Tomorrow, I’m flying to Atlanta to see my family and I’ll be there until Monday. As you know – or may not if you’re new – I struggle with packing EVERY time I travel. I get quite anxious, always worried that I won’t have what I want to wear at that moment (I’m an emotional dresser), that I won’t be warm enough, that I won’t be comfortable, or that I forgot something. Most of the time, my packing fears never come to pass, but because I’m so obsessive about what I’m wearing I will worry about it long after I’m finished packing and until I get on the plane tomorrow.
This time, I decided I was going to try packing all in one color (black), thinking that would solve at least some of my problems deciding what to bring. It does and it doesn’t. Part of what I love about my wardrobe is that everything goes together because everything is either white, black or gray; I never have to worry about colors clashing (god forbid!!!), or what to wear with what. So deciding pieces to bring based on color isn’t really the issue for me, it’s more about the shapes and styles of what I bring, and will I have enough variety to keep me sartorially satisfied while I’m away from my larger closet.
So, as I was going through my clothes and playing dress-up (highly recommended!!) the other night trying to figure out what to take, I decided that this trip, I was just going to do the drapey-slouchy-oversized thing and stick with leggings and long tops/sweaters. But that also made me anxious (sticking to just ONE silhouette for 6 days), and so I’m going to bring my James Perse canvas pants along for the ride to give some variety – and warmth if need be.
Basically, here’s what my monochromatic travel wardrobe looks like:
What I’ve packed:
Splendid Long sleeve black layering tee
Splendid thermal raglan sleeve top (gray)
Splendid thermal cowl neck (charcoal gray)
James Perse black long sleeve tee
H&M black chiffon tunic
Splendid layering cami
Everlane black ryan tank
So Low mini dress
Of course you’ll notice that there are a few non-black pieces in there. If I had those specific items in black, I would bring them instead, but I don’t, and I wanted to bring those specific SHAPES, so there they are. And maybe I also chickened-out at the last minute and couldn’t do ALL black. Seriously – I’m tempted to throw a white t-shirt in there!
I’ve already taken outfit pictures of everything and will post them daily, but this is pretty much it. I’m going to try NOT to add anything or adjust any of these items as I pack tonight, but of course, I can’t guarantee anything. If it turns out I have TONS more room in my carry-on, I may throw a few more things in there, like some slouchy pants, a long dress, a short James Perse t-shirt dress, and my cashmere blanket 😉
FYI, my carry-on is this small Heys hard case with a section for my laptop in the front. It’s very small, so I’m forced to be very careful about what I bring, but since I’m traveling alone, it’s literally the only bag I can comfortably lift into the overhead bin. And I tend to also get very anxious when I travel, mostly about getting to my seat and being able to get my bag in an overhead bin, so it’s essential that my bag will fit anywhere, and be easy to lift.
So there you have it. I feel good. We’ll see how I feel once I start packing! Of course, I’ll update you on what, if anything, I added or subtracted from my list above, and how it all worked out for me in the end. Could you do it? Construct a travel wardrobe with all one color?