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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 suitcases space you need without limiting your options. If you travel for work start with this work wardrobe that only requires 8 pieces that mix and match to make 16 spring outfits. If you are packing for paradise my Resort Casual Capsule Wardrobe checklist has everything you need. Stick to my tips and you can create a practical yet stylish wardrobe with capsule wardrobe combinations 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 are easy to layer over to create the illusion of a skirt and top. Try layering under a looser style. Get a 2023 roundup of the best little white dresses that travel well HERE.

3 | Jeans

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

4 | Pull-On Pants

These are my forever favorites, comfortable, and each to dress up or down. For the best-fit size down in the wide-leg track-style pants. The style I’m wearing runs a half-size small, so if you are between sizes you can size up.

5 | Base Layers

I suggest black and white.

5 | Blazer

Best fit, quality, and value.

6 | Cardigan

These are some fan favorites from Burberry to Amazon.

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. Shop for more print and patterned pieces that play well with others HERE.

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


High-low. Consider cost per wear.


Fitted the foot go with 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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