This video was shot while I was on vacation, but it's about how I packed for my summer trips, and how I used a simple color scheme to create a cohesive mix-and-match travel wardrobe, with way more outfit options than I even needed, with very few items!
Basically, like I said, you want most of your pieces to be neutrals (whatever you consider to be neutral for yourself). One of those neutrals should be dark, and one should be light. Black and white are probably the first neutrals to come to mind, but here are a few others to consider as well:
- Charcoal grey
- Dark teal
- Plum/Dark purple
- Dark burgundy/maroon
- Olive green
- Pale pink/blush pink
- Light blue
- Metallic silver or light grey
- Metallic gold
There are so many other options besides black and white! "Neutral" doesn't have to mean basic and boring!
Secondly, make sure most of your basic, core pieces are "neutral" colors, with a pretty good mix of both light and dark neutrals. I had two of my pieces in a non-neutral color, but about 80% of my clothes were not.
Next, you want to pick TWO accent colors. Why two? Because it gives you options, and keeps your outfits from looking, well, CAPSULEY. A lot of capsule wardrobes are pretty freaking boring and flat in my opinion, largely in part to lacking color or anything visually interesting. When you look at capsule wardrobes on Pinterest, it's a boring bland see of black, white, grey, and beige. Zzzzzz....
So I always pick TWO accent colors. That doesn't mean I have to wear both at the same time with every outfit. But it means my outfits will ACTUALLY look different from each other (in capsule wardrobes, I have found that a lot of the outfits are nearly identical and don't really read as "different" visually).
I pick a MAIN ACCENT COLOR, and then a SUPPORTING ACCENT COLOR. The main accent color will dominate, and be featured in most of the accessories or clothing that aren't neutral, and the supporting accent color will be in a few of the items. I always try to find ONE accessory or garment that contains BOTH the main and supporting accent colors, to keep everything cohesive.
When it comes to which accent colors I choose, I make sure they are NOT too close together on the color wheel. For example, I wouldn't pack red and orange together as my accent colors, because honestly, they aren't different enough. But I'd pack red and blue, or green and orange, or purple and pink, and so forth.
Also, I don't worry about making sure that the main or supporting accent colors are all the same shade. Example: I picked orange as my main accent color, but the oranges I picked did not all need to be the exact same orange. And you can see that the supporting color, blue, were not all the same blue. I had turquoise, cobalt, and robin's egg blue all represented.
If your main and supporting colors are all the same shade, it can fall a bit flat. Granted, the oranges weren't very different from each other, but having different blues helped to fix that. An orange paired with turquoise can LOOK different from an orange paired cobalt, even if they are the same orange.
Also, like I said in the video, I focus less on the clothing, and MORE on the accessories when I pack. Packing a white shirt and 5 accessories will give you way more options than packing multiple shirts, with the added bonus that the accessories usually take up less space than clothes! (Unless they're shoes. Never pack more than 2 pairs of shoes in your suitcase, ever. Trust me on this).
In sum, don't be afraid to add color to your travel capsule! In fact, you SHOULD add color! After all, who doesn't take a kajillion photos while on vacation? You don't want to be in boring outfits in every single one of them.
Have a great weekend! Even though I did have to cancel the Texas trip, I am standing my ground about NOT missing the DYT event in Utah, so I'll be there no matter what, though I don't think I'll be packing lightly for that one! I will be changing my outfit 3 times per day for that event, but don't worry, I won't be packing a petticoat this time.... maybe.