So the heat is on, not only in LA, but also in Northern California. My lovely visions of crisp fall weather have melted under predictions of 90+F temperatures for at least the early part of the week in Napa Valley. That's during the days...nights are supposed to drop back down into the 50's. Which means I've had to drastically rethink my assumptions about what I'm going to pack.
Aside from the day-to-night temperature differentials, over the six day trip I also have to prepare for venues and activities ranging from very casual to slightly dressy. We have a couple of dinners scheduled that call for attire a notch (or two) above Nice Jeans. I'll also be attending my high school reunion south of San Francisco, and while it's being billed as casual, I don't want to show up looking like a schlub, or worse, like I'm trying too hard.
Last year about this time when I was preparing to visit Paris for a week, Karen showed me the Polyvore on the Floor™ method to put together a capsule wardrobe. This is such a helpful tool! What you see above is a work in progress, but aside from a tweak here and there, I think it's close. Laying everything out this way helps me to really see what goes with what, as I want to be able to mix and match as much as possible.
I started with the bottoms. For casual (hot weather) daytime
--1 pair white cotton capris
--1 pair beige cotton capris
For casual evenings--1 pair jeans
For dressy evenings
--Black knit pencil skirt
Tops:--1 rust linen jersey tee, 3/4 sleeve
--1 navy v-neck tee
--3 silk jersey tanks in taupe, grey and black. (I love these for travel not only because they are light and layer well, but also because I can wash them in the sink and they dry overnight.)
--1 navy linen jersey tank with some sequins around the neck
--Linen knit striped open cardigan (white, black, taupe)
--Lace knit cardigan in grey
--Cotton and silk lightweight 3/4 sleeve black jacket
--TBD casual cardigan/hoodie or jacket for early morning excursions or evening walks
(You may wonder why I'm bringing cardigans when it's going to be so warm. These are for evenings, but also because I tend to get chilled in air-conditioned interiors.)
--Beige walking sandals
--Black gladiator sandals
--Boots (for cooler evenings)
--Long strand irregular pearls
--Fleur-de-lis gold earrings
Bags (not pictured):
--LV Damier canvas cross body bag. Lightweight and durable, great for daytime activities.
--Small black bag for evening, probably the same Miu Miu I took to Paris last year.
All of these pieces will roll up so shouldn't take up much room in the suitcase, and none require pressing. I may swap out one or two items during the final assembly, but I'll still make sure each piece can coordinate with at least two others. Putting together le monsieur's travel wardrobe won't be quite this easy; he likes to take multiples of everything!
--the striped cardi, mostly because the holes in the arm are now noticeable.
--beige capris, fabric too heavy and discovered a stain I don't have time to remove.
--lightweight white cotton 5-pocket pants which can be rolled up.
--my leopard ankle boots.
--four of my lighter weight scarves
--featherweight cotton J.Crew 3/4 sleeve cardi in a mushroom color.
Do you have any tricks for putting together a capsule travel wardrobe?