On my recent trip to Portland to visit my husband's neck of the woods, I vowed to keep my packing reasonable. My usual packing strategy? Throw stuff into the bag until it is full. How this usually ends up? Me arriving at the destination & then feeling like I have nothing appropriate to wear!
So this time, I planned ahead (radical thought!). I was mindful of each piece, & how they would work together. I knew that for our 7 day visit I had to be ready to be dressed for many different occasions - a day trip to Seattle, trekking around Mt. Hood, visiting the Oregon Coast, beer tasting in Bend, & casual evenings at home with my in-laws.
Instead of throwing in random pieces, I pulled some of my favorite items from my closet (chambray shirt, white jeans, punch of color swing dress) & started making outfits - jotting the different combinations down on a post-it note (I like to make lists, and lists of my lists). For the 7 day trip, I wanted to have options, & ending up with 12 potential outfits felt right for me. The pieces that just didn't go with many other things, went back into the closet, & the ones that had high remix-ability went into the bag. I wasn't going for over the top fashion-statement making outfits, but focused on packing just what I needed, & eliminating the stress of WHAT TO WEAR when I arrived - it is supposed to be vacation after all!
You can check out what I put together for my Portland Packing Capsule, & see all of the outfits below (I'm sure there are still more combinations that I didn't even document, but these are the ones that I ended up wearing).
For the 7 day trip I packed 10 foundation pieces (tops, bottoms, dresses) + 3 bags + 3 pairs of shoes + accessories. Everything fit into a carry-on rolling bag, & I carried the large leather tote bag with the red cross body bag inside as my other personal carryon item.
Stay tuned for a breakdown of some of these looks & shop all of the capsule pieces below (most of the J.Crew & Old Navy pieces are on sale now!):