Beauty & Fashion

Women’s capsule wardrobe for travel

Whether you’re traveling overseas or closer to home, a well-planned travel wardrobe that balances practicality and style will make your trip more enjoyable. In an earlier post, I shared some navy basics to use as a foundation to build from. But for most of us, navy alone would get boring pretty quickly. So I’ll be sharing some ideas to add color to your navy capsule wardrobe, starting today with pink and lilac.

A navy-based travel capsule wardrobe

I started with navy, as it’s a more forgiving color than black, yet can look just as sophisticated. And it’s easy to combine with other neutrals and colors from any seasonal palette. To review, here’s the 6-piece navy “starter kit” capsule wardrobe:

Even with just these few pieces, you could create several outfits. But let’s add some color and see what happens…

Color add-ons: grey, pink, and lilac

For this set, I chose to add a second neutral (grey), and pink and lilac color accents. This palette would work well for Summers, or anyone who prefers soft, cool colors. All of these pieces should pack and travel well, and can be layered.

(If you’re headed to a warmer destination, you can always sub out short-sleeve or sleeveless tees for the long-sleeve ones. And replace 1 or 2 of the sweaters with shirts or blouses.)

Even with just these few add-ons, you could probably create dozens of outfits. Here are just a few ideas…

Travel outfits

I’ve included both sneakers and loafers in this capsule, but whatever shoes are most comfortable for you will work here. ICYMI, here are my top picks for spring and summer travel shoes.

I love cardigans for layering, as they can be worn multiple ways, or even tied over the shoulders when the day warms up.

A bag that can be carried in-hand or worn cross-body will go from day to evening with ease. Look for styles that are lightweight, and close securely.

I always pack a few scarves in varying sizes, weights and patterns. They take up almost no space in my luggage, and really help add color, variety, and interest to travel outfits.

As you can see, even just these few pieces can provide lots of outfit options. I didn’t include outerwear in this grouping, but will in a future post. And I’ll be sharing a travel wardrobe of my own soon…be sure you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss it. 🧳 ✈️

In the meantime, do visit my Travel Wardrobe Hub for more packing tips and travel outfit ideas.

What colors would you pack with a navy capsule wardrobe?

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