So I just came back from a trip with the hubs to his company Christmas Party in San Jose! Without even realizing it, I had packed a capsule wardrobe for the occasion.
I love the idea of capsule wardrobes, where each piece works with almost all the other pieces to create multiple outfit combinations! I just could never pair down my personal wardrobe in order to do this all the time (I’m just too disorganized!).
We went to San Jose, which I mistakenly assumed would be warmer than back home. (Actually, it was technically warmer but I still froze my butt off. I forgot about coastal breezes! Brr!) But all in all, I loved the outfits I created with my capsule and could have created even more!
What I packed:
- Dark Wash Jeans (or black)
- Light Wash Jeans (I chose distressed)
- Striped top
- Jumpsuit for the Christmas party
- Striped hoodie
- Flannel top (instead of a jacket!)
To create a capsule, you should first determine what the weather will be like and what events you will be attending. I knew I’d be going to the company Christmas party, so I brought my dressy jumpsuit. I thought it’d be warmer, so I didn’t bother with scarves or jackets (though, I wish I had!). I did bring a hoodie instead of a jacket.
Next, you should pick the neutral color that will unify your capsule. I chose black this time. So all my pieces were black, black patterns, or colors that worked with black.
Lastly, I chose the pieces for the capsule using the 3-2-1 rule. (Three tops, two bottoms, one dress or jumpsuit) Make sure one of the tops has a pattern, one of the tops can be layered with another (like a button-up), and the other is a straight neutral. (I added an extra hoodie instead of a jacket) With the pants, I like to choose one dark wash and one light wash jean.
Then add any accessories you like, making sure they could be used to complete multiple outfits in your capsule. I guess this sounds complicated, but it gets easier and easier the more you try it! For shoes, I chose one solid, and one pattern that would mix well with the other patterns in the capsule.
Without further ado, I will show you the outfits I made with this capsule and the other outfits I could have made!
This is my travel day and, yes, Starbucks is an accessory! Especially when I travel! ha!
This is day two! After a full day of reading books in my jammies in the hotel room, hubs took me to the most delicious Mexican Restaurant!
Day three: Hubs took me to tour the San Jose office which I had never been to, even though he’s been with the company almost 13 years!
And that evening was the company Christmas party, which was SUPER fun! I actually didn’t know how fancy it would be, so I figured this jumpsuit would be a good middle of the road type outfit. And it was SO EASY and a NO FUSS type outfit which was perfect for me.
The other outfits I could have made with this capsule:
There are even a couple more combinations I thought of after creating these! But you definitely get the idea!
Have you ever tried traveling with a capsule wardrobe? I highly recommend it!