The time when I look at my clothes closet
and wonder how I can simplify my wardrobe.
What can I purge? What should I keep?
I don't need many clothes for my casual retirement lifestyle.
Looking tidy, age appropriate, but not frumpy, are my priorities when it comes to putting an outfit together.
With a couple of trips on the horizon I am looking at pieces that will pack well and be versatile.
My wardrobe is basically black and grey so everything can mix and match...which makes for many more possible outfits with fewer items.
The one thing that I would like to find is a trench style coat, single breasted in a charcoal or black...one that I can add a layer underneath for warmth should the temperatures dip. I have not found one that I like yet...so many are double breasted and they do not work for me at all...far too wide on my short frame.
I plan to hop across the pond to Vancouver to see if Nordstrom's or other shops may have something that will work for me.
In the meantime, I did find a new basic that will travel well...
Bryn Walker swing coat
I like the weight of the fabric and it skims and flatters my curves.
Are you familiar with the brand Bryn Walker?
The pockets are handy!
I like to roll up the sleeves.
I've got some Eileen Fisher basic black pants and one of her black tank tops.
I will add a layer over top...
perhaps my denim tencel shirt worn as a jacket
or this jacket by Bryn Walker.
The other option is a cashmere cardigan or a vest.
I am already thinking of a minimal travel wardrobe
for 3 weeks taking only a carry on.
We travel this fall
fly to Rome
then we will go to
attend a week long cooking vacation
(with daily excursions)
rent a car
drive to Provence
stay in a villa near Aix en Provence
explore the surrounding villages
drive to Auvillar to visit our friends for a few days
hop on the TGV to Paris
where we will spend a couple of days before flying home.
I am already madly "pinning ideas" from Pinterest
that focus on travel and packing.
The planning is so much fun!
it's been several years since my trip to Paris and the South of France
What are your "go to" travel items?
Do you travel with a carry on or do you check your bag?
What would you pack for 3 weeks in a carry on?
I welcome your thoughts and ideas...
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