Before leaving for China this summer, I knew two things:
1. I didn’t want to bring a lot of stuff with me. (Implication being: I wanted to bring stuff back. Oh, the shopping!)
2. I didn’t want to get completely bored with my clothes. (I’m kind of girly–what can I say? I didn’t want to feel like I was wearing the same thing every day.)
So, I set out to create a capsule wardrobe: a packing list of clothes that would all mix and match to create a range of different-looking outfits.
Here is the result. Twelve pieces became forty outfits.
My packing list:
- 2x shorts (one denim pair; one lightweight, fast-drying gray pair from Columbia)
- 2x dresses (one black and white striped maxi; one black sleeveless knee-length)
- 1 skirt (long, black)
- 2x tank tops (one black, one striped)
- 4x shirts (two graphic tees, both light-colored; one lightweight pink long-sleeve cotton top; one cotton blue button-down shirt that could be used over other tops)
- 1 cardigan (black, lightweight)
- 2x scarves (one polka dotted; one patterned)
- 2x belts (one brown; one pink and gray)
- Jewelry (minimal: pieces that matched everything)
- 2x pair of flats (one brown; one black)
- 1x pair walking shoes (Rocket Dog brand)
- 1x pair flip flops
Note: I was traveling during summer, and every place (except for one very brief stay) was hot, so I did not bring any long pants. To make this wardrobe work for more varied climates, you could easily swap out the shorts for convertible pants with zip-off legs that become shorts.