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How to Pack Light | Travel Capsule Wardrobes Work For Any Trip

If you want to pack light but always have the outfit you need, create a travel capsule wardrobe for your next trip. Capsule wardrobes limit how much suitcase space you need without limiting your options. If you stick to my tips, you can create a practical yet stylish wardrobe with outfit outfits that will have everyone saying, “I’ll have what she’s wearing.”

How To Pack Light Tip #1 | Make Sure It All Does Double Duty

This is probably the only travel tip you need to know and one I already shared in this blog post. Some items are easier to mix, match, and style in different ways. When you fill your suitcase or your carry-on with these travel essentials, you give yourself more options. The 7 essentials below could go on any trip and are my current favorite in each category.

1 | Not so Basic Button-Up

Slightly tailored and relaxed fit.

2 | Double Duty Dress

Fitted styles from Michael Stars that are easy to layer over to create the illusion of a skirt and top.

3 | Jeans

Dark denim jean always looks chic. Get my complete denim directory and online shopping guide HERE.

4 | Pull-On Pants

These are my forever favorites, comfortable, and each to dress up or down.

5 | Base Layers

I suggest black and white.

5 | Blazer

Best fit, quality, and value.

6 | Cardigan

Great high-low options for a print or a neutral.

7 | A Print

Animal print, stripes, and plaid.

You can make a travel capsule with all or some of these items, but make sure all the piece’s fabrics, colors, and silhouettes, you choose, go together.

How To Pack Light Tip #2 | Wear Your Bulkiest Layers


High-low. Consider cost per wear.


Fitted the foot go with the most winter outfits.

Scarf or Wrap

How To Pack Light Tip #3 | Make Mini Capsules

Bags Beyond Baggage

A tote, belt bag, and cross-body will get the most mileage.

Jewelry Capsule

Two-tone capsule.

A few bold key pieces you can keep track of and wear with everything.

Pajama Capsule

Packing pajamas that can do double duty during the day is so smart.

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