you could add in a pair of shorts or crop trousers in black or white and wear with the 2 kaftans for 2 more day outfits.

No complete outfit is worn twice and you could extend this to a second week with just a few more pieces maybe in another colour or print.

Are you heading off on holiday? If so have you organised a capsule wardrobe? If you need help check out the Mini capsule wardrobe service.

Where to buy:

Black swimsuit, Red spot Bikini, Black White animal print Kaftan, Red Broderie hem kaftan
White crop trousers, Black satin top, Red tie cardigan
Black Maxi dress, Red jersey dress, White linen dress
Jewellery from Stella and Dot, Black patent clutch bag, White clutch bag
Black suede sandalsicon, Flat gold sandalsicon, Star print scarf

Travel outfit:
iconBlack lace cardigan, Red top, Black/White print trousers, White/Red Sandals, Red Tote.