WIW, WI Didn't Wear, and What I Learned on my Vacation

Hello all -

I've finally collected a few of my vacation outfit pictures and am ready to post them. I missed you all when I was away!

I tried to check into the forum when I could, and I read the blog…but could not post comments to the blog! I was blocked from doing so in China. :-( It made me appreciate our freedoms.

We had a rich and fascinating trip. I felt really good about my travel capsule, and it served me well through a wide variety of activities and weather conditions. I will post the full list of items brought in the replies section for those who might have a special interest, and get straight to business in this post.

Most Worn Items:

1. Fuchsia knit shrunken blazer.

2. Boxy striped Breton style sweater.

3. Skinnies.

4. MaryK's multicoloured wonder scarf. (Thanks to MaryK, my Secret Santa last year!)

5. Grey Eileen Fisher draped cardigan (thanks to Nancylee, who gave it to me).

Seldom Worn items:

1. Button down long sleeved shirts.

2. Shorts.

Never Worn items:

1. Grey cowl jersey dress. (This was essentially an extra in case of very hot weather, which didn't materialize.)

2. White button down.

Takeaway lessons, some surprising.

1. I've heard it's wisest to limit ourselves to 2 pair of shoes per trip. But extra footwear can be worth its weight in gold. True, it takes up extra room in the suitcase. But I brought 5 pairs of shoes on this 4 week trip, and I was SO grateful for each and every pair and never regretted bringing them! Having several footwear options helped me feel comfortable, reasonably presentable, and equipped no matter what we were doing, from climbing the Great Wall of China to stepping out for an evening in sophisticated Shanghai. The right shoes seemed more important than just about anything else (besides rain gear). Next time I travel, I will consider bringing extra footwear (or buying it at my destination) once again.

2. A vibrant knit jacket is a brilliant travel companion. It doesn't wrinkle, it is easy to dress up and down, it adds a hint of structure, and it can add a much needed pop of colour to an otherwise fairly neutral palette. And guess what? My workhorse knit jacket was an impulse purchase. $20 at H&M when I was actually out looking for something else. (The CPW is already far less than $1 and I will soon be seeking a higher quality version of this item since I know it will serve me well.) Lesson 2A: Impulse purchases are not always mistakes.

3. Just because something isn't worn OFTEN doesn't mean it's not vital. I only wore my shorts once -- during an unseasonably hot day of travel between Shanghai and Hangzhou. But wow, was I ever glad to have them that day. A skirt would have been awkward while I was hauling my luggage and climbing stairs. Trousers would have been much too hot. The shorts took up next to no room in the suitcase and were there when I needed them.

4. A soft cardigan can double as a travel "robe" and packs easily. I wore my Eileen Fisher cardigan on the plane journeys and on one chilly wet evening in Beijing. Otherwise, it didn't see much outdoor action. BUT it still qualified as a key player for me, because I also wore it every single day as loungewear over my leggings and T (which served as my PJs).

5. When travelling, a person sometimes craves a higher level of comfort or ease. Except for my denim shirt (which I wore often) I wore my button downs less than I would wear them at home and less than I had expected. I think this is because they didn't feel cozy enough (in the cool places) or cool enough (in the warmer places). Also, they were a bit more difficult to layer.

For similar reasons, I found myself rejecting the black waxed denim moto while in China. The texture felt too "hard" and "crunchy," and either too warm for the climate, or not warm enough. The style felt a bit demanding somehow (too assertive, maybe, as if trying too hard to be cool?) and the black felt draining when I was jet-lagged and craved colour! Having said that, the moto came into its own when I got to Vancouver. Once there, I wore it numerous times.

6. Scarves are super travel accessories, helping to tie an outfit together and adding a jolt of colour or pattern. This is obvious, and I already knew it, but I couldn't have been more grateful for my wonder scarf on this trip - it just worked with everything else.

Here are a few of my outfits. You will see lots of repetition; I really did wear the same items again and again, often layered, and often in the same or similar combinations. And I'm certainly not claiming that these are high fashion. But they were comfortable, practical, and (I hope) attractive enough to pass muster wherever I went.

Thanks to YLF for helping me to create this capsule!

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58 Comments

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Here is a list of what I brought. This fit into one suitcase and was not overweight.

    Black jersey sleeveless dress
    Grey jersey cowl neck sleeveless dress

    Denim pencil skirt
    Taupe knit pencil skirt
    Black jersey pencil skirt

    Skinnies (2 pair, one reversible)
    AT print cropped pants
    1 pair B/W micro check walking shorts

    Denim shirt (long sleeved)
    Leopard print silky shirt (long sleeved)
    Orchid no-iron button down (long sleeved)
    White no-iron button down (long sleeved)
    Orchid sleeveless shirt
    Ink blue sleeveless shirt

    White long sleeved layering T
    Berry T-neck layering T
    Grey long-sleeved layering T
    Blue long sleeved athletic T (doubled as sleepwear)
    Striped short sleeve top
    Black sleeveless modal T-neck with ruching on side

    Striped boatneck boxy Breton- style sweater
    Fuchsia knit top (can be layered over other items as a sweater or under as a top)
    Grey Eileen Fisher draped cardigan
    Charcoal merino turtleneck
    Taupe linen tunic sweater (fingertip length)

    Fuchsia knit cropped jacket
    Black waxed denim moto

    Leopard print scarf
    Multicolour scarf

    Taupe belt
    Red belt
    Berry belt

    Blue layering tank
    Grey layering tank
    Black cami
    White cami

    Leggings (2 pair, doubled as sleepwear)
    Tights (taupe, black)
    Various socks

    Silk undies (doubled as sleepwear)
    Regular undies

    Rain trench
    Bright pink rainproof anorak

    Footwear:

    Ecco Biom athletic shoes (black leather, look a bit like Cons but not as iconic)
    Ecco Mary Jane walking shoes, soft red
    Black pointy toed flats
    Black heeled booties (2 inch heel)
    Smog DV Joust booties (3 inch heel)

    Big red bag

    Umbrella

    Gloves

    3 pair of earrings
    1 necklace
    1 cuff bracelet

  • Raisin replied 8 years ago

    SO many great outfits!!!!!! I haven't had time to read all your post (but I will), but just wanted to say you looked so great on your trip. I thought it was cute that you're wearing your camera in a bunch of the photos :) You're like me, always hauling around a big camera.

  • Kristin SF replied 8 years ago

    Amazing that you were able to create so many great outfits from your suitcase. You clearly put a lot of thought into your travel capsule, and it shows - and yet the outfits themselves look effortless. Great job!

    Your trip looks fantastic, too. Definitely something I wish I could have done with my parents, but they are older now and not likely to make the long trip to Korea. Kudos to you!

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Suz, these are stellar! You look so chic in each and every shot! It looks like a wonderful trip!!

    And my Asia photos are going to end up looking a lot like yours, because I am also taking "our" Breton striped top and the Scarf of Wonder! So fun!!! (And now you are making me think I should make room for my apple green knit blazer!)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Mary K, I would highly recommend a pop of colour jacket, assuming the temperatures won't be too hot where you are. I was north of you so needed it for warmth quite often.

    We will have to post "twin travel" pics after you come back!

  • moira replied 8 years ago

    I am so impressed. I am a travel agent and kind of a snob about keeping the packing lean and tight and still looking put together and feeling comfortable for the climate and culture.
    You hit every note with your choices.
    I just went to my neighbor's house this weekend and brutally culled her suitcase as she was in danger of getting smacked with serious overweight fees.
    No, you don't need two nightgowns. Yes, you can wear those ballet flats instead of slippers to go get ice.
    I agree about the shoes. I would rather have fewer clothes and more shoes to vary my wardrobe, along with scarves and some jewelry (which I usually pick up as my souvenirs instead of T shirts that say something).
    Great job and it looks like a great trip.

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 8 years ago

    I love reading these kinds of recaps and reflections, so thank you for sharing. Also loved the peek at your pictures! (Man, I love those leopard-print pants, I totally covet them now. Source?)

    I am going to Europe for 2 weeks next summer (yay) so I am definitely storing up everyone's wisdom about travel capsules.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Wow, Moira, I take that as very high praise indeed! If you knew how stressed out I usually get about my packing, you would be all the more amazed that I managed to pull it together this time. I will admit the suitcase was ALMOST at full weight. Still, I managed it!

    Laura, those pants are Ann Taylor. http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/p.....Color=6434

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, Suz - they're so cute, but super-short on me, even in the regular length. Maybe I can wear some boots with them like Angie's post the other day. :)

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Suz, you are so fab, sweet, earnest and gorgeous! I ADORE YOU. Such valuable travel style epiphanies here. Thanks so much for sharing.

    It's *so* true that packing lots of shoes is worth it's weight in gold. And I'm glad that you felt prepared, comfortable and appropriately dressed for your trip. You look so chic! And the family looks extra fab in #9. LOVING all the food shots too. You are like a happy hummingbird in China :). My spirits are lifted looking at the these fun pics!

    This is my final forum comment for a few days because I have to rest my arms and wrists. They are very sore (repetitive strain injury) . But I had to chime in, Suz :)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Oh, thank you, Angie!! And I am so sorry about your wrists and arms. You MUST rest and relax. That is an order from bossy big sister Suz!

  • Krista replied 8 years ago

    Bravo, Suz! You did an awesome job with your travel capsule and in each of your photos you are super-stylin'. Also, thanks for sharing your insights - especially about shoes! I like bringing extra shoes as well as extra underwear when I travel - for some reason, I never regret packing extra of both. So glad you had a lovely trip and glad to have you back safe and sound. :)

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    So glad you had a great trip & that your clothes were fantastic, you look so stylish & comfortable in the photos.

    What great insights too; I couldn't agree more about the right shoes being the #1 consideration. I found your coloured jacket musings very interesting too. This is food for thought for a "neutral" girl.

  • Janet replied 8 years ago

    Fantastic outfits and insights! I love packing for travel -- is that strange? I tend to pack too many shoes, but I'm getting better. For my Arctic trip, I used every item I packed. I packed an extra top and set of underwear and socks when we went to NC last week, but that ended up being a good thing because our trip lasted longer than we intended. I never regret the extra pair of underwear I habitually pack. ;-) I also love scarves for travel -- they add color and variety to an outfit of repeated items, and they're light and easy to pack.

    My big issue with my luggage, weightwise, is my photo gear, but I never seem to learn to leave stuff behind. :-/

  • harmonica replied 8 years ago

    I've missed this - didn't know you were going to China! Wow - you look great and I love your thoughts on travel packing! Thanks for sharing :-)

  • JR replied 8 years ago

    Love it all. Seriously.

    May I say how jealous I am of that Wonder Scarf? I have been looking for one as close to it as possible, but so far, no luck. A Very Bright Scarf is definitely lacking in my wardrobe, and you have made me see how much I could use one. But I'm fussy about prints, and I haven't found one anywhere near as nice as yours yet.

    Now I missed the prelude to this trip. If it isn't too nosy to ask, what was the occasion?

  • Gaylene replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for posting the pictures, Suz; it looks like you had a wonderful trip. And your handsome husband and beautiful daughter were the perfect accessories! ;-)

    My first thought: How crazy is this--although our styles are not the same, her travel outfits look almost identical to mine. Except for the patterned skinnies (and our size difference), we could swap suitcases. Which leads me to wonder--do most of us wear very similar outfits on a day-to-day basis when traveling? If that is the case, maybe there IS an almost universal travel capsule. If we could figure that capsule, wouldn't it make packing a breeze!

    As a start: skinny jeans, striped breton top, knit jacket, cascade sweater, and walking shoes. And a miracle scarf or two.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    JR - this was my daughter's first return visit since her adoption 12 years ago. And also a family holiday, of course. When I'm able I'll post some of her amazing food pictures on the off-topic section. The food was the highlight of the trip!

    Gaylene, fascinating speculations! It's possible we all pack the same thing...or at least that those of us of a certain age pack the same thing. I definitely like your capsule starter. I'd add a jersey skirt and/or dress to that list.

    And MORE miracle scarves! JR, you are right - this one is pretty special. It fascinates me because its dominant colours are not technically my most flattering ones, but it does include some of the colours that flatter me, and it seems to combine well with everything, and the overall effect is very uplifting. I always feel like a million when I toss it on. Mary K has said much the same thing.

    Laura, if you are still reading - the pants are actually too short for me, too. They are meant to be ankle pants, but once they crease they become too short; I plan to let the hems down a bit now that I am at home! The fabric is lovely and soft, but it doesn't hang really well, I find. I'm almost tempted to sew little weights into the hems!

    Caro, I'm pretty much a neutrals girl, too, especially in winter time, but this jacket may have converted me permanently to colour. At least when I'm on the road!

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    JR, as far as I know Target is still carrying that fab scarf! I don't see it on the web site but I've seen it in the store fairly recently!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    We are still lacking Target here, Mary K. They are set to open soon, but not yet.

    I might snap up a second one of these when they open. It is THAT useful!!

  • JR replied 8 years ago

    MaryK, I will be watching. I might be going Stateside next month, in which case I might force my husband to stop at that Target's we pass on the way! LOL.

  • Parsley replied 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting this, Suz! Your experiences and analysis are very helpful.
    It looks like you had such a wonderful trip, and you managed to look fantastic with a relative minimum of clothing. It's great to see some shots of your lovely family, too!

    I love that you incorporated quite a bit of color into your travel wardrobe. I travel with many of the same basic pieces, but mine tend to default to a lot more black and gray. I'm going to do my best to emulate your more lively color scheme in the future.

    I completely agree that when traveling comfort is key. I tend to wear my most comfortable pieces the most often.

    I like the idea of items that can double as loungewear, like your leggings and a soft cardigan.

    I think we all need the equivalent of your wonder scarf! It really does liven up everything you wear it with!

    Can I ask what the big red bag is? I love it!

  • shevia replied 8 years ago

    What a treat to read your post and see your pictures! It sounds like you were totally in control, felt great and, as we can see with our own eyes, looked gorgeous. Such a special trip for your family and your daughter is simply glowing. I love the scenery and food shots and all in all your post has given me some serious warm fuzzies! Thank you for posting!

  • merwoman replied 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your tips and photos -what a beautiful family you have. Fantastic that you were able to take this trip together, and create some wonderful memories.

  • Debbie replied 8 years ago

    You and your family look great! I love your travel capsule and totally agree with you about shoes. I also take several pair and my husband always laughs.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  • Anne Boleyn replied 8 years ago

    You look stylish and happy, and I'm loving the locations (obviously ha). I do agree about the extra shoes, particularly in the winter - in the summer it's easy enough to make do with Chacos and a nice pair of flats, but in the winter in China you're dealing with gross muddy rain, random warm sunshine, climbing, fancy dinners etc. Glad you were prepared!

    Did you do any clothes/accessory shopping while you were here?

  • lyn67 replied 8 years ago

    I waited for this post, Suz, glad to see your beautiful family and the exotic places during your travel! I love all your outfits, stylish and cozy in the same time! How did you do? Nowadays I'm not much about bold, floral scarves but had to notice how that one(from Mary K?) is doing the best work ever, on all your outfits!! BTW, great travel shoe collection, and fuchsia jacket is stand out, of c ourse!
    I also like DD's and DH's outfits, DD has a great smile, as her parents,have too:-)
    Thnax for sharing!

  • Mona replied 8 years ago

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos and analysis of the trip and am so glad to know that you felt comfortable and stylish. You make a great point about the knit jacket being perfect for traveling. Both of your scarves go well with your outfits. Also, I could not agree more about the number of shoes. Your daughter is so cute. It must be such an emotional trip for her.

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for posting this. You had a great travel capsule. I also use a lot of scarves to jazz up otherwise simple outfits when traveling. The tip about a colored, knit blazer is brilliant! Often I pack lots of neutrals because they can remix easily. One or two brights would prevent boredom.

  • Carole replied 8 years ago

    Love reading about your travel capsule lessons. I must say you looked absolutely fabulous each and everyday and can see how much time and effort you out into planning and it laid off. I love your use of scarves and the knit jacket is something that I need to explore, sounds like it saved the day.

    I put together a travel capsule a couple of years ago and it made me think of my wardrobe in such a different way. I realized I could really live quite well with what I had packed in that bag, I might get bored to death but it was efficient and stylish and I felt fab!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Suz these pictures are such a treat! I loved seeing you and your fam in all of the exotic locations. Your DD is growing up so fast. I love her haircut and fringy bangs. M's classic, professorial style is one of my very favorites; be sure to tell him I said so! I wish I could get my hubs to wear V-necked sweaters.

    You , my dear take the cake however. I can't believe that you fit all of those clothes into a standard suitcase and still made weight! You came up with such varied outfits and only came away with a few unworn pieces. You look comfortable and stylish in every single outfit and made me realize a few things: You look so much better in the LLBean top than I did (sent mine back). You have a very flat tummy and it looks SO fab on you. I love how it looks fresh in every outfit, like a statement piece, but still a perfect background for a printed scarf or whatever it's paired with. Next, I love your jersey knit pencil skirts! They look stylish all the time, and while skirt silhouettes come and go, this one stands the test of time and the rigors of travel and always looks appropriate. I need some, and now I'm realizing all knit skirts aren't created equal. A dense heavy knit seems to really hold up well and look flattering. Lastly, the color thing really surprised me! I can't believe how much use you got from the bright jacket and the wonder scarf. Those are two items I would have left at home, thinking they wouldn't be versatile enough. How wrong I was! They completely changed the look of your neutral pieces and made them look like whole new outfits.

    Have I mentioned how incredibly fabulous you look in your new neutral, taupe? *sigh* Oh, and I totally agree about packing more than 2 pairs of shoes. The relief that our feet get from the changes is SO worth it in my book. I sometimes take as many as four pairs on just a short trip. Okay, I really have to run, but I just had to comment on how great you looked on your trip. It's truly inspirational!

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    I just love all these lessons learned! I am especially nodding along with the shoe part - besides the style issue, the fact of the matter is that every shoe puts pressure on your feet in slightly different ways. More shoes = more distributed foot pain, lol. I wished I had brought more shoes to Italy. I also hear you loud and clear when you say you wanted more comfort overall!

  • Preppy Pear replied 8 years ago

    Such a beautiful family! You looked amazing in each and every combination. My personal favorite might be #13 with those great pants, but it's hard to choose. You're really inspired me here - and I am going to start feeling less guilty about packing too many shoes next time I travel!

  • HelenInCanada replied 8 years ago

    Suz, absolutely perfect photos! This makes me want to see China - particularly Shanghai - for myself. Especially love the family pics.

    Thank you too for the smart travel packing tips, of course. :)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, all. I know that was a lot of words and pictures!

    Claire, my sweater is actually the Land's End one. I don't know if it is as good quality as the LL Bean one. I ordered the petite in small, which is a bit shorter and boxier on me, but I like the fit somehow better. Of course I have worn it so much it is pilling some by now. I may order a replacement. Certainly the CPW is very low at this point and I could justify replacing.

    The pencil skirts really did work well. One was a denim pencil. I found I reached for different items in different cities (due to weather and activities). I wore that one in Hangzhou.

    Rae, you are so right about distributed pain!

    And yes, PreppyPear - I will never feel guilty about lots of shoes again!

    China is amazing and fascinating, Helen. And you should see the FOOD! I hope to post some pics of that in the off-topic section!

  • shiny replied 8 years ago

    That striped tee really got a work out! I'm taking notes.... I love how you added pops of color here and there to an otherwise neutral pallette, including the red bag!! And I totally agree about the footwear.

    The unworn button downs-- doesn't surprise me, as I've also learned that when I travel I wind up craving comfort. Because when I travel I often swell and retain water, so no overly structured items or waistbands.

    As for PJ's I always bring a nightgown since I run hot, also can double as a slip. And slippers? Moira, people pack slippers?? I've never done that, but I do pack hospital socks, the disposable type with grippies. I hate walking around on hotel floors in bare feet. I also swap into these on the plane. Then when I get home, I throw them out since I am just all grossed out by them by then...

  • cheryl replied 8 years ago

    You look fantastic and the photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us. :)

  • Ariadne replied 8 years ago

    Oh, wow, so great to see photos of your trip and of your DH and DD! You guys are such a sweet family. China looks fascinating and I'm drooling over your food.

    It looks like you packed an excellent travel capsule and I bet a lot of us will be taking notes and following suit (I will when we go to Europe in May, that's for sure). Things that stand out to me:

    The versatility of your red bag and fuschia jacket--solid but colorful items that add a ton of punch and seem to play well with everything
    Striped shirts never get boring
    A couple of well-chosen scarves can make all the difference (your two are so different from each other but work with tons of outfits that would be much less fun without them)

  • lyn* replied 8 years ago

    Suz; you look great! I have the same pink jacket as you; and I'm glad that the H&M "impulse" knit blazer worked so well for your trip!

    I'm glad you had a good time - the air doesn't look too polluted while you were there :)

    It's interesting that in HK I could freely post to YLF forums, but in the mainland you couldn't.

  • Charmian replied 8 years ago

    lyn, it's probably the Great Firewall -- YLF's forum is probably powered by a service provider whose IP either is explicitly blocked (or collides with a service that is blocked). cough Google cough.

    Suz, your photos are making me sooooo homesick for Beijing. I saw the Summer Palace, 798, the Drum Tower ... what a lovely experience for your entire family. Sartorially, I love how many looks you pulled together out of one suitcase. And fuschia! What a lovely accent color to your outfits.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thank you again, everybody. You are all so sweet. Waving to my jacket twin, Lyn!!

    And Shiny, just so you don't worry about my cleanliness, we did laundry twice...and I had TWO striped tops with me in the bag! One was a sweater and one a short sleeved fitted top.

    Actually, I COULD post to the forum while in China. I couldn't add a comment (or read comments) on Angie's blog. It was a mystery to me!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Your pictures are so beautiful Suz - thank you so much for sharing them with us!

    You obviously did incredibly well with your travel capsule and I will be marking this thread for wisdom should I be doing any traveling. Fantastic job pretty lady!

  • Zapotee replied 8 years ago

    This is a great travel capsule! I am not surprised at the button downs. I never pack them for casual travel because I can't take the stiffness.

    You are the bretton top queen for sure and how clever it was to pack that pink blazer, it goes with everything! There is great inspiration here. And ok, I will consider one more pair of shoes for my upcoming trip!

    Thank you for sharing the family photos, your daughter seems to have such a gentle nature to her, so adorable!

  • Carole replied 8 years ago

    Maybe I missed it, Suz, but did you pack all this in a carry on, say it isn't so!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Laughing, Carole! NOT a carry on, but one checked bag only!

    Zap, my daughter has both a gentle side and a fierce side. She is fiercely emotional with big highs and lows. A real artist type! She writes and draws. And takes photos. Having had the dubious honour of doing my WIW pics for a while, it was interesting to see her wield her camera on the trip. She has a very unique perspective which shows in what she chose to photograph.

  • Charmian replied 8 years ago

    I think YLF's commenting system and its content are served off different IPs, one of which is blocked in the PRC. Access to "western" sites hosting user-generated content (such as blogs, comments, photos, and videos) can be ... unreliable.

    Whenever I travel to the PRC, I try to expect that none of my usual websites work properly. This helps me cultivate an attitude of pleasant surprise when a site I love does come through.

    ( sorry to hijack -- I spent a year working as a software developer in the PRC. Let's go back to talking about clothes, not my horror stories! :)

  • lyn* replied 8 years ago

    OH; yeah, I couldn't post to the comments on the blog either! I thought it was just me! I guess HK and PRC aren't too different ;)

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Suz, I have been insanely busy and little time to comment, but I had to tell you I enjoyed this read so much (as I enjoy all your thoughtful posts) and I think you look fantabulous. I love how you outline your thoughts so clearly and in order. Are you a writer or something? :)

  • rute replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I still have problems in this area!

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Suz, I had a dream last night that you turned this post into an actual children's picture book with beautiful photos of you and your family! So fun!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Ha!! Imagine. Well...stranger things have happened!

  • ritu replied 8 years ago

    i love your skirts.

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    Your travel photos look fantastic and you have such a beautiful family with all of you sporting such gorgeous smiles!

    What a fascinating read here, Suz, and I'm saving this link as a favorite. I love the way you described why some of these items did and did not work on your trip and your examination of them was really helpful, even though we may not be traveling to the same places at the same time.

    How wonderful to have an impulse buy take center stage and then guide you to wanting a higher quality version of it. You are always an inspiration to me, Suz, and you look stylish and comfortable at the same time, which is a great combination when traveling abroad.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    The Pearl of the Orient! Great pics!

    I say, your red Ecco shoes look like they were very handy on your trip. Would you recommend them for heavy walking?

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    p.s. I LOVE those cute red shoes. Are they the same ones that rachylou mentions above?

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Yup - same shoes - Ecco Jump Mary Janes. They were great travel shoes - they have an athletic insole.

  • krishnidoux replied 8 years ago

    Suz, I am late to this thread. Thank you so much for this comment! It is extremely helpful to read what worked, what didn't.

    AND thank you for sharing these dear dear pictures, very heart warming. I notice that in almost every photo with your daughter she leans towards you lovingly. How precious! You remained amazingly stylish throughout your trip. I understand why you love your fushia jacket, it has everything a petite, active traveller would want: cropped, fitted, soft, cheering. Instant style with that.

    May I ask what 5 pieces of footwear you brought? (Sorry if I have you repeat from a previous post I might have missed...).

  • ManidipaM replied 8 years ago

    Suz, am very late to this party but had to say 'thanks for sharing your holiday with us' and tell you how much I loved this post both for its visuals and its analysis.

    I think Gaylene may have a point about how many of us pack many of the same things. I know I like to take 3 pairs of shoes even if I'm going on a short weekend trip, and have taken as many as 5 for 3/4 days. I tend to bring a Breton-type striped top if there is one in my wardrobe just then, be it summer or winter. I've been missing a wrap or waterfall cardi for a good while, and know it would be a workhorse. And discovering a soft structured jacket in a bit of a non-neutral colour made life so much easier and me more presentable on a trip to China last year at about this same time (okay, mine's a lightly quilted burgundy floral, so not as suitcase-friendly as your knit jacket, but I'm so glad I took it along anyway). And even though I'm more a pants-over-skirts girl most of the time, I so hear you on wanting comfy, soft clothes on holiday, even for more formal pieces, without restrictive waistbands and stiff textures. As a bonus, knits don't wrinkle as much as wovens either (bar the no-iron fabrications).

    Also, looking at your photos, I see what else I'm missing in a big way for my travel capsule. The BIG red bag! It's structured but softly, a bold colour and looks roomy. Most important, it adds great character and presence to otherwise neutral outfits. I've long suspected I could use something like that, but now I *know* so, thanks to you. This may just be promoted to be top of the post-baby budget! Followed by your red Ecco shoes and striped top and knit jacket, they might be my favourite item from your packing list.

    Thanks again, and though it's just repetition by now, may I compliment you again on how wonderful you look? So very chic and appropriate and *comfortable* in each outfit. And yes, it looks effortless. Am all admiration!

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