London Trip Capsule: Part 1 Pic Heavy

I finally got my tripod set up today and spent some time taking pics of my imagined trip outfits. And while I immediately ruled out some ideas just from looking at the pics (oh my goodness, I am SO glad I am doing my homework!!), I feel it's really coming together pretty well!

Unfortunately, for some reason, the flash wasn't working, so I had to adjust exposure in some of these to give you a better idea of the colours.

Here is what I'm working with so far; this might also suggest to you why I was a bit worried that my outfits were too wintery. We will be there March 18 to 25.

1- 4 Outfit 1: Travel outfit. It will likely be cold here in Canada when we leave, so I need to layer up. I'm wearing: New Ralph Lauren knit sheath (probably with a slip underneath), Theory turtleneck, navy hose, SW booties, Danier leather jacket, and Theory trench (courtesy BJ!!)

What do you think? My one concern is that the skirt is going to bag out on the plane. But I know from experience that a skimming dress is a wonder for travel. And no buckles or stuff to set off the alarms at security.

Also, is it okay to wear all these different navies together?

5/6 Possible outfit Day 2: I am imagining temperatures in the mid 50s (F) which would be usual, so that means a fair bit of layering. I'm going to do some more thinking and see how the pieces I'm planning to bring might work in slightly warmer temps -- mostly it would involve leaving off a layer and/or scarves, and switching to nude microfishnets from heavier hose. I show a few options below.

AT leopard print blouse, BR sweater, slouchy trousers, and either SE bootie or SW bootie. Trench. (My leather jacket can also be layered under the trench if needed.)

7/ 8 Possible outfit Day 3: Halogen seamed skirt (black) EF knit shirt, silk scarf from China, Danier leather jacket. Trench on top if needed.

9/10 Possible outfit Day 4: Striped top, slouchy trousers, Danier jacket, silk scarf.

11/ 12 Possible Day 5: Berry t-neck, Halogen skirt, scarf, Danier jacket. Or with AT navy silk shirt.

13-17 -- various mix and match possibilities for other options. Of course there are more.

Thanks for looking, and any suggestions you might have, I would love to hear!

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55 Comments

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Great!!!

    Travelling outfit: love the whole concept. I agree, dresses like these with opaque tights are the best for travel. Have you thought about wearing the turtleneck inside it though?

    I just adore the second outfit! So Angie! And either bootie work. If you press me to choose, I'd go for the black ones.

    Third outfit (7-8): very classy and approprié, except for the legs. I think you would feel more comfortable with tights.. or nylons? Bring an extra pair just to make sure?

    I am SO in love with the next outfit (9-10)! Pure perfection. So I understand the moto pants won the battle against the jeans, in which case, given this fantastic little number, I fully understand why. Irresistible.

    11-12 is different, I quite like this on you, only I'm worried that on my screen and given the lighting, the purse is not quite the same hue as the top, and for some reason, it bothers my (probably too obsessive) matchy-matchy side.

    I like 11 better, with the tights and black booties. But maybe by the end of March you won't feel like wearing tights.

    And 16-17 just threw me on the floor from my chair. So Urban Prince! I am in awe. Yes, do wear this.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Are you going to wear your RL sheath dress during the trip as well?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Krish - these are good thoughts!

    Do you think the sweater would be better layered under? It might not be clear but the shape of this sweater might mitigate against that. It's a looser fit. I do have a snugger navy T that I could layer underneath if that seemed better, but it is not as warm.

    Re tights: Yes - That would depend on weather. i'll have opaque and sheerer options with me. I was wearing microfishnets in the pic but you can't tell - it would all depend on how warm it was what I would wear.

    The pants in 9/10 are the same slouchy ones as in 5/6. I didn't even try anything with the moto pants (yet). Trying to see whether I could make do with one pair.

    You're right - the bag is more burgundy than the berry top in 11. Bags are not a strength in my wardrobe. That is one thing I might buy in London! I do think the colour reproduction (due to having to over expose) is a bit wonky so the colours are not quite true. It seems to "go" in IRL if not "match."

    My main bag will be my tote (which is described as twilight and is a sort of textured charcoal - like python but no colour variation.) I also have a pink clutch but it seems a bit garish with what I am wearing -- more for summer?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Yes - I will probably wear it during the trip as well. I have a few more posts I'll do in the next few days with "going out in the evening" options and a few other day time ideas as well.

    You are right - I might not want to be wearing tights in March but I think I will have to wear hose if I wear dresses because it won't be warm enough for me to go without anything. I MIGHT be able to go with sheer hose, though. Either nude or nude microfishnet - it really depends on the temps.

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    Suz I love your travel outfit. Just wondering, why do you choose a skirt? Is it more comfy? I'm thinking down the road for my Croatia trip in April, so these posts are helpful to me.

    I really love all your outfits, they seem very mixable. Is this the total amount you're taking? I think you have picked really great pieces. You might want to rethink the mis-matched shoes though....that might be a little too much.......hahaha...kidding of course ;)

    PS that new leather jacket is killer!!!

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    Oh, Suz! Well done. I do love the teal in #7 and #8...brings out your eyes!

    Both booties work, but which ones are the most comfortable?

  • moira replied 7 years ago

    This is a perfect travel capsule. Perfection, IMHO....except, do you have any walking shoes?

  • claracluck replied 7 years ago

    stunning as per usual with you.love love that leather jacket your gonna look right at home in london.are you taking any rain gear because i can predict you will have some rain.other than that have a great time.nobody will bat an eye at odd shoes in london lol
    sorry you have a trench .silly me, is it water proof? i know that sounds daft but some aren't.

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    I'm speechless, more or less! This is perfection, Suz. I love your idea of travel outfit, and It will pay off when you need to curl up in a narrow plane seat, and also in security. Plus the fabness of it! If I ever look half as good traveling, I'll be very pleased. I think you have created a great selection of outfits for sightseeing, shopping etc here. I adore #2, you look so fresh and so comfortable in your own skin here! I really don't have anything to add but the same as Krish already have said about bringing a variety of tights so you are prepared for chilly Spring winds in London. I suppose you could get into almost any kind of temperatures in March. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this series!

  • tayleigh replied 7 years ago

    I don't know anything about the weather in London but you look so, so fantastic in all of these outfits. #9/10 absolutely slays me. Both booties work I think but personally I would go with black. :)

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Fantastic outfits Suz. I'm not sure if you are taking both pairs of booties if you are I like the lighter ones with the outfit 5/6 & the black ones with #12. If it's an either or then the black ones. Can't wait for the next instalment:)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Sorry! I should have clarified. I plan to take both booties. So I will have a light option and a dark option.

    For me, these are both 12 - 18 hour shoes. Heels are low, they are comfortable. The only question is whether i can find room in my bag for a low vamp shoe. Those who know me know my insecurities around wearing booties with a skirt. I always think it is stumpifying to me. Weirdly, I am liking it more with sheer nude hose or opaque blue in these photos vs. black microfishnets. Why? Who knows???

    Raisin - good question. I am taking a dress and skirts because of my activities. Not super formal, but theatre, dinners out, galleries, and shopping. My husband will be attending a conference and I may have to go to a few conference related events with him. Plus, I wear jeans or trousers every day in my ordinary life, so it is nice to have a change up.

    This is basically the amount I planned to take...I have a couple more tops to add to the mix. Plus PJs and undies, of course! And MAYBE a pair of pumps for evening. Just haven't decided on that yet. Or the mottos or jeans. Could take another topper as well. (There is still room!) I did consider my denim jacket to casualize my dress and pencil skirt. It is also lighter in colour so could help "springily" things. I have a white denim jacket as well. Both cropped so they don't work as well with the trousers. But they look good with dresses and skirts.

    Clara, in addition to the (rain resistant) trench, I have a FAB umbrella. Bright red with a white cherry blossom print! :-)

    Ingunn, Moira, Claracluck, Tayleight, Caro, Runcaria - thank you!

  • merwoman replied 7 years ago

    You are sooo ready for this trip Suz!
    That leather jacket is incredible - it just elevates every outfit to the next level.
    Congratulations on your capsule - it looks ready to go! You look sophisticated, chic and elegant, and totally you! - bring on London!

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Suz! This is more than a capsule - this is a wonderful set of outfits that really show off where you are on your (amazing) style journey. I just love all these outfits so much, and also love the color palette you have chosen. I just have not had enough caffeine to venture much practical advice, but you look superb!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I think you have it all down flat! Playing ahead and taking pictures makes wonders, doesn't it?
    You can try to layer a shirt from #16 under the RL knit sheath as well if blues play well together, maybe be a fun look.
    Actually we are taking a lot of the same things - striped sweater, trench, leather jacket, t-necks, slouchy trousers, sheath dress...high five!
    I wish I could take SE booties with me but they are not 12 hour shoes for me unfortunately. They may work but as easily may not and I don't want to risk it during the trip because I will definitely do 12+ hours of walking on cobblestones up and down the hilly streets there.
    I also plan to take several light scarves to spruce things up, they are so good for this.
    I think bringing pumps can be a good idea if you can have some more formal things to do for the evenings
    I also like to travel in a knit dress because this is so comfortable. However I discovered that my micro-houndtooth slouchy trousers are even more comfortable to travel and don't wrinkle at all. I think I will travel in them.

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    Yay, Suz! You look FANTASTIC in these. Here are my thoughts - are you sure you'll be comfortable traveling in a skirt? I'm just thinking about the overnight flight thing, which is always so wretched - you might want to be able to curl up into some sort of sleep-like fetal position, which couldn't happen in a skirt. I love everything except #14, which looks a bit seasonally confused to me with the booties and the short-sleeve tee. My faves are 7, 10, and 17. PLEASE try adding that red dotted scarf from 9 to 13 - just for fun. This makes me wish I had a leather jacket instead of my denim jacket to bring on my trip : (. You look GREAT in yours. Ah well, I think I'll mostly be wearing my trench.

    GREAT WORK!

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    Fantastic trip planning Suz! The travel outfit i think the navy and sweater over the sheath both work. I adore the 5-6 & 16-17 outfits and love the light and dark shoe option plan. I also really like the unexpected proportion in 13. The several hose weights will be light to pack and provide adjustable warmth... I think that is a really smart way to go. Love your new leather jacket and black print shirt.

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Hi Suz,

    I love all of the outfits you posted. I have two questions, are you doing the more casual stuff i.e. sightseeing / shopping or are you going there for a work event? My only criticism is that your capsule looks a bit as if your were going for a work event, which is fab if you in fact are going for such thing.

    Also, are your daughter and husband dressing up too? I personally like to stay within the same dress code of my family members or traveling companions. I hate to look like if I'm going to work when the fam is in jeans and sneakers.

  • Vicki replied 7 years ago

    You are the Travel Prince, Suz, and all this fine tripod work you've done has helped so many (now I wish I had some travel destination on the horizon). I love your color choices here, from the deep navy and berry to the teal and stripes. It all works beautifully, because these are such lovely items. Adding the taupe Danier jacket (a stellar purchase) proves what a great buy this new item will be.

    I've often thought about layering a sheath and haven't yet done so, bit whatever feels the most comfortable as a travel outfit is the way to go. Either way that RL sheath and Theory turtleneck are stunning.

    I'm a bit confused on the slouchy pants and the moto pants. How are these two silhouettes different and do you feel one would work better with the mix and match possibilities? The ones you've shown here seem perfect.

    This travel capsule looks so complete and with your added trench coat, you're ready for any outing or event. I like the first burgundy clutch and prefer it to the brighter summery one. Looking forward to seeing the next set. So happy to be a part of the planning process.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! And great points to ponder.

    Zap - it is pleasure for me, but my husband is attending a conference and I may be escorting him to some events - it is a celebration for one of his mentors and he wrote a paper and they invited him to come.

    I will be doing some casual stuff, however. Mostly, in fact! Which is why I asked about bringing jeans. On the other hand, I dress down from my preferred way of dressing most of the time in my work-at-home life, so in a way it is fun to have an opportunity to dress up. Still, a pair of jeans might be a good idea...if only I had the right ones. Hmmm.

    Sarah, I laughed so hard -- to think that holier-than-thou I am guilty of being seasonally confused!! You are right, though - I would probably wear the light booties with that short sleeved top if I weren't also wearing a topper. I was just seeing how it would look like that.

    My worry about travelling in the dress is precisely the one you mentioned -- I ALWAYS wear my black jersey dress and do curl up in it -- but it doesn't bag out. I wonder if this one might. Unfortunately, my alternatives aren't that great, unless I do wear jeans for travel after all. Which I could....except I don't really have a great pair to bring.

    Sveta, I too had noticed that our great minds think alike -- well, actually, I took some inspiration from your posts!! -- I am HOPING I am not crazy with my footwear choices. These are probably my best options in any case, although I could bring my Josef Seibel black booties instead of the Stuart Weitzmans. They are not as sleek but I know they are super comfy. I also know they leak like crazy (despite waterproofing). My feet got thoroughly soaked in Vancouver. Actually - that is my one other worry. What if it pours all the time? Do I need rainproof footwear? Hmmm. How many shoes can i fit in a carry on?

    Thank you Sarah A , Shevia, Merwoman!

    ETA: Thanks, Vicki! There are NO moto pants in this set of pics. I have only shown the slouchy trousers. The motos are basically black skinnies with zips at ankle and a knee seam detail - plus side zip vs. front zip, so the front is smooth and you can wear a top without it bumping out.

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Then the formality is perfect! It rained pretty much everyday I was there but it was a light mist, which wrecked havoc with my hair but I was fine with my regular boots, which I waterproofed with spray.The girls loved the jeans on the other thread, bringing those is a good option. I personally like to travel with dark denim because I can dress it up more easily but you are already bringing darker/ dressy trousers, so the faded jeans would fill a different need.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Zap. I forgot to mention that hubby is dressing smart casual with no jeans (!!!) Exclamation mark because a few years ago that is all he owned! It is all Angie's doing (and the fact that he hates jeans shopping). So he will be in wool trousers and maybe some cotton ones -- with a jacket, sweater. shirt.

    Yeah...I am still thinking about the jeans. I agree - when I travel I would usually go for dark denim, too, but in this case it seemed like dark overkill. And anyway - it seems I don't have any dark denim that I genuinely enjoy wearing (except jeggings, which I don't want to bring.) Hmmm. Wardrobe hole!!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    OH, Suz, you have done your homework and these looks are fantastic! The SE booties are not 12 hour shoes for me either, although I may take them to Nordies to see if they can give the toe area some extra width by stretching. They feel very comfortable for 4-5 hours but I notice that even then my big toes and pinkies are red when the shoes come off.
    I'll have to come back later to comment more.

  • Salt and Starlight replied 7 years ago

    This is the most wonderful travel capsule wardrobe! As others have said, you look amazing and it all seems very flattering, comfortable, and appropriate for London.

    Three comments, which you can of course consider or discard as makes sense:

    1) I too noticed that in a few of the early outfits where you're wearing the nude fishnets your legs look a bit off-kilter/too light. I think it's that your pieces are darker (and look lovely on you) but your coloring is fairer, and so the legs just seem to jump out a bit too much. So wear those opaque or black tights, if it won't be physically uncomfortable (hot).

    2) Although I like both pieces individually, I personally find the outfit in #14 not as flattering as the others - it's reading boxy to me. Can you add a belt? Or a small tie shrug or one button cardigan or something?

    3) I would only take the black booties and not the white/gray snakeskin ones. The snakeskin are super duper fun, but I personally think you look much more polished in the black, and while nothing could make you look like a stump, I do find the snakeskin to be more shortening/break the line/pull the eye down. I don't mind them with the black pants, but with the skirt I feel very "meh" even though I love the shoe itself. Also, I never travel with light colored favorite shoes, because I don't want water/mud/scuffs/gum/dog poo on them. I've ruined light shoes before traveling, because you just don't know where or how far you'll walk and through what rain or crud. I second the recommendation of one pair of flats above - I would trade the snakeskin for a black ballet flat or black flat oxfords or something similar. I live in heels, but on vacation I always have a pair or two of flats, because I find they are life savers.

    I hope my thoughts are useful! Again, I think it's a truly masterful travel wardrobe, hats off to you.

  • fashioncat replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful outfit choices! I personally think the white bootie is more interesting and fun in pics 5 & 6, but would choose the black bootie in pic 12. You look very well put together.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    What a splendid travel capsule! Everything looks super. I am so impressed that you can get so many looks into one carry on.

    My only pearl of wisdom is if you're looking to lighten your load, to skip the Pettys as all of your outfits work fine with the Stuart Weitzman booties.

    ETA -- and if you're torn between your SW and the other booties, go for the ones that are the most comfortable. You will enjoy London more that way.

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you are so thorough! What great capsule and I love the mix of skirt, trousers, and fun toppers. I want to vote for keeping both booties in the packing. I find I need to switch shoes when walking every day, the same pair rubs, or annoys in the same place day after day, so I switching keeps problems away.

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    Needless to say I'm in love with your navy, taupe, and white travel capsule, Suz! All pieces work together so fine, and I esp love different navy shades together, it's so rich!! Your tauper leather jacket and the trench are so fab, and love you'll have a choice for both dark(when muddy and grey) and light shoes(when sunny), too! Can't wait for the part 2!

  • carolbee replied 7 years ago

    I do so love reading about travel capsules. I'm living vicariously through you as I would never need such a dressy capsule, mine are all full of very casual hiking type clothes. You look fab, fab and more fab.

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    wow - you are such a travel capsule goddess! the capsule for your roundtrip last year was both impressive and amazing! this is perfection and I'm taking notes as I'm going to London in May. What is your purpose and how long are you staying? I'll be following your posts! ;-)

  • replied 7 years ago

    I think you have come up with a great capsule for London. I have been there a little later in the season and I think your looks will blend in just fine.

  • Debora replied 7 years ago

    Great capsule, Suz! I would definitely take both pairs of booties. You'll be there for a week and you'll want to switch out to give your feet a break. Have you worn the navy sheath yet? I would give it a test drive and see if it bags, especially if you are planning on wearing it again during your stay. How about your trusty black knit dress for the plane?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks again, all - and you've given me more points to ponder.

    Joy, I hope I'm not crazy to think I can wear those Pettys for long stretches of time. Hmmm. This might be tougher than I thought! Footwear - travel nemesis! Especially for the likes of me, incapable of wearing true flats. Well, certainly incapable of wearing ballet flats.

    Salt & Starlight - I agree my legs look really pale. It is a problem! I may not actually be wearing the micro fishnets in the pics, to be fair….I was changing into and out of a lot of clothes. If the hose were on the legs would probably look a bit more "made up" (though just as pale).

    I like the navy or black darker or more opaque tights for cold weather but also find them a "heavy" and unspring-like look. So I do want to bring a variety.

    I could add a belt for #14, and might do so. Or an extra topper. The truth is, I would be unlikely to wear it as is…only if the weather turned unexpectedly warm.

    Good points about light footwear and travel. I do feel concerned about that, although March is the driest month in London. The snakeskin booties have a lower heel which might be why they shorten my leg line a bit. I hear you about the flats. Sadly, flats are about the WORST shoes for me possible. I could potentially wear an oxford (but don't currently own one) but I can't wear ballet flats comfortably - they fall off my feet. And I definitely need more than one pair of shoes -- alternating is a lifesaver for me.

    Thanks Fashioncat and Denise!

    Jayne - I couldn't agree more about having a choice of footwear. For me it is worth it to skimp on something else if I can include another pair of shoes for the trip!

    Thanks, lyn and Carolbee!

    Harmonica, I am accompanying my husband to a conference. He will be working and I may have to attend some events with him. But mostly we will just be going to galleries, theatre, and WALKING - which we do for hours whenever we travel.

    Thanks, Ceit.

    Debora, great idea. I wore the sheath for a while yesterday to test it and it didn't seem to bag out, but you never really know until you've put it through a full day.

    Thanks again, all - these are great thoughts to ponder.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Suz: Your outfits are stellar and you've made the most of the versatility of every item! I have one

    Will you be happy repeating the pencil skirt this much? As a creative type, I crave variety. As I look as these gorgeous outfits I think that your slouchy jeans, and perhaps one more lightweight top would open up a lot of possibilities. Now --- many people like the ease of limited choices on vacation -- one less thing to worry about! You may be firmly in the limits over variety camp.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Beth Ann - I am still considering whether to bring a pair of skinny black moto pants and/or a pair of jeans...but my beloved jeans are lighter wash and distressed and slouchy and there were mixed views on whether that would be appropriate.

    I don't need a lot of variety in one week -- for me, just wearing a skirt at all is variety since at home I am in jeans almost every day!

    When you say lightweight top, what do you mean?

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    You set the bar high for travely capsules! I'm afraid to leave the country now! All of these are so polished and stylish, Suz! I have nothing to add. You look fantabulous, chic and so gorgeous!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    My goodness Suz - this capsule is nothing short of brilliant! Navy and taupe are so perfect together and perfect on you. That leather jacket is going to be a true workhorse for you.

    I like the way all of these pieces play together and think the black booties and the python booties both work equally well. If you have room, I would consider bringing your skinny black moto pants just as one other option.

  • Tina.b replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I'm just in awe of both your travel capsule and your planning ability. Each piece is so versatile and the ways you have combined them is nothing short of ingenious. You look modern, stylish and comfortable in every outfit here, and that is so important for travel. I could not choose a favourite if I tried.

    I always pack myself a hoard of clothes it is just terrible. And then the shoes, many pairs. And I end up wearing Birkenstocks every day! We are going to Europe for three weeks this summer and I should really start thinking about a plan. Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    It seems to me that no matter how well you take care of your feet, and how comfortable your footwear is, when you travel for sight seeing and adventure, you walk so much more that your feet will still take some abuse.

    I usually hit up a Body Shop for their peppermint foot scrub and use it every night as a treat. Though I travel light, I do put together a little first aid kit with band aids, ointment, etc.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you already have so much great input I just wanted to say I think your capsule looks beautiful and perfect for the trip! I hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Tex! And Runcaria - that is such good advice. I ALWAYS take a foot first aid pack with bandages, etc. And I usually wear a prophylactic bandaid if I think there is a spot that rubs. But changing my footwear up has been my best solution ever. I am used to walking a lot in my ordinary life but when I travel I walk that much more -- usually many miles per day.

  • DizzyLizzy replied 7 years ago

    Hi there Suz. I'm a long time lurker on the ylf forum and just HAD to sign up to comment on your awesome travel capsule.

    I was in London/Paris from the end of Feb to the end of March last year so am quite familiar with the agony of choosing a workable travel wardrobe - it's lot of work but well worth the effort. The weather is likely to swing from cold winter days (think beanie and gloves!) to beautiful warm and clear spring days at that time of year. The outfits you have put together are absolutely perfect for springtime in London, except you're just not gonna need the short sleeved tshirt - even on the nicest spring day it will still be a little cool in the city. I would instead swap it for a light cardigan that can be worn early/late in the day but is light enough to be easily popped in your handbag when it warms up in the middle of the day or while inside overheated stores.

    I just adore the trench coat you're taking - love, love, love it and glad to see you have a crossbody bag - I learnt the hard way that they are the only bag really suitable for long days schlepping around in the city. Hope you have a fab time!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    DizzyLizzy - I always love it when lurkers come out of lurking!! Thank you so much for your helpful comments.

    Yes! I have been in London in March. And it was bitter cold there the year I went! I froze. FROZE. BUT...that year I was also packing for Israel and most of my clothes were cotton/ linen. So while I had layers, they were not the right layers. I think with woolens and blends I am better covered, so to speak.

    I see the short sleeved shirt as a layering piece - it would only go under toppers except in a freak weather accident (i.e. summer temps unexpectedly -- which happened to me in NY last year, so I need to be aware!)

    I do have a few other options. I don't own a card as a matter of fact - just don't wear them! But I do have a lighter knit jacket I might bring. Or a denim jacket.

    Thank BJ for that trench! Do you know that she generously sent it to me because it was not working for her! And I LOVE it!!!

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Suz, definitely bring the slouchy skinnies then. I think you need more casual stuff. You will be the most stylish lady there. Enjoy your trip!!!!

  • jenanded replied 7 years ago

    Suz, dont know how I missed this. You and Sveta are inspiring me to lift the bar with my travelmcapsule! And you must be leaving v soon... so have a fab time and look forward toharingnthe highlights! Jen

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago

    What a beautiful and well-thought-out capsule. I think it's killer. I'd toss in your amazing slouchy skinnies if you have room, just in case you want them--they're more casual and also lighter-colored, so they'd quench two possible cravings, should they arise. (I'm so tired and inarticulate tonight!) What about your taupe linen sweatshirt sweater thingie for another lighter-colored, lightweight option?

    I'm so glad you got the snakeskin booties--they were made for you (and Angie).

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    I really love #14 and 17 and your booties. What do SE and SW stand for again?

  • O replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I am at awe. What a great capsule, you look wonderful (please, may I scream) WONDERFUL!

    You are ready to take on London. And further.

    That jacket is absolutely amazing and I truly believe it deserves a summary thread of its own some day - sort of "THE Power of the right piece" I have never seen - so obviously - how one item adds a whole new dimension to the outfit. I am truly blown away away it and by your style.

    Now I'm off to actually read what you've written because I skipped the whole text and just browsed the images.

    ETA:
    Here are my views:

    Here's my view on the things you asked about:

    1-4: Travel outfit: I think you should travel in this skirt, even if you fear it will bag out. Skimming, stretchy dress is a wonder. Because it is knit dress I am guessing you can wash it in cold water at your destination with no need for ironing and it will get its previous shape, if you're too worried and don't need the dress the next day immediately.
    Photo 1 - it is so chic! Everything is so simple and sophisticated and ticks all my boxes.

    5-6: The layers I see are button down, striped top and the coat. I think you will not be too warm, can always wear skirt if the forecast is good and of course if your handbag allows it then you can always take off one of the tops.

    7-8, 9-10: Beautiful. Period. Trench or no trench, that will the forecast say.

    11-12: Amazing how just change of hose gives different vibe. The tops are great too.

    The rest are amazing too, and the contrasting shirt in 18 is divine.

    I have noticed a fair amount of tops, you really are covered.

    In fact, I am pretty sure will copy paste this thread and use as my travel capsule as we're visiting my MIL over Easter holidays.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    SE = Sam Edelman
    SW = Stuart Weitzman

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I am in awe of your outfit planning. I think this is an incredibly cohesive capsule for traveling.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I am not sure how this thread got revived but I wanted to thank the later posters for their comments and add that the timing is great as I get ready to pack for my trip!

    Here is something funny. My husband needs me to take the big suitcase! Yes - I had a capsule that went in a carry on, but he has too much for his large suitcase and needs me to bring mine so he can stash his overflow with me!!!

    So that means if I want to I can bring my slouchy skinnies. But I'm still thinking I'll take my printed pants instead.

    Thanks again, all, for your wise input and kind compliments. I feel the really good about this travel capsule and thoroughly prepared.

  • annaj replied 7 years ago

    Wow Suz!! I think these all look amazing!! Your travel outfit looks great! I'd stick with layers over the top, as the temperature on planes varies so much, so I'd want the freedom to take a layer off if necessary. Are you hoping for an upgrade?!!

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago
    I didn't realize this was an older thread!  Ha.
  • MsMary replied 7 years ago
    Wow, these are great!  You might also want to toss in "our" multicolored scarf for another changing-it-up accessory option!
  • rachylou replied 7 years ago
    Thanks Denise!

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