one suitcase: european vacation capsule wardrobe

Post 10/10 -
It's time for a first! My good friend V is traveling to Europe for three weeks and asked me to help her pack. I've never tried to pick out clothes for a trip for anyone besides myself. It was a new and really fun experience. (Although I kept exclaiming, "I feel like it's weird because I'm just dressing you like me! But she insisted she liked it.)

In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
Below are the 20 pieces plus shoes & accessories that we picked for her trip as well as a little explanation as to the method we used choosing them. Above is the 40 outfits we put together and photographed from these pieces. (PS she's also preggers so we had to make sure the clothes that fit her now will still fit a month from now...)

The method:
  1. Basics - First we picked some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. We tried to pick her favorite go-to clothes. Clothes she said she wears over and over. The ones that go with almost everything.

    For the basics in this capsule wardrobe we chose a white shirt, white blouse, white cardigan, white cropped pants, black asymmetrical tank, black shorts, jeans and black pants.

  • Interest - Second, we added a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. We looked for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that would make the basic pieces more exciting. We tried to grab items that would compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this trip we picked lots of reds, teals and greens with some florals and stripes.

    For this set of interest pieces we picked two teal dresses, a striped maxi dress, two patterned skirts, orangy/red cropped pants, green sweater, a burgundy cardigan, a striped shirt and three fun tanks.

  • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, we added some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks.

    For this capsule wardrobe we chose two necklaces, one gold watch and some fun bracelets.  For shoes we chose white sandals, pink flats and black Tom's.

  • Proof of concept - Here is everything above all laid out and then put in V's luggage she is planning on sharing with her hubby & checking. Lot's of room for souvenirs!

    Hope you enjoyed!!

    You can check out my other One Suitcase features:
    • Business Casual clothes here  
    • Summer Vacation clothes here 
    • Winter Vacation clothes here
    • Spring Business Casual clothes here
    • Mini Getaway clothes here


    1. Thank you so much for doing this!! :)

    2. WHOA. That is seriously impressive. I was waiting for the extra suitcase in your last pic... amazing!!

    3. That is some good work! I had to laugh when you said she was pregnant. I saw these pics first on Pinterest and I thought they were of you. I'm looking at them like "Hmm...she looks pregnant. I should check her site and see if there's an announcement!"

    4. JSYK: This link doesn't seem to work:

      I get this message: Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.

    5. Hi MK: I love the one suitcase series. I found you on Pinterest and just followed you here. Thanks for the wonderful ideas on packing light and packing smart.


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