The Mix and Match Travel Wardrobe

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As you probably remember, I was in Barcelona over Easter. I know, it was a while ago, but I haven’t really done a proper travel wardrobe post yet…

Anyway, it was a rather short trip, just a few days. So, no need to pack a lot of clothes, right? A few pieces that mix and match should be enough.

What’s my ‘packing strategy’, then?

I believe that packing is not supposed to be complicated, and it doesn’t require lists or weeks of planning. After all, what I wear when I’m travelling is not that different from what I’d wear on any other day.

I also believe that less is more, and I prefer to have a relatively small wardrobe. And when I travel, I tend to become a bit of a minimalist, especially when it comes to accessories. Although, while I can manage with one handbag, I need to have at least two pairs of sunglasses. But I think that’s just smart: what if I lose or break one pair?

I often take a suitcase instead of just cabin luggage (unless it’s just a day or two and I can get by with just a very small carry-on). I hate those people who hoard all the overhead locker space for their mismatched collection of various huge ‘carry-on’ bags so that there’s nowhere to put your coat… I’m digressing here, sorry… My point is, I need a bag with enough room for ‘souvenirs’ (= anything I might find when going ‘sightseeing’ a.k.a shopping once in my destination…), so a suitcase is simply more practical.

And last but not least, I don’t want to  plan ahead when I’m on holiday, whether it’s about what to see, do or wear.

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So, about this trip to Barcelona… As usual, I started packing just a few hours before going to the airport. And it took me about 30 minutes. In other words, I decided which bag and shoes to take (which gave me the colour palette), and then I just tossed a few t-shirts, a couple of skirts and a pair of relaxed jeans into the mix.

Because all of the pieces in my ‘travel wardrobe’ mix and match seamlessly, I can decide what to wear on any given day depending on my mood (and the weather). Which is exactly what I did.

You’ve already seen the other two outfits (left / right) I wore during the trip: 

casual travel wardrobe

Yes, I’m wearing the same cardigan, bag and gold jewellery in all of these pictures… And that’s precisely the point: less is more, and everything can be mixed and matched. Taking the stress out of packing (and dressing).  A holiday is supposed to be relaxing, after all…

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graphic tee

Outfit details:

t-shirt: Custo Barcelona / denim skir: KappAhl / cardigan Soyaconcept / 

shoes: Van Dal /bag: Kate Spade / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

location: Hotel Pullman Skipper

What’s your ‘packing strategy’?
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  1. Nancy's Fashion Style
    4 June 2017 / 7:32 am

    I still love that skirt!

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Which one? The spotted one? It's old, but very comfortable (it's unlined, so perfect for hot weather).

  2. mummabstylish
    6 June 2017 / 9:11 am

    Stylish top, what a lovely trip to Barcelona, I just flew in there last week and out of Gerona, staying in a little fishing village of L'Escala – perfect! x Jacqui

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:34 pm

      That sounds lovely. I've never really been anywhere outside Barcelona, but that sounds like a very relaxing place for a holiday.

  3. Elegance and Mommyhood
    6 June 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Your mix+match wardrobe is perfect for traveling. That coral cardigan looks great over all the tops you picked. A cardi is a must to pack when traveling because you need layers. Love both of your graphic tees, Tiina. You look fab in bright colors!Welcome by tomorrow because a brand-new Thursday Moda linkup will be live at 6.00 PM EST. Thanks beauty!Ada. =)

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Ada. Yes, a cardi is a must. I don't really like layering, but a cardi is what I usually wear in summer instead of a jacket if it gets cooler. And on the plane, of course.

  4. Her Hive
    7 June 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Lovely outfits. The cardi goes well with all the outfits. Her Hive

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thank you.

  5. Nicole Mölders
    8 June 2017 / 6:32 am

    Thanks for joining our Ageless Style linkup party. You look awesome in the look with the polka dot skirt. It's my fav.

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thanks, Nicole.

  6. Jessica Jannenga
    8 June 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Love these color on you! The polka dot skirt looks great as well. I am a light packer myself and feel the best way is mixing a matching few pieces.Thanks for linkingjess

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2017 / 8:57 am

      Thanks, Jessica. I prefer to have a rather small wardrobe in general. Sort of a large capsule wardrobe, that's the goal.

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