WIW: for a week away

These are outfits I wore for a week visiting family in the cold Midwest. Travel capsule included 3 tops, 3 pants, 1 pair of leggings, 1 skirt, 3 toppers, 2 pairs of short boots. It could have served for a trip that was twice as long.

The outfits:
1: Dark straight-leg jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Stevie); espresso crew-neck long-sleeved tee (Caslon); taupe heather cashmere shredded-knit shrug (made by me); pewter cutout belt (Fossil); gray moto boots (Frye, Lynn).
2: Wine skinny corduroys (Eddie Bauer); black, red, and gray blurry starry print tee (made by me); black boiled wool bomber with faux-leather sleeves (Halogen); black ornate belt (BedStu); gray moto boots as above.
3: black slouchy skinnies (MosMosh); charcoal, blue, and pink floral silk peasant blouse (made by me); black ornate belt as above; black flat booties (Munro, Lexie).
4: Black leggings (Lysse); black ruched tube skirt (Vince Camuto); black, taupe, and red bias-plaid tee (made by me); wine wool high-low pullover sweater (Eileen Fisher); black flat booties as above.
5: Dark straight-leg jeans; black, taupe, and red bias-plaid tee a; ornate belt ; black bomber jacket; black flat booties, all as above.
6 (not pictured): Dark straight-leg jeans; black crew-neck tee; black ornate belt; wine pullover sweater; gray moto boots.

Items not pictured: Black, gray, and ivory ombre plaid coat; charcoal cashmere beret; charcoal gloves; silver shoulder/cross-body bag with chain detail (bag is in Finds below). For plane travel, I carried a bright blue leather tote instead of the little silver bag.

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome.

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  • AM replied 3 years ago

    What a wonderful travel capsule. I hope you enjoyed the trip. I was really wow-ed by these pictures!

    1 - the belt stands out more than I might like but it definitely works. love the jacket and would also want to see this over top an all black column. I think it might really make it pop. just an idea. I guess i just really love the jacket.
    2 - fabulous (might be my favorite). belt seems so perfect!
    3 - another favorite (can I have more than one favorite? these are all great.)
    4 - love the plaid around the neck. can't see the shoes but would also want to see a great pump with the tights.
    5 - another great look. I might choose a different belt. this has a lot of organic curves up against the plaid -- I might go for something more tailored or neutral.

    Lots of love from me on these! Hope you felt fab.

  • Summer replied 3 years ago

    I love your travel capsule, Firecracker, and you've created some lovely, interesting outfits from it.  I'm glad it worked so well for you.

  • E replied 3 years ago

    What a cool capsule! You look great & it sounds like it all fit in a travel on. Good for you staying warm too on your trip! :)

  • mosiejohnson replied 3 years ago

    A very inspiring capsule - great ideas and fun pics! 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    AM, your suggestions are great. I also like #2 the best, and it felt very much like me. And 3 was a close second.

  • Peri replied 3 years ago

    Please add the top in #3 to my list! Thanks! :)

  • Jjsloane replied 3 years ago

    I'm in love with the plaid peeking out in 4. The belt is showcased beautifully in 1. A nice little bit of boho chic. 

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    What a great travel capsule, firecracker. Love your boiled wool bomber, a fantastic way to add style to a casual comfy outfit. I have to go with 4 as my fav though, I really like the shape of the hi low sweater on you, and the plaid peaking at the neck is a fun touch.

    Question... Do you (or anyone) know if the ruched VC skirts fit the same as the regular tube skirts? Id love to give one a try but have hesitated with sizing.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Your outfits never fail to amaze me. Everything balances cozy comfort and smart casual dressiness so well. My favorite is #4.
    I love the look of those flat black Munro booties. I have a pair of black Munro booties that are so comfortable and wonder if it is too early to spring for another pair (like yours).

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Nice mix! I like how the colors and themes repeats but every outfit is distinct.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Ah, Peri, that is one of my favorite pieces that I've made. Thank you!

    Thanks, Jjsloane! Glad you like the skirt outfit, and I could see you in that plaid t-shirt, actually.

    Elizabeth, I don't know about the skirt sizing. I would guess it's the same, but I don't have the regular tube skirt for comparison. It's the ruching that made this style wearable for me.

    Joy, another fan of the skirt--thank you! The booties are super comfy. I've been wearing them with my Superfeet inserts lately, for heel and arch support. I have the Munro Grace, too, from two or three years ago, and I haven't worn them since I got the Lexie style this year. But I also got another heeled bootie by Paul Green to replace the Grace. Sometimes I want a little bit of heel. You might wait now and see if there is a Munro boot offered during Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, unless you see what you want now, during end-of-season sales.  

  • Krissy replied 3 years ago

    I love all of these looks! You look class, modern, and most importantly comfortable. Number 2 and 4 are my favourites. I hope you had an enjoyable week away!

  • Windchime replied 3 years ago

    Great travel capsule! You had the pieces to create a wide variety of looks, and they are all flattering and on trend. I, too, especially like seeing #4 on you. It's a different silhouette than you typically wear, and looks great on you. Interesting that you could have done another week of outfit creation from this capsule.

  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    Killer travel week! I love every single one of these. The cutaway jacket is awesome in 1 and I die over the plaid bias tee. You look so YOU in all of these--arty, polished and modern. So pretty!

  • Ruth M replied 3 years ago

    Such a stylish travel capsule! My favourites are the same as yours - #2 and #3. Love your starry print tee and your sophisticated peasant (is that an oxymoron?) blouse. (Sophisticated because of the silk fabric and the darkish colours of the print and its placement.)  #4 is gorgeous too - love the curve of plaid showing at the neckline of your high-low pullover. Lovely outfits.

  • Diane G replied 3 years ago

    You had a very fab capsule Sharan! All are fab outfits, with your lovely rich colour palettes. My favourites are 2,4 and 5.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Krissy!
    Shevia and Windchime, thanks for pointing out the variety I managed in the outfits. I hadn't thought much about it. I brought the skirt to look a little dressier, with pieces that were super easy to pack.
    Kelly and Diane, thank you!
    Ruth, I agree with "sophisticated peasant"--I think of it that way, too. And the blurry starry print is one of my favorite prints. I actually have another tee from the same fabric in slightly different colors!

  • Kristin L replied 3 years ago

    Great capsule Sharan! It looks like you put together a lot of fab outfits from it. 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Kristen!

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