|outfit for breakfast downstairs in the inn on our first morning|
Before i begin, i recommend the Four Sister's Inns in the Monterey area unconditionally. Great to amazing old houses, lovingly restored, lots of yummy food, and really really really nice staff. After we'd forgotten our cell phone, Honey and Ivy especially went above and beyond when i needed to contact my mom about a doctor appointment result. Mom's fine (yay!). And i suggest you check out the Four Sister's Inns - Gosby House and Green Gables. (No, they didn't pay me.)
|out walking and harbor seal watching on an overcast but mild day|
Here's the top half of the story:
left to right: straw hat, grey floral scarf, leather bomber jacket, khaki jean jacket, black alpaca cardigan, white ruffle tunic, black lace cami, black ruffle tunic, white lace tank, black lace tank, leather hat.
And here's the bottom half of things:
left to right: leather heels, cotton black and white print skirt, white/ecru petticoat, gray wash jeggings, grey wooly tights, grey over the knee socks, ecru knit over the knee socks, black nylon stockings (i photo'd my brown ones since my black are in the wash!), khaki sneakers. Missing: Smartwool socks: oatmeal with coral floral pattern.
|ready to head out for pizza (with the addition of leather jacket) our second night.|
tank, tunic, cardi tied at hi waist, jeggings, heels and smartwool socks.
Packing pieces at different places on the casual/dressy scale increases your options as well. In this example, i can pair a romantic skirt with the lacy, crocheted sweater over a ruffled tunic and heels for a very dressy, festive look. I can pair the jeggings with a tank and jean jacket and sneakers for a pulled-together yet totally casual ensemble. Mix the items of these two outfits as you please for looks that fall in between all dressed up and just kickin' around. To take advantage of this approach to flexibility, make sure to include a top and a bottom piece that go with your capsule but fall on the opposite end of the casual/dressy scale from the bulk of your travel wardrobe.
I include this last outfit, not because it is fabulous, stylish, or compelling (although it is very warm, which is important on the coast!). I include it because of the comment it generated as i strolled along Monterey's touristy Cannery Row late on our first night away.
|the 'cowgirl' wore black stockings, not brown. this is a dramatic recreation based on actual events.|
Next up: a little more on creating your own clothing capsules for travel, lightening the makeup load, and a peek into my undies drawer.