After three years of marriage Mike and I have finally taken a honeymoon! Call us rebels but we decided to start our family a few years before we made the marriage part official. When we tied the knot on October 10th, 2015, Abigail was only 6 months old and still nursing, so a honeymoon was out of the question. Fast forward a few years, Audrey is 6, Abigail is 3 and Mommy’s got the travel bug. After not so discreetly sending daily Paris pictures to Mike on Instagram for a few weeks, he got the message and suggested we go on a trip (smart guy eh?). Since Mike had already been to Paris, he suggested we split the trip between Paris and his favorite European country; Amsterdam. I was happy to oblige this request as I had never there before either.
When I started planning my wardrobe for this trip a few weeks before we left, I knew I wanted to pack a fairly minimalist “Travel Capsule Wardrobe” (we only had one checked bag between the two of us) but I wanted to make sure that I would have as many outfit options as possible within the limited selection of items I brought.
(for more detailed information check out my two related posts on Travel Wardrobe Planning Tips & Style Hacks For Amazing Travel Looks)
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The majority of the items I chose for my recent trip to Amsterdam, were my “favourites” (items of clothing) that I had been wearing in a regular rotation. I chose a fairly neutral colour palette to allow for a lot of interchangeability between the pieces. I brought mostly black and white tees. I brought my white Display Rules 1 in 5 tee, my white BBxCollection “Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$” tee and my black BBxCollection “Let Sh*t Go tee” (sorry no longer available)
with my peach Adidas tee thrown into the mix. (PS. For 15% off your order use code ERIN15 or sign up for their newsletter to receive 25% off your first order **I am now a brand ambassador for BBxCollection because they are awesome, so I want to thank you for supporting me and this Ottawa brand with your purchase)
To keep things interesting and on trend while I was in Amsterdam, I added two leopard print pieces, my long leopard ZARA skirt and my leopard shift dress by Alfred Sung, in my eyes these are neutrals and can be paired with any colours. The only other pattern I added was a plaid blanket scarf which was honestly one of the best items I brought on the trip.
The bottoms I chose were simple as well, one pair of blue Levis skinnies, one pair of black, cropped Old Navy skinnies and one pair of black leggings by Sweetlegs. For warmth, I brought my pink Adidas sweatshirt and beige Guess knit sweater. Lastly, I brought my black, GUESS off-the-shoulder dress for them fancy occasions.
The footwear game was simple, gold GEOX sneakers and brown, ALDO Chelsea boots. I could’ve gone with more colour in my shoes because my outfits were very neutral but I chose to insert colour with my accessories instead. Accessories for this trip were a minimalists dream; my thrifted, gold chain necklace, my black and gold Berg + Betts watch, my gold Erin bracelet, my white & black Rebecca Minkoff scarf, my cream, Coach clutch and my red, Ralph Lauren bucket bag (such and amazing choice for a carry on!)
The best part of these items were their interchangeability, we had the ability to wash clothing in our accommodations so I was able to re-wear most items in a different combination. One of the best things for me about going to a new city is shopping. When I got to a new place and go shopping, I try to go to places that are unique, somewhere I couldn’t shop in Ottawa, where I’m from. Amsterdam had an amazing amount of vintage shops, and since thrifting and vintage are definitely on my radar these days, I was all over it.
This wardrobe was perfect for the weather on this trip, which was on the warmer side during the day but cooler in the morning and at night. During this trip, I added three new items to my collection, I can definitely tell my shopping habits have changed based solely on this low number. The first item was a vintage, cream, cable-knit cardigan from Rumours Vintage, the second was a hounds tooth, menswear inspired, wool coat from Mango and the third was a dark green, silk blouse with floral embroidery detail from Sézane (this was a brand I had been really anticipating visiting, they had a limited selection at the department store location we visited, it was a zoo and I waited in line for quite a time to purchase said blouse but it was so worth it.)
Having now traveled with an unplanned wardrobe and a planned, minimal Capsule Wardrobe I would take the less is more approach every time. What’s your travel packing style? Have you every tried a travel wardrobe? Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Let me know in the comments below.
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