My first advantage is that I will be visiting friends and so laundry will not be a problem. As well, in Germany, if needed, I will be able to leave some clothing behind at a friend's home before the river cruise. Having strategic placement of friends through France and Germany will make packing an easy job.
This year black, white and beige will be the base of the travel wardrobe. It's two weeks before we are off but it has been difficult to plan for sunshine when our "Port" has been overcast and rainy for the past two days.
My husband's bone of contention is the "jacket" requirement for the captain's dinner on the river cruise. However, I am hoping that he will have opportunity to wear it more often than that.
For him it's shorts and t-shirts, a pair of blue jeans, his North Face jacket and this time, a "suit" or whatever combo he puts together for a more formal dinner. Shoes will simply be his black leather sandals but now he has to consider taking a pair of loafers.
For me, it's a little more complicated . . .
Wardrobe basics for a Month Away
2 pairs linen pants: one black, one white. I'm leaving behind the camel coloured linen trousers and taking one pair of beige shorts instead.
|Three pairs of linen pants in the necessary colours. Photo by JoyD.|
1 pair skinny jeans
2 pairs knee-length shorts: one black, one beige
5 t-shirts: 2 white, 2 black, one colour (Pantone 2016 Spring Colours: this year for me - peach echo)
2 cotton shirts: 1 black, 1 white
1 black blazer
3 dresses: 1 LBD, 1 geometric print (black & white), 1 floral print (pinks with turquoise)
1 black sport jacket
1 tan all-weather "car coat"
1 shawl (camel cashmere heavier weight)
|Cashmere Shawl (heavy weight) purchased at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver. Photo by JoyD.|
|Square Equestrian Motif Scarf.|
Photo by JoyD.
Pyjama set including t-shirt and capris with bed jacket (functional and modest as a houseguest)
5 pairs of Shoes: my black and white Semler sneakers, beige Jimmy Choos, beige loafers (walking shoes), black loafers, beige sandals and these don't count - rubber flip flops for in-house wear. I will be buying shoes along the way - that is a given.
The loafers with the tassels will be the ones I am taking since the centre ones are now delegated to the garden and the ones on the right are in Canada.
|Three Pairs of Beige Loafers. Photo by JoyD.|
Underwear for 7 days - there will be time and opportunity to wash along the way. Panti-liners also help stretch the wearability. My husband's trick for underwear is to take all that should be thrown away and he does just that - wears it, throws it away and then buys new as he needs.
This is my basic start for packing, I'll let you know what I actually took (with a "wearing" analysis) and what I bought along the way.
|Linen loose top and draw string pants purchased in Italy ages ago. Photo by JoyD.|
And of course, I must take at least 2 Armor-Luxe striped tops, this one which is white and black and another that is black and white.
|Armor-Luxe, white with black stripe pullover. Photo by JoyD.|
The packing has already begun . . .
|Packing my Armor-Luxe striped pullover with my wide leg black linen pants. Photo by JoyD.|
|Purple Lug bag. Photo by JoyD.|
I forgot to talk about other bags . . . and maybe these loafers would be better? What did I say about adding to my basic list?
|Lancel Shopping bag. Photo by JoyD.|
|Lancel mini bag purchased at the Lancel factory outlet store in Romans-sur-Isere. Photo by JoyD.|
I have the jeans, do I really need a skirt?
|Blue jean skirt. Photo by JoyD.|