I LIVE to travel. However, the only thing I drag about it is packing my outfits. Especially the longer trips with five plus more days, where I have to consider multiple outfits that have to all interchange and work together.
THE BLACK AND WHITE VERSATILITY
The easiest solution I’ve found, is to build a capsule wardrobe. Basically like a mini collection, as if any designer would. I know it’s easy said than done. I’ve had twenty years of fashion design experience and I still find this task gruesome at times. Just keep in mind the key is VERSATILITY.
Firstly, come up with the concept. In this case for travel, it would be the destination factoring in weather and daily activities. Secondly, the color palette. This will help narrow down the pieces even more.
I practiced the capsule wardrobe method, on a recent New York City trip. It was overwhelming, considering it was a work and personal trip. So I needed many outfits doing multiple things. The only solution is to keep things simple. So I experimented with the idea to keep the colors black and white. You guys know I love color, so this was definitely a true testament to my fashion limits.
SHOP SIMILAR LOOKS:
So, I took the challenge and went through all my closets (yes I have more than one because they’re small spaces) and pulled out all the black and white pieces that had texture and pattern. I managed to create a capsule collection including accessories that made multiple outfits. If an item did not create more than one outfit, it was left behind.
You can’t go wrong with the colors black and white, especially in New York City, where black is considered the primary color. To keep it light and spring forward, I brought more white pieces than black.
THE BLACK AND WHITE REVIEW
To be honest, after four days of wearing just black and white, I was dying for some color. On one hand it made dressing in the morning a lot easier. And on the other, it was getting to be a real drab. I realized that I needed color to bring happiness and energy to my life. I even tried posing in front of colorful walls and surroundings to add vibrance to my Instagram feed (see above photo). It helped a little, but didn’t fulfill my fashion needs and emotional well-being.
All in all, it was a fun and educational experiment. I learned that I am a color enthusiast and certainly can’t live without it. It gives me life and reasons to wake up in the morning to stretch my creativity. Color expresses my feelings and no wall can ever take its place.
Would you like to see a video of how I create a capsule collection for my travels? Drop comments below and let me know.
Photography by Jack Davidson