Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suitcase OCD

I'm going to share with you something that I have never done before: obsessively plan a wardrobe for a trip. In an effort to pack more efficiently, I've actually planned out twelve outfits using a fixed number of interchangeable pieces. And, because I love seeing those "Twelve pieces for a month of fashion" pictures on Pinterest, I decided to make my own!


Before I started I decided that comfort was the main priority, which means loose-fitting.

Since I still break a sweat at the drop of the hat, they needed to lightweight and layer-able.

Shape-wise, I needed tops that would cover my tummy. :-(

I had the luxury of not having to plan for any fancy occasions or business engagements, so I could stick with casual. However, I did want to have a little flair, and I wanted an option or two that would be suitable for an evening dinner out.

I also checked the weather forecast for the Netherlands. (It's too far out for any degree of reliability for Switzerland, I think.)

We arrive on the 19th and depart on the 24th for Switzerland.
Not surprisingly, there's a good bit of rain in the forecast, so I'll be bringing an umbrella, but it looks like I won't need heavier clothes.

Here's what I have decided on.


From top to bottom, left to right:
  • A loose-fitting, very lightweight printed, long-sleeve shirt
  • A faux-wrap, sleeveless T-shirt
  • A moss green tunic
  • [A long-sleeved faux-wrap blouse] After reviewing my outfit options, I decided that this element was redundant, so I won't be bringing it. 
  • A black camisole or tank top (not shown)
  • A silk tunic in a dramatic print
  • A grey cotton shawl-collar sweater (I used to have the same sweater in black. I wish I still did.)
  • A brown leather biker jacket
In truth, a tidier person could get by with only the one white top, but I am planning for calamity.


The black square in the middle represents black leggings.
Left to right:
  • Grey "jeggings" (I know, I know; but they look really cute!)
  • Black leggings (no picture)
  • Boot-cut jeans

Scarves can be a god-send if you, like me, have a knack for spilling coffee (or toothpaste, or chocolate, or, well, ANYTHING) on your chest. They also work really well to tie an outfit together. (When they aren't around my neck, they can be tied to my purse strap.

Left to right:
  • Loose, very light cotton scarf
  • Large, square silk scarf
  • Large, burn-out velvet lined shawl (too big to wear as a scarf)

Unfortunately, the shoes I had bought specifically for the this trip have caused blisters, so they will be staying home. Instead I'm bringing my tried-and-true running shoes and a pair of black leather flats for slightly dressier occasions. (I also like slip-ons at airports in order to move through the security line quickly.)


1. Grey ties this outfit together, but the splash of lavender keeps it from being boring. Lots of layers to add or remove as temperature requires.

2. A flattering, loose-fitting top with an optional sweater.

3. The tunic top is actually longer than it appears, and makes a cute slightly dressy option.

4. Another dressy option. 

5. Back to casual, with lots of layers (sometimes even the scarf is too hot). Can wear this on days when rain is not expected.

6. Relaxed, slightly rocker chick. (As "rocker" as you'll ever see me, unless you're talking about a rocking chair.)

7. Almost the same as option 1, but with the blue jeans and the scarf with the blue tones in it.

8. This option uses the silk tunic as a jacket, unbuttoned to show the tank top underneath.

9. Layering the two tunics (silk one unbuttoned) with the black leggings spells dressed-up comfort.

The interesting thing is that by doing this, I actually eliminated three tops that I had planned to bring. I'll be gone for two weeks; I think this packing list gives me plenty of options.


  1. I am such an over packer. I totally dress by mood - not activity most of the time. And I always have that idea of "I don't know what I will feel like wearing." Although, I think that it is mostly due to the fact that I really have not gone shopping in a big way for almost 10 years. seriously. just odd items here and there - no real "wardrobe" I suppose you'd say.
    gosh, that's pathetic! LOL

    1. That's how I usually am! Just pack a bunch of things that I like. Then add a few more just in case. Then realize I've forgotten something essential (like, oh, underwear!), or have neglected to take the weather into consideration, and then end up shopping at my destination anyway. I am optimistic that this OCD binge might inhibit some of that.


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