The Everygirl’s Carry-On Capsule Wardrobe

As someone who loves clothes and has a lot of them, being a fashion editor is a dream job. However, it has made me a chronic over-packer when I travel. I used to pack multiple outfits for each day of my trip and end up lugging around a heavy bag. But I realized that my packing habits needed to change. I challenged myself to pack for a trip with just a carry-on.

To achieve this, I needed a strategy that allowed me to pack light without sacrificing style. I developed a mini capsule wardrobe formula that would work for every trip. This formula involves selecting versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched in different ways to create various outfits. The goal is to have a concise, curated set of clothes that can take you anywhere you need to go when you travel.

Following this formula has enabled me to replace my checked bags with just a carry-on, and if I can do it, anyone can.

The formula

When packing my carry-on, I carefully follow this formula to create a mini capsule wardrobe that works for all aspects of my trip. The key is to ensure that everything packed can be mixed and matched seamlessly, allowing for maximum outfit combinations. Before choosing what to pack, I consider the activities I’ll be doing and the expected temperatures, selecting pieces that suit my planned activities and the climate.

  • 4 shirts (including a versatile button-up for layering)
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 dress
  • 2 bags (a large tote for the plane and a small bag)
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 3 pairs of shoes (comfortable for walking, dressy, and casual)

The capsule

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To go sightseeing

For a day of sightseeing, comfortable white sneakers paired with tailored shorts, a ribbed white tank, and a stylish bag are the perfect combination for long walks and endless compliments.

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On a date

A versatile dress that can be dressed up or down is ideal for a destination date. Pair it with the right accessories to suit the weather and the destination.

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For walking around town

Relaxed denim shorts, a loose-fitting tee, retro sunnies, and a straw tote are perfect for a casual day of exploring local spots. Complete the look with comfortable Birkenstocks to ensure comfort while walking.

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To go out to dinner

A pair of platform sandals paired with denim and a versatile blouse is perfect for more elevated occasions during the trip. Complete the look with a stylish bag and you’re all set.

[Image of dinner outfit]

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