Holiday Capsule Wardrobe Examples

If you read my Friday Bulletin you will know that I have been busy over the last few weeks with client’s holiday capsule wardrobes. As you are likely to be thinking about what to pack if you have a holiday planned I thought you might find it useful to see some examples from those I have created with some background information about why I have included certain pieces. In each case I haven’t included all of the outfits because this post would have become far to long but you should get a good idea. All but one of these clients has a warm skin undertone so the colour schemes are similar but there are plenty of peaches, corals and greens in the shops this summer so those of us with warm skin tones are lucky.

A holiday capsule wardrobe for Florida

This was part of a larger seasonal wardrobe so many of the items cross over from her smart casual home wear to holiday and hence quite a few shoes. The intention isn’t necessarily to take all of them but to choose which ones she prefers.

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The colour scheme for the capsule has neutrals of Navy and Royal Blue and accents of Poppy, Azure and Emerald Green.

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With a need to be practical but still chic and comfortable in the heat I chose light weight and natural fabrics and layers for air conditioned buildings.

For accessories there are small cross body bags to keep hands free and my favourite travel tote,¬†the Longchamp Le Pliage (I have had one for years and it comes out for every holiday and still looks good – comes in lots of colours) It’s made from canvas with leather trim and is incredibly strong and hard wearing. Use it for travel and later on the beach or for shopping trips.

A Holiday Capsule Wardrobe for Sightseeing and Relaxing with mild but not hot weather

This capsule was for Spain in the Spring but would work anywhere the weather is dry but not too hot. With sightseeing and leisurely evening meals it needed to be smart casual without being too formal. With comfortable shoes for sightseeing during the daytime.

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The colour scheme had neutrals of Chocolate, Camel, Soft White and Rosewood with accents of Salmon, Primrose and Lime.

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All 3 cardigans are interchangeable with the dress, trousers and skirts and the plain tops work with both skirts and the chinos.

Again layers come in useful here with lightweight cotton tops and cotton or viscose cardigans for the evenings or cooler days. Accessories like the necklace and scarf smarten outfits up. I chose this years top accessory colour tan for matching handbag and sandals and then added some metallic wedges for day and evening and a metallic cross body bag used for sightseeing or as an evening clutch.

A Holiday Capsule for the Italian Coast

This client prefers trousers although one dress and one skirt were also included. The weather is likely to be hot and as it is a smart location I chose her elegant separates with accessories that give a chic finishing touch.

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Neutrals this time are Ivory, Cement, Charcoal Blue and Navy with accents of Salmon, Coral, Lemon, Lime and Cypress.

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For the day there are cotton chinos and linen trousers as well as the Charcoal Blue crepe trousers and skirt which also double up for the evening.

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I’ve chosen Salmon wedge shoes and matching bag for the evenings as they are smart but not too high and block heels for comfort in the navy and gold sandals. Again here metallic accessories work well because they add that touch of glamour but go with everything. Packing a few pieces of jewellery finishes off the outfits and they take up minimal space in your packing.

A Holiday Capsule Wardrobe for a Cruise with informal evenings

This client wanted smart casual outfits for trips ashore and informal evenings as well as one or two smarter outfits for a celebration evening meal that could be worn to a race meeting later.

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This colour scheme again has Navy, Cream and Soft White as the neutrals and Salmon and Coral accents but with Light Aqua and Aqua as new accents.

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Holiday Capsule wardrobe example

Low heeled shoes were a requirement so I’ve chosen kitten and block heels which are more comfortable and a pair of chic trainer style shoes to wear for shore excursions. The cream bag is the same as the green version in the first capsule (it also comes in a pretty pink) – it’s by Village England who very kindly sent me a Khaki version last year and is the perfect size for all your essentials without being too bulky.

A Holiday Capsule Wardrobe for a Cruise

This time there was no requirement for shore outfits as specialist clothing was required. However, the evenings dictated “chic leisurewear, dresses and pant suits”.

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The colour scheme has Ivory and Taupe as neutrals with accents of Salmon, Coral, Amber, Lemon and Buttercup.

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For this one I went with a couple of dresses (the second was a yellow mix) and a variety of mix and match separates. The Ivory wide leg trousers are a beautifully cut DVF pair which are instantly dressy with a mix of silk tops. I chose interesting patterns and prints for the tops as most of the evening will be spent sitting so the focus is more on the top half of the body. Two pairs of heels and two clutches go with everything and interesting jewellery adds the finishing touch.

I hope that has helped with ideas for your holiday capsule wardrobe but should you need some help I would love to create one for you. You can order your capsule wardrobe here.



  1. Ginger
    June 5, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I just came back to these lovely ideas. I really feel discouraged. Why? I am 67. I have a body sinking south with flabby upper arms and sagging inner thighs. My front silhouette is a figure 8, but is tending toward O. Are there ideas that will work to give me dignity, grace, and style. BYW, I have had clear bright coloring all my life with nearly black hair and blue eyes. I am becoming Helen Mirren’s coloring with silver gray hair.

    • Maria
      June 5, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Hi Ginger. Thank you for your comment, I’m sorry you are discouraged – I do understand, we all have days when nothing seems to fit or look right! It sounds like you are curvy and I would recommend fluid fabrics and kaftan style tops like the outfits for the Italian holiday shown above. Look for waterfall style cardigans and jackets and if you wear a looser top choose straight leg trousers to balance. Choose fabrics like silk and crepe to give you that dignity and grace you are looking for. With your colouring the Bright and Cool palettes work in a similar way both need contrast so if you wear navy add a pop of bright colour like fuchsia or a light icy pink or blue. Greys also look great with cool colouring, add red, sea greens or pinks. I hope that helps.