The calendar may say Fall but that doesn’t always mean temperatures dip into brisk territory. Cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons require versatile and lightweight travel layers. A well planned travel capsule wardrobe for Fall will help you be prepared for just about anything!
Traveling with only carry-on luggage is important, now more than ever. The risk of luggage getting lost is up over 20% since last year. The best way to avoid this mini travel disaster is to pack a travel capsule wardrobe and pack a carry-on bag only. Use this sample capsule as a guide for planning your travel wardrobe.
The pieces in this capsule can stand alone or are meant to coordinate with other layers. This travel capsule wardrobe can take you from 7 days to 1 month or more of travel. That is the beauty of the travel capsule and why I’m completely obsessed with the concept. Even in you aren’t traveling to Europe use this as a template to help you plan your own travel capsule wardrobe. To see how to put the outfits together, read this post.
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TIPS TO PACK A TRAVEL CAPSULE WARDROBE FOR FALL IN EUROPE
Light Layers for Fall Travel
Choose lightweight clothing that layers easily. This capsule relies on lightweight layers like t-shirts, a button down, light cardigan and a blazer. Thin cotton, rayon, tencel,silk and thin merino wool or cashmere are the types of fabrics you should pack. Check the weather for the dates of your trip and select clothing items that work for the range of expected temperatures.
Wearing and packing lightweight layers help you be prepared for a wide range of fall temperatures. This will allow you to pack light and stay warm, no matter what the weather or activity of the day may be. Layers can be broken down into base layers (long sleeves/pants), mid-layers (think sweaters) and outer layers (jackets).
Pack Neutral Colors
Yes, you’ve heard it many times. To pack a capsule wardrobe you need to stick to a color palette. The EASIEST way to do this is to choose neutrals and add in color with accessories or prints.
Shoes first, outfits later
The most important element of your travel capsule wardrobe is your shoes. Ideally, you are only packing 2 pairs at most 3 pairs. For this capsule, I’ve included 3 pairs but you could easily pack only 2 of the shoes shown and be fine.
The shoes included are a boot which is perfect for day to night travel activities, Europe isn’t that formal so a nice boot will get you through most travel scenarios. A good walking or fashion sneaker is now a travel “must have” for me, I can’t imagine a trip where I wouldn’t pack them and they are widely worn in Europe. I threw in the loafer because they are on trend right for Fall 2022 and are also versatile footwear that can go casual or dressed up.
My preference is a boot and a sneaker. Travel in Europe demands a walk able shoe and by walk able I mean that you and your shoes can withstand 10-20,000 steps a day comfortably. With that in mind, it may help to plan your travel outfits around your shoes.
Use accessories to add some color to a palette of neutrals. Editing accessories to specific travel outfits that you have planned will keep you from overpacking. Keep jewelry minimal and never pack anything you wouldn’t want to loose.
Whether you’re planning on spending the fall in Europe or just looking to refresh your wardrobe, these tips will help you get ready for your trip. A fall travel capsule should be versatile enough to take you from day to night. This sample capsule shows great ways to keep your outfits flexible and fun. A follow-up outfit post is coming soon! Happy packing!
Sample Capsule Packing List (12 clothing items)
- 1 Outer Layer (Trench Coat)
- 1 Rain Jacket
- 1 Jacket or Blazer
- 1 Sweater
- 1 Blouse
- 1 Long sleeve shirts
- 1 Short Sleeve shirt
- 1 Short Sleeve shirt
- 1 Pair Jeans
- 1 Pair Dark Pants
- 1 Skirt
- 1 Dress
Sample Capsule Packing List (3 pairs of shoes)
Links to Products
- Modern Trench Coat
- Oversize Womens Blazer
- Madewell Raincheck Packable Rain Jacket – Similar
- Striped Pullover Sweater
- Patterned Blouse
- Long Sleeve Top – Similar
- Short Sleeve Graphic Print Top
- Short Sleeve Top – Similar
- Black Pants
- Skirt – Similar
- Leather crossbody
- Qulited nylon tote – Similar, Similar
- Silky Scarf
- Silky Scarf
- Layered necklace
I’ve also released my latest guide for helping you pack a travel capsule wardrobe for European travel. Click HERE or click below to get more information!
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