I've barely unpacked and it's time to repack and head off on another adventure. With all the movement and a conscious effort to accumulate fewer, but better quality things I've become smarter with what I pack and buy. This year I've invested in more basics than statement pieces. My collection of striped tops has steadily grown (I buy my favourites here) and has made travelling and getting ready a lot easier. They are effortless and can be dressed up or down easily. I've been considering the red breton from Popbasic but haven't committed as yet, only because I just don't wear red (remember you can get $15 off on your next Popbasic purchase by using this link). I'll spend between $30-$50 on my breton tops. They aren't overly expensive but I definitely get a lot of mileage out of them.
This travel cardigan was a fantastic investment. It's a cardigan that can be worn a few different ways. It's lightweight but warm and is made from Merino wool. I have it in black and this fossil colour. I can wrap it around my neck like a scarf and even use it as a blanket. It can be tricky to photograph but it's become my travel must have. This travel cardigan is by Australian designers 4Minutes33 and costs around $250, a little pricey but well worth saving your pennies for.
I tend not to wear dresses a lot but sometimes the work I do and the cultural settings I work in make it necessary to swap the pants and shorts for dresses. I've recently worn a couple of dresses by Australian designer Leina Broughton and the feedback I got from people was encouraging! The cut of her clothes is impeccable and she doesn't compromise on the quality of the fabric she uses. I've dropped hot chocolate down the front of one of the dresses and was able to wipe it off with a dry tissue without leaving a trace. The fabric is perfect for travel - they roll up easily, don't need ironing and can be steamed by hanging them in the bathroom while you shower for a refresher. Her clothes sell at around the $250 mark or lower, but they have great sales - read $50-$80 for the dresses. While it might be a little pricey for some, the fabric is of great quality but it's still easy to launder and isn't precious (again - hot chocolate down the front, but all was well).
Cuyana - this is where my dedication and commitment to 'fewer better things' this year stems from. In a small step towards fewer better quality things I swapped my numerous cheap travel cases for this Cuyana travel case set ($95). Having purchased this travel case set I've had to re-think what I lug around when I travel. This in itself has helped me throw out numerous products and once again focus on the 'essentials'. I've been honest and gentle with myself in this process though. Creating a lean wardrobe isn't something that can happen overnight for me. It's taking time and is on-going. I do find that having to travel really helps you put into perspective what you need, what you use, and what you don't need. With each trip I'm paying attention to what I use and what I don't and those items I find myself wishing I had. It's certainly telling me a lot about the 'gaps' in my wardrobe.
What are your travel must haves?
Do you feel like you have your style sorted, or is it something that's still evolving?