the arrival of the capsule wardrobe

the arrival of the capsule wardrobe

The minimalism is being put to the test.  At the end of the week the Boss and I are going to Australia for a month.  He is working, I am going along for the ride.  And if you are planning on popping over to relieve us of the few things I haven’t already got rid of  you might like to know that all three dogs and all three daughters are remaining at home.  I am  not sure which are more frightening.

I digress, back to the travel planning.  There are some things that I have to take:

  • Paperwork (passports, visas etc.)
  • Guidebooks (can’t be doing with them on kindle, I need an actual book)
  • Camera, pocket lumix and DSLR
  • Kindle
  • Knitting
  • Laptop
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Hearing aids

After that I have to move on to clothes, and clothes for a climate that is quite different to the one I am experiencing right now and to last me a month.  Silly though it sounds it really is quite hard to select thick jumpers when the temperature is in the thirties and jolly difficult to select light tops when it is minus two (as it was this morning).

But all this wardrobe weeding and recording of what I wear has paid off.  I have a capsule wardrobe that incorporates several evening receptions, casual day time and beach!  Colours are white, cream and navy and comprise:

  • White linen trousers
  • Navy linen trousers
  • Pink capri pants
  • Short navy shirt
  • Maxi grey jersey skirt
  • Blue & navy dress
  • Cream and navy dress
  • White long sleeved t shirt
  • White short sleeved t shirt
  • Navy & white spotty t shirt
  • Navy strapless t shirt
  • White strapless t shirt
  • Navy cotton shirt
  • Navy & white chiffon top
  • Bronze metallic evening top
  • White jersey jacket
  • Navy cotton cardigan
  • Red smart shoes
  • Navy wedges
  • Black fitflops
  • Orange scarf

 

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I know that for a true  minimalist this is far from ideal, it isn’t carry on luggage.  But for me this is a huge step and I am dead chuffed 🙂

 

8 thoughts on “the arrival of the capsule wardrobe

  1. I had to go to Massachusetts for a 7-week job last summer and that was my exact same color palette! You really can’t go wrong wit classic navy and white, can you? Brilliant planning, m’dear! Hope you have loads of fun down under. Does this mean you’re putting blogging on hiatus in your absence? Hopefully not. Would love to see pictures of your trip. Bon voyage!

  2. Good for you, Gillie! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your trip.
    Remember Rick Steve’s rule for packing clothes: if you aren’t going to wear it (at least) three times, don’t take it!

  3. minimalistcouple

    I love that minimalism has helped you with your travels too.

    I hope we get to catch up while you are in Australia.

    • I think we arrive in Sydney on Monday afternoon and leave Friday morning. I’m seeing my uncle on Wednesday and I think we are out on Tuesday but will email you nearer the time.