The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

We’re always looking for efficiency, for style, for the best ways to get the most out of life. Why? Well because we want to savour experiences as we live them, without too much fuss, without getting caught up in minutiae – but certainly, and always, with style.

Of course, it has taken us years to develop some of the techniques we now use for ourselves and with our clients to create this kind of ease. And, that’s particularly true when it comes to the necessities of work travel. Surely you remember when work travel was brand new for you? The excitement of being paid to go somewhere new! The jetset feeling of popping in and out of airports and cities where soon you became ‘a regular.’ And all the while, constantly forgetting one thing or another, buying multiples because hey, forgot again! And trying to figure out exactly how to have a robust enough wardrobe while maintaining a carry-on lifestyle but always ending up with the most ‘versatile’ aka boring items in your closet because “black always matches.”

Well, we’re here to shake that up for you. In our post on Airport Style we revealed the simple formula we use to create flattering, comfortable, stylish outfits for the days when you’re actually in travel-mode.

Here, we’ll expand on those principals and create The Ultimate Work/Travel Wardrobe Capsule you’ve ever packed!

Admittedly, travel dressing is easiest when the base of your wardrobe is comprised of neutrals. Everything works together creating a near infinite number of combinations and permutations that can take you from meetings to dinner to sight seeing with minimal stress or effort.

That said, and although we do love it, black is not the only option. We repeat: black is not the only option for your travel/work wardrobe.

Step 1- Create your base

Creating a base using two neutrals will provide more interest, more versatility, and result in a more thoughtful looking (and equally easy) wardrobe.

Depending on their undertone, all neutrals can play well together, so take a peek in your closet and see which ones you already have and try mixing and matching a few to see what we mean.

Some ideas…

Check it out! All beautiful combinations that can create looks that move seamlessly from office to evening, or from networking to social. Whether your personal style is classic and traditional, elegant and stately, edgy and strong, seductive and sexy, or casual and sporty, using two of these neutrals for your main wardrobe pieces is a piece of cake.

Step 2- Add in that personality element that makes it You

Personality can come from design, colour, and accessories. And in the case of a week-long wardrobe in which you’ll be likely to repeat a few pieces, colour and accessories give a tonne of extra mileage.  

We limit ourselves to one accent colour that we ribbon through our layering pieces and accessories. It keeps the capsule tight while giving a theme to a four-day week.

Step 3- Figuring out that perfect carry-on combo

And, finally, we want everything to fit into a carry-on bag, right? There’s nothing more annoying than being held up at the carousel waiting…waiting…*yawn*…waaaaaiiiiiting when all you want to do is get into the car and to the hotel or office.

Packing in a carry-on means bringing as few actual items of clothing as possible and getting the most out of them. We pack a four-day trip with the following:

  • 2 bottoms
  • 3 tops
  • 2 jackets
  • 1 dress
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • A bunch of accessories (unlimited!)

If you’re dedicate to being up in the gym, workin’ on your fitness a la Fergie, we applaud you and add in exactly 1 workout outfit and pair of sneakers.

We assume you’ll wear one of the outfits on your travel days.

Ready to see it in action?

Let’s say we have a capsule in which we’re using camel and cream as our base… and red as our accent colour (because hey, why not?  ‘Tis the season after all!).

Our Favourite Cool Weather Capsule:

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