Saturday, June 23, 2018

My 15/30 Packing Challenge (my take on the 15/30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge)

Each summer that we pack up to spend an extended holiday in the United States, I have to say my least favorite part is the packing. I don't know why, but somehow a long vacation really throws me. I can easily pack for a four day weekend. Even a week at Spring Break is super easy to pack for, but somehow, when I think about being away for six or seven weeks, I just can't do it.

There are so many issues I have. . . 

How do I make sure I'm prepared for any occasion? How many pairs of shoes do I pack? How do I make sure I have choice? What if I really want a piece and but left it behind and it's the only thing that will complete an outfit? How do I make sure I don't pack something and only wear it once, if at all (this happens more than I'd like to admit).

Oh my gosh, I know these are First World problems, but they're still my problems.

So, this year, my friend Sabrina suggested the 15/30 Capsule Wardrobe Project, only for packing. She wrote a few posts on Sassy Hong Kong detailing her challenge. The pieces she chose, some outfits she styled and her final thoughts.

With these lessons in mind, I set about making decisions about what 15 pieces to bring for myself. The good news is that accessories, swimwear and shoes don't count (phew!) I did quite well, actually and managed to get it all done with 16 pieces. I know I'm one over the suggested amount, but I'm also actually away for more like 45 days. And, in Sabrina's challenge, she didn't allow herself to shop, but I fully intend on taking advantage of all the thrift shopping I can (with more restraint, though).

Here are the pieces:
three skirts (Maisha Concept, vintage red pencil skirt, secondhand flowy white skirt)
three dresses (secondhand navy floral dress, beige vintage Issey Miyake shirt dress, Mahps vintage white lace prairie dress)
six tops (chambray denim JCrew button down, two graphic tees, white Retrorhapsody vintage ruffle cropped blouse, black and white silk floral blouse from Savers, secondhand white and green palm leaf sleeveless blouse)
four pants (white vintage Guess jeans , Lee Jeans cut offs, yellow cotton pleated shorts, secondhand denim culottes)

So there you have it, I'll see how I do this summer. You can follow along on my Instagram feed to see how I style up these 16 pieces (check #15for30packing). The weather so far has been a bit cooler than I expected, so day three was not a cute outfit, but rather a stay warm outfit.

You can see for yourself in my stories today. My big girl was honest yeah, it's not your best, mumma.

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