I'm planning on taking only one carry on sized bag and actually intend to carry it on my flight over to Europe. I'm flying Malaysia Airlines, so that means keeping it to below their 7kg limit. I should manage it.
My wardrobe looks like this:
As you can see, the colour scheme I have gone for includes a coral/red colour. I based it around the red leather jacket I already own which is a little bit pinker than the one I found on polyvore. You get the idea though. I love my leather jacket for it's warm and cooling abilities (always seems to be the rigth temperature adjuster) plus it's water resistant so it should cover me for small showers. Rather than take a full on rain jacket, I intend to buy an umbrella over there if it looks like rain.
The rest of the wardrobe includes:
Three tank tops (coral, black and white) bought from Jeans West and Target (no links because you can find similar anywhere).
Three scarves, the grey and black are jersey knit scarves from Target. I love jersey scarfs because they are so soft and blanket like. The other one I picked up at a junk-style shop and is more pashmina style, it's just the perfect colour match.
[I'm not a fancy scarf wearer, I'm a practical one and these babies double as sarongs/blankets/towels etc. Also great for sun protection, or a sun shade in the car and I will be using these to cover my shoulders/knees when entering churches etc. in Europe as well. I have no issues taking three even with my reduced baggage, I'll wear all three on the plane if I have too (I'll end up using them as blankets anyway!). Though I'm not into Hermes scarves tied in fancy knots, I have been looking at my options and love this video by Wendy's Lookbook. Definitely a few I can try.]
A little black dress. The one I have is from ASOS (see it here) and reasonably cheap. It's made from a viscose/elastane blend. More on this later. I also have a skirt and a pair of shorts (that are more cullottes) from ASOS. Again, both viscose. If I really wanted to cut down further, I could probably cull the dress and pair the black tank with the skirt instead, but I'm not. I like the dress and I like the way it makes me feel, plus sometimes you just don't want a waist band.
Two buttoned shirts, colours a little different to what I've shown but basically sand and grey. The only part of my travel wardrobe that doesn't 'match' but I won't be wearing them together so it should work okay. I think I got these from Valley Girl and again, not very expensive. Also again, has a viscose blend. These shirts are great, they have sleeves that can be rolled up and buttoned at the elbows so they can be worn long or short. I can also wear them open over a tank, or open belted over a tank, or belted or just tucked in or tied up over a tank..lots of options there.
Accessories wise, I have a thick stretchy black belt and colourful necklace (that matches obviously!) and a few other little bits and pieces (cheap gold bangle, possible long dangly necklace etc.). The belt will be handy to dress up the cheap shirt/shorts when I have tucked in one of the tanks, or for belting the buttoned shirts.
So that only leaves shoes. The ones I'm taking differ quite a bit from what I've shown. First up, pump wedges actually look like this:
My sandal wedges look like this:
So I think that covers what I'm taking, just for fun (and since I was on Polyvore) I put together a few outfit ideas:
This is the sort of outfit I'll wear on a cold day (or on the plane), tights, dress, buttoned shirt, jacket and enclosed wedges. Actually on the plane I probably will have all three scarves on.
I'm also taking a grey, cross body camera bag (more on that in another post) that I will probably have with me everywhere, so I should consider that a part of all my outfits too.
I have been wondering how many outfits I could put together using this wardrobe, any guesses?
Excluding shoes and accessories (inc. the scarves), I have four outfits for the dress (jacket, each of the shirts and plain) and eleven each for the skirt and shorts (three tanks, two shirts, then each of the shirts with each of the tanks). That's not counting wearing the buttoned shirts open or tied or with a belt or including the jacket (though I probably won't team the coral tank or scarf together or with the jacket).
So with some rough calcs that comes to somewhere around the 220-250 mark, not counting wearing alternating shoes...or the tights, forgot about them. So I can proably safely assume I could wear close to 500 slightly different outfits from this wardrobe?
I'm only gone 40 days...