A capsule wardrobe is fantastic for traveling.


Packing for travel can be a nightmare.

Using a Capsule Wardrobe is fantastic for travel packing and once you’ve traveled with a capsule wardrobe, you will never go back.

Capsule wardrobeCapsule wardrobe Courtesy Polyvore.

Follow these simple guidelines to create a simple travel capsule wardrobe.

Always try to chose neutral colours in both tops and bottoms, sort the bottoms first as they are the easiest to work with. When selecting your capsule items,  ensure that each item you chose goes with every other item, eg. ever bottom must go with every top, that way you can maximise the amount of outfits that you can create.

When choosing accessories, ensure that all pieces that you select will go with each top, this also maximizes the use of each item.

Depending on the type of travel you are doing, if you have any formal outings planned, ensure that you include at least 1 pair of evening bottoms either a skirt or trousers and a pair of shoes suitable for evening wear.  Even T-shirts can be dressed up to be worn for an evening function with lovely scarves and costume jewellery.

Just with this simple capsule wardrobe , there are 56 basic outfits, add the accessories, tie the scarves differently and you can create a multitude of outfits.

I recently spent a week in Thailand, and for the first time, I followed my own rules and packed a capsule wardrobe.

The girls decided that we wanted to dress up for dinner each night, so my simple answer was to take a black top and 3/4 pants, each night I was able to wear the same top and pants and rinse them after dinner each night, and to make the outfit different for each night I changed my accessories, I made sure that each of the necklaces was a long one, the length of the necklace is the thing that makes the difference, they were bold and all different colours, I also included

 

 

Illusion dressing


 

Create a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmer

If you have a pot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your legs and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.

The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine, remember to add some accessories to finish your outfit.

On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, add some leggings and shoes that are a similar colour to create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face and don’t forget the earrings.

Some ideas to help create a column of colour :

  • Match your shoes to your pants, or to your legs
  • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings or a neutral colour to elongate your legs
  • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top d accessories to create interest
  • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious creating stripes or cut off across the body
  • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
  • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket and a longer necklace to finish the outfit
  • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece – skirt, or pants to slim your hips and make you appear taller

Slim by design

  • Vertical lines like centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
  • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
  • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
  • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly or wide hips to focus attention up at your face
  • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
  • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing
  • Illusion dressingCreate a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmerIf you have a pot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your legs and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine, remember to add some accessories to finish your outfit.

    On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

    If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, add some leggings and shoes that are a similar colour to create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face and don’t forget the earrings.

    Some ideas to help create a column of colour :

    • Match your shoes to your pants, or to your legs
    • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings or a neutral colour to elongate your legs
    • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top d accessories to create interest
    • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious creating stripes or cut off across the body
    • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
    • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket and a longer necklace to finish the outfit
    • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece – skirt, or pants to slim your hips and make you appear taller

    Slim by design

    • Vertical lines like centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
    • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
    • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
    • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly or wide hips to focus attention up at your face
    • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
    • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing a square neckline under a square jaw
    • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to your bumps and lumps.

    Slim by Proportion

    • The more foot you show the slimmer your leg will appear, wear a low vamp shoe
    • Wearing ankle strap shoes can give the appearance of cutting off your legs and making them look shorter
    • Nude coloured shoes can visually make your legs look longer.
    • Patterns or accessories you wear need to be in proportion with your body
    • The most slimming and versatile length for jackets and tops is for them to finish at knuckle length with your arms straight down.
    • a square neckline under a square jaw
    • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to your bumps and lumps.
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