Looking great while traveling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Ideally you can put together your travel wardrobe from items already in your closet. If you find yourself missing key travel wardrobe items you can always look for cheap alternatives. Of course buying clothing of the highest quality is preferable but sometimes our budgets just don’t allow that. With that in mind I was impressed with Target’s Fall offerings and could see myself easily incorporating some (or all) of the items into my travel wardrobe.
Some things to keep in mind when shopping:
* Always look for the best fit, this may mean going up or down in your usual size but a good fit will mask any quality issues.
* The fabrication of clothing bought at cheaper places might include more synthetic blends but this works in your favor because they will be less bulky than cotton.
* Darker colors always look more expensive and will help you pull off a chic look.
This Target travel capsule wardrobe follows my packing light guidelines and you’ll find my essential 11 items included (1 outerwear, 2 sweaters, 1 Blouse/Button down, 2 layering tanks, 2 tees/tops, 2 jeans/pants, and 1 dress).
A trench is a no-brainer for travel. Target’s version of the trench will help complete your travel outfits without costing a bundle.
2. 2 Sweaters
The range of temperatures during fall weather make lightweight layers essential. The pullover sweater (3.) looks equally smart with jeans or black pants and the mottled black color provides a bit of texture. The open front cardigan (12.) layers nicely over tanks or tees for a casual look or pair it with a blouse or tunic to dress it up.
3. 1 Blouse OR button down
This Target tunic makes for a chic look when worn with black pants and flats or dresses up jeans and booties. The trendy longer length helps mask any problem areas around the waist (aka muffin top) but it could also be worn tucked in.
4. Two layering tanks
Tanks are useful for travel because you can layer them underneath sweaters or blouses. You can also use one to sleep in. The basic black (6.) and gray (7.) versions from Target will blend in with your travel wardrobe easily.
5. Two Tees or Tops
If you are packing light a long sleeve (or 3/4 length) tee and a short sleeve should do the trick. I love a striped tee (2.) and this one breaks up the dark palette a bit. A simple tee shirt (13.) worn with jeans and a trench makes for a classic and comfortable travel look.
6. Two Jeans or Pants
I’d never travel in the fall without my trusty jeans. Target has a great dark denim option (4.) which makes them look more expensive than they are. If your travels are casual you could bring 2 pairs of jeans but packing a pair of black pants gives you lots of options if you need to look a little dressier. Target’s version of the little black pant (LBP) can be dressed down with a t-shirt and sneaks or dressed up with a blousy tunic and smart flats or wedge heels. As an extra bonus the synthetic fabrication of these ponte pants (5.) will take up less room than jeans.
I often have trouble finding that perfect travel dress – one that can be worn with leggings or without and that can be dressed up or down. Target has got you covered, I found several dresses that could work and I finally settled on this little number (10.) which you could rock a number of ways.
If you end up with room in your suitcase or want even more outfit choices you can add in a few of optional items. If you are traveling to someplace like Europe I might forgo the cardigan and throw in a blazer (19.) instead. It instantly pulls you together without being too fussy. Also if you travels call for dressing up, the wedge pump (20.) will dress up your jeans, black pants and dress.
I’ve included shoes from Target in this travel capsule wardrobe to complete the look. I can’t attest to the walk-ability factor of the shoes except for the Kendall bootie (14.). I have a similar bootie that I purchased at Target and took it on a trip to New Orleans and was able to walk comfortably in it. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for any trip so make sure you take time to break your shoes in before your trip so you aren’t hampered by blisters or sore feet. With that being said I found these Lucretia leopard print sneakers (9.) to be irresistible and I think they provide a nice balance of fun and functional. I also love these Valmai flats (8.) that are a slightly pointy toe loafer, they look classic yet modern.
As any Target aficionado knows it’s all too easy to find great accessories at Target. I edited my selection but you can find just about anything at Target just remember to stick to your color palette or punch up your neutrals with pops of color. The Mossimo Tote bag should fit all your daily travel essentials and it has handy shoulder straps that you can remove and just carry by the handles (a little more dressed up).
Another note about the items, all of these may not be available at your Target but you can easily order online. Cheers and Happy Packing!
Target in no way has compensated me-I’m just a fan of Target!
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