Travelling with a Capsule Wardrobe: Sustainable Style on the Go. We’ve all been there, arriving at the airport check-in, dragging that oversized suitcase and praying it’s below the weight limit. You might have overpacked and now dread the embarrassment of holding up the queue of eager travellers as you at least try to distribute your luggage or end up wearing two winter coats and a pair of mittens in a cramped aeroplane.
Well, here is how to avoid clothing overload for your next travelling adventure.
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits, meaning that clothes are selected to be worn interchangeably, ultimately reducing the need for a large wardrobe of garments and promoting a more sustainable approach to fashion.
Before your trip, take some time to plan your outfits and create a capsule wardrobe.
Think of practicality; where are you going? Is it hot? Is it rainy? Do you plan on sightseeing in sub-zero temperatures?
Choose timeless and versatile pieces that can be easily combined to create different looks and stick to a colour palette that can be easily mixed and matched, such as neutrals like black, white, grey, and beige.
The goal is to pack light and avoid overpacking.
Be mindful of the number of items you bring and resist the urge to throw in extra pieces “just in case.” Stick to your pre-planned wardrobe, and remember that you can always do laundry during your trip if needed.
Stick to the essentials
Focus on packing essential items that can be styled in various ways. For example,
If you are heading to the heat, pack versatile basics like a linen shirt, a black dress, a pair of shorts, and a light blazer.
If you are flying into the frost, then think about packing a good pair of jeans, a wool sweater and a windproof jacket.
These pieces can be dressed up or down and combined with different accessories to create different outfits.
Quality Over Quantity
Investing in high-quality, durable clothing items that will last longer is important when travelling with a capsule wardrobe.
Choose well-made garments that are made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, or recycled fabrics.
Prioritise ethical and sustainable brands that align with your values and are made for the environment and climate you intend to visit.
STUDIO EVA D’s Unisex Caftan Mille Fleurs is perfect for those hot climates and great for layering on those brisk nights.
Made with flexible cotton fabric, it is a perfect, versatile item to add to your portable, sustainable capsule wardrobe.
Opt for multifunctional pieces
Choose clothing items that serve multiple purposes. Travelling for business or a formal occasion?
Then think about packing a tailored blouse made from a sustainable material like Tercel or organic silk and pair it with natural-coloured trousers, a skirt and layer with a blazer or structured jacket.
Considering multifunctional outfits when travelling with a capsule wardrobe is an excellent way to make the most of your clothing whilst minimising your environmental impact.
For more tips on layering, check out our blog ‘How to Master the Art of Layering for Year-Round Style’
With a capsule wardrobe, the goal is to pack light and avoid overpacking. Avoid packing multiple items that serve the same purpose or have a similar style. Versatile pieces can fulfil an array of functions, ultimately reducing unnecessary bulk in your luggage. The organisation of your items can not only reduce the chances of overpacking but can help you locate specific items and keep your luggage tidy throughout your trip.
Travelling with a capsule wardrobe reduces your environmental impact and simplifies your travel experience. It lets you focus on enjoying your trip rather than stressing about what to wear. Sustainable style on the go is all about conscious choices and making the most of the clothing items you have.
It’s important to also bear in mind that luggage contributes to the weight of a plane, ultimately increasing the plane’s fuel consumption. So, by travelling with a capsule wardrobe, you are not only doing yourself a favour with minimalist style on the go but also creating a sustainable method of travel!
Wear what you love. Cherish it, and it lasts a long time.
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