Is there something you always take with your when you travel?
It probably depends on where you’re going, but I bet there’s something that you consider essential, for one reason or another.
For me, this outfit epitomises everything I need in a good a holiday wardrobe. Just to be clear, I’m referring to a holiday in a sub-tropical location in winter (i.e. my recent trip to Madeira). In other words, it’s not warm enough for beachwear (and I never go to the beach anyway), but mild enough for t-shirts. However, the evenings are a bit chilly, so some sort of a light cover-up is necessary. And there’s going to be a lot of walking…
So, let’s start with the shoes: good for walking, with thick soles. This is a no-brainer, especially in a place such as Madeira, with all those steep stairs and hills. And that’s just if you plan to stay in the city; levada walks would require a whole other set out footwear. But we’re not going there: I’m a city girl, and I know nothing about hiking.
Next, the poncho. I have this exact same piece in no less than 3 shades of red, in blue, white and in purple plaid. I always take one with me when I go to Madeira (which is usually this time of the year, so by now I have quite a good idea of what I need to pack). The woollen poncho is lightweight but warm, so I wear it instead of a cardigan during the day (if it’s cooler) and instead of a coat in the evening (when the temperature drops).
And the rest of my travel wardrobe?
Well, you’re looking at it. I mean, most of what I pack is just variations of this outfit: lot’s of t-shirts, lightweight trousers, a few pairs of sunglasses and a bag big enough for the camera. That’s what I was wearing most of the time.
Of course, I also pack a few items that can be dressed up for more festive or formal occasions, some jewellery, and maybe a wildcard just to spruce things up a bit. And yes, I will post all of the above, in due course.
Why not just have one travel wardrobe post and show you all of it at once? Well, for starters, it would be quite a long blog post (and I don’t like them). And second, distributing my travel wardrobe over several (yes, plenty more to come) blog posts allows me to arrange my photos thematically. You know, something casual, something festive, something mixing casual with festive…
Not to mention that, sartorially speaking, January is really boring. I don’t know about you, but this is when I start getting tired of all my winter clothes. And to think that we still have 3 months of winter left (at least)! So, posting my travel wardrobe in instalments allows me to both relive the lovely holiday and anticipate spring, which at this point seems so far away.
poncho: Marja Kurki / t-shirt: J.Crew (old) / trousers: Noom /
bag: Coach / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / shoes: Marimekko
What are your travel wardrobe essentials?
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