- First of all, while I love packing fancy statement dresses, they don’t have much “re-wear-ability” to them; that is to say, I wore my bright yellow dress on the day that I gave my paper, but then didn’t wear it again for the rest of the week. I have noticed that this is a bit of a problem with my version (dresses not separates) of the capsule wardrobe (which I discuss here!), but the problem is even more glaring in a travel scenario: while I have no problem wearing the same ten dresses (often!) for a three month period, wearing the same (bright) dress in one week at a conference surrounded by a small group of people is something I am not comfortable with.
- Another problem I encountered on my conference trip to Ottawa was that while the weather said it was going to be warm, it not only rained almost the whole trip (I was glad that I packed my raincoat trench), but the conference presentation rooms were freezing and the closest thing I had to a sweater was my blazigan, which meant that I ended up not wearing my cream Vero Moda blazer in favour of the slightly warmer material of the blazigan (regardless of whether or not it looked good with the rest of my outfit).
- Third, I was so focused on the conference aspect of my trip (5 of the 7 days) that I sort of forgot about the down time I had; this lead to me wearing my white Banana Republic dress on a casual shopping trip and my favourite pencil skirt on my Art Gallery adventure. These weren’t bad choices overall, but I would have been more comfortable doing extended walking in both cases had I packed something slightly more casual to wear.
- Finally, I packed lots of accessories because it was the beginning of my summer capsule and I was excited, but I ended up rewearing a couple key pieces and ultimately should have saved that packing space for a casual tee, or other needed piece.
So, for my Travel Capsule to Vancouver, for my second conference of the summer, I decided to pack a few more separates and dresses that could be styled differently to disguise the fact that I packed for a two week trip in one small carry-on bag, as well as more layering and casual choices, opting to leave the majority of my accessories at home.
To give a short overview, this trip was a business/leisure trip in which I flew Hali -> Van for a five day conference, then Van -> Cali to visit my friend C for a week. Basically, I knew that I was going to need to pack for two very different trips: conference wear and fun, casual wear. So, what did I end up packing?
- Pink tropical floral maxi from Only
- Turquoise bird-print dress
- Grey and white striped midi dress
- Red pencil skirt
- Joe Fresh butterfly print sleeveless blouse
- Floral romper
- Modcloth floral maxi
- Sunnydale tank
- Old Navy beige and white polka dot shorts
- Rainbow cover up
- Blue suede shoes
- Cream tassel loafers
- Black American Apparel leggings
- Blue and white pashmina
- White Vero Moda cardigan
- Thin yellow shirt
- Hobbit Breakfast tank
- Lulu shorts
- Swim suit
- my trusty Beastie Boys tee
Bam! It may seem like I packed quite a bit more than the eleven items I packed last travel capsule; however, I only packed four more items and made those items last twice as long!
So, I thought I would show a couple of the different ways that I wore each item.
First up is the most worn item that I packed: Pink tropical floral maxi from Only
While I basically styled the outfit the same each of the four times that I wore it (coral lipstick and earrings), it was a great addition to my travel capsule: it travelled well (wash and hang to dry) and transitioned different events (conference meet and greet, conference-end banquet/harbour cruise, California open-air shopping in Desert Hills, and Palm Springs/ Pioneer town touristy day) with ease.
My next most worn item was my grey and white striped midi dress
Again, I kept the styling similar for two of the three wears (coral and silver) but included it as one of the more usual items — because of its neutrality it made an excellent layering option for the chilly conference room days.
A close third would be the Turquoise bird-print dress
Although I only wore it twice, it transitioned from my Gothic literature conference to sunny Cali effortlessly and the colour palette allowed me to style it totally differently for both occassions (Kat von D’s dark, purpley lipstick for the conference and BITE’s lingonberry and floppy hat for California Temecula to Newport Beach, Pacific Coast Hwy roadtrip).
I also ended up purchasing these super cute shorts from JCrew which I wore three times:
Once with my Sunnydale tank for a casual Wild Westy taco run, once with my light yellow top, and once with this amazing top from I purchased at Kith, which really showed off the cool detailing on my bikini while doubling as a coverup. Again, the colours allowed me to style both dark and golden on respective days.
I also wore my two swim suits and beach coverup on repeat!
Things that I only wore once included: Joe Fresh butterfly print sleeveless blouse, floral romper (especially once my horrible kidney stones kicked in and I had to go to the washroom every 20 minutes — guys, rompers are hard to get in and out of!), my Modcloth floral maxi (I brought it along for fancy dinner purposes).
And finally, my travel outfit!
Have any of you tried the travel capsule? If so, what have you learned??