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For three weeks this summer we visited our families in Washington (where we’re originally from) and also flew up to Alaska for a week to stay with cousins. To make traveling and flying easier I decided to put together a capsule wardrobe.

At the beginning of the trip I wrote a post about my capsule and what I included and why. You can read it here. I also wrote a couple of detailed posts about three of the outfits:

In this post I want to share what I learned from that experience, and what I would change in the future.

To start off, here is a collage of most of the outfits I created over the course of my vacation. If you would like to see more details for each outfit check out my Instagram.

Things I Liked:

  • It was really great having a small amount of clothing. There was less to keep track of as we went from place to place, and it all fit in a weekender bag so air travel was a breeze.
  • I loved every piece I took, so there was nothing that I didn’t want to wear.
  • My chambray button up doubled both as a layer and as a top all by itself. I didn’t consider that when I packed it, so that was a nice bonus.

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • I got bored of wearing the same clothes after 3 weeks.
  • I didn’t pack real pants (like jeans) or a warm layer other than my trench coat, and Alaska was colder than I thought it would be. No kidding right? The week we were there was chilly and rainy, so I was cold a lot.
  • I only wore the dress twice, so it felt like a wasted item. Other than two family events, I never felt like I was going anywhere nice enough to wear it.
  • Even though I was able to create a unique outfit everyday, I still felt like they all looked kind of the same.

What I Will Do Differently

  • I will pack a pair of jeans instead of an extra pair of shorts.
  • I will pack something warmer for when I get chilly.
  • I will pack less neutrals and more colors. I think this will help me from feeling like every outfit is identical. This will make mixing and matching more difficult, but I think if I put the time into planning I can do it.
  • I will pack a higher top to bottom ratio. I think having more tops will help keep me from getting bored of them.
  • I will pack a more versatile dress. One that is easier to dress both up and down so I get more wear out of it.

Overall I really enjoyed my capsule wardrobe experiment, and with a few changes I think it will be even better. I’m planning on using my experiences to create a fall season capsule wardrobe and write about it, so be sure to follow my blog and my Instagram for updates!

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? What did you like about it? What do you think I should include in my fall capsule?

Linkups: Garay Treasures, Epic Mommy Adventures, Shopping my Closet, Elegantly Fashionable, Sharing Life’s Moments, The Pleated Poppy, Posh Classy Mom, Living on Cloud Nine, Jersey Girl Texan Heart, Shelbee on the Edge, Classy Yet Trendy, The Mummy Chronicles, Fine Whatever

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