one suitcase: paris vacation capsule wardrobe

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I had the most amazing opportunity to visit Paris for a week with my childhood best friend. (She's a super smart PhD type and was presenting at a conference. She guest posted here.) It was a super wonderful amazing adventure filled with sightseeing, lots and lots of food and quality friend time.

Below are the 12 pieces plus shoes & accessories that I brought with me. I was only there for 5 days but the items I packed allowed me to have the potential for a bunch of different outfits. Over the next week I will show you 20 outfits that could be put together with the 12 pieces listed below.

To start - here's how I put together my packing list-

The method:
  1. Basics - First I pick some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For me, this usually involves  laying out favorite pair of jeans and favorite white blouse.

    For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I have chosen are grey sweater, white blouse, little black dress, black skinny jeans and black cropped pants.

  • Interest - Second, I add a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. I look for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this trip I tried to stick to blues & greens in what I hoped were sophisticated prints.

    For this set of interest pieces I picked a green blouse, a blue oxford shirt, a striped shirt, a chambray shirt and two jackets.

  • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Shoes is the area I still struggle with. (I always want to bring just one more pair!) But I've learned to limit myself to only either blacks or browns and then nude/beige shoes go with everything.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose two necklaces, three scarves and one gold watch.  For shoes I packed a pair of black flats and a pair of black boots.  

  • Over the next six days I'm going to show you 20 outfits that I put together with these 12 pieces. I will share four outfits each day listing what pieces they are made from. And then on the last day I will post a big downloadable image that includes the all the individual 12 pieces and all the 20 put together outfits for easy reference.

  • Hope you enjoy!! 
    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
    • Neutral Colored Business Casual here
    • Europe Vacation clothes here


    1. Yay!! Another one suitcase post!!! I truly adore these and look to them for inspiration when I am packing to go away!
      Any chance that you'll ever do a "one suitcase - cruise vacation" post??!!! I always struggle with those - mainly due to the dress up factor each evening!
      Thanks for all your hard work doing these posts!

      1. The beach vacation One Suitcase was basically what I packed on the last cruise I went on. It was my casual clothes packing list and then I added two dresses (one formal and one nice) to complete what I needed.

        But I'd definitely try to do another one if I find myself with any warm weather plans!

    2. You do such a fantastic, thorough job in putting these pieces together. It's really impressive. I'm really looking forward to seeing the outfits you came up with using the pieces!

    3. I love these posts!!!!!


    4. God I would never ever be able to travel with only two pair of shoes...

      1. Limiting the number of shoes is definitely the hardest part!! There's definitely room for a few more pairs.


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