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Side view of vacation dinner outfit with eShakti lace pencil skirt, BCBG belt, Moda International top, BCBG studded pumps (all own) and wooden sportswatch c/o Jord.

How to create a capsule vacation wardrobe to travel light is a challenge. Use the following questions as a shortcut to ageless vacation style fitting in your carry-on baggage.

Contents
    1. How to Create a Capsule Vacation Wardrobe?
    2. Translating the Answers into Clothes to Pack
      • Climate Is the Mean, but Weather Is What You Get
      • Pack Beachwear for Sunny and Rainy Days
      • What to Wear at the Beach Bar
      • Plan Outfits for Onsite Entertainment
      • The Right Underwear Is Key to Look Posh
      • Dresses Are Easy Quasi-Instant Style
      • Pack Accessories to Up and Change Your Looks
    3. Wear the Heaviest Items on the Plane
    4. Shopping when on Vacation
    5. Vacation Outfit Inspirations by the Ageless Style Linkup Hostesses

 

Updated: 5/15/2022

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How to Create a Capsule Vacation Wardrobe?

Vacation style means dressing on a capsule wardrobe. To create a capsule vacation wardrobe, ask yourself the following questions. Then use your answers to identify which items you will need to cover all possible dressing occasions without over-packing.

  1. What is the climatology for the destination in the month I am going there and what are the temperature and precipitation maxima and minima in that month? Remark: You need to pack for the possible weather range, not the climate mean!
  2. What kind of vacation is it? Beach, sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, road round trip, or country vacation all demand a different type of clothes. Check the links for special tips for suggestions of suitable clothing.
    • How much time will I spend on which kind of activities?
  3. How long will you stay?
  4. Will you shop at the destination? If so, leave extra space in your baggage to not have to pay extra to get it home.
    • Will the shopped items be just for home or part of your vacation wear?
beach vacation sexy top
Zoom in on the back of the Moda International topto show the sexy closure

 

You can find what to pack for Alaska aurora watching and how to pack to look ageless on a dance cruise in these posts.

 

Translating the Answers into Clothes to Pack

To not make this a 5000 word post, let’s assume a 1 week beach vacation, and the following climatology at the destination.  A mean July temperature of 60F (15oC), a mean minimum temperature of 55F (12.8oC), and a mean maximum temperature of 66F (20oC)with a mean precipitation of 2.2 inch (data for Sylt, Germany). The fist thing, you can derive from this data is that you need a cover-up for any early morning and late evening activities.

 

woman in vacation outfit
eShakti lace pencil skirt with BCBG belt, Moda International top, BCBG studded pumps, and wooden sports watch c/o Jord. This outfit serves you well at dinner and at a social dance

 

 

Climate Is the Mean, but Weather Is What You Get

However, you don’t live by mean values, but the actual weather. Therefore, pull the medium range forecast (ECMWF is the best as that’s their specialty). If it is more towards the lower temperature pack more for that, if it is mixed plan for that, and if it is just a hot sunny week go more on the light side, but with a backup outfit on colder side in case of thunderstorms, for instance.

Climate is the mean, but weather is what you get. #quote Click To Tweet

Keep in mind that beach vacations are always at the land-water boundary. Therefore, there can be a sea-breeze during the day and land breeze at night, i.e. it may be windy.

If possible, pack for the expected weather not climate. #vacationstyle Click To Tweet

 

Pack Beachwear for Sunny and Rainy Days

When you spend most of your day at the beach you will need at least two bikinis or swimsuits a day to avoid putting on a wet swimsuit after having lunch. You also want a spare to not wear the same all the time. When you like to play beach volley ball, add a T-shirt or two for that. When you love long beach walks on rainy days, add a long rain jacket and rubber boots/booties to your packing list.

 

What to Wear at the Beach Bar

The drink at the beach bar requires a beach dress/cover-up or a wrap skirt. Style it with a foldable sunhat. Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses. When you shop for beach clothes and swimsuits there are some that filter out UV light. This means your risk of sunburn under your swimsuit/bikini is reduced.

 

Plan Outfits for Onsite Entertainment

When you love to browse the shops and malls along the beach, plan in a sundress. When you spend your evenings at the bar or dancing have a cute party dress in your baggage and some dance suitable shoes.

 

The Right Underwear Is Key to Look Posh

Yes, even on vacation, there are tunderwear issues. That cute party dress, for instance, fails to look cute without the right bra. What’s underneath the clothes is as important because you don’t want your thong to show when you twirl.

 

woman in summer lace skirt and top for the beach or lake promenade on vacation
Halogen quilted leather jacket, eShakti lace pencil skirt, BCBG belt, Moda International top, BCBG studded pumps, and wooden sports watch c/o Jord. Wear the jacket on the plane, and use it as cover-up in the evenings. Leather keeps you comfortable on windy days.

 

Dresses Are Easy Quasi-Instant Style

Dresses are easy quasi-instant style. However, you can get more wear out of your vacation wardrobe when choosing a color scheme. That way you can use a sweater, T-shirt or the cover-up over your dress to style it differently. The T-shirt, or sweater could be worn with the wrap skirt. A large sarong can be styled as cover-up, skirt or dress. You get the idea.

Dresses are perfect vacation style. Click To Tweet

 

Pack Accessories to Up and Change Your Looks

You need a pair of sandals for walks around town and thongs for the pool/beach. To schlep your items (book, sunscreen, towel, beach towel, etc. back and forth you need a cute beach tote which may double as your personal item on the plane.

Speaking of towels, check whether you need to bring your own or whether you can rent them at the hotel. If not, or you prefer your own, take two beach towel and two other towels when the beach is your main place to be.

Accessories up your style also when on vacation. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

The type of jewelry can take a dress from Bohemian to feminine in a minute. The accessories are your key to change your look, and keep things interesting stylewise. They allow you to look different every day with the same few items. See the example below how jewelry changes a look.

 

Wear the Heaviest Items on the Plane

What you wear on the plane should be the heavier items that are on your list for the cool rainy days. This way you keep the weight of your baggage low and avoid overload fees. Here you can find some smart, chic and comfortable travel outfit ideas.

 

Shopping when on Vacation

When you plan to shop at the destination go for a larger baggage than you actually need for your capsule vacation wardrobe. Be aware that you may not find the perfect item that you are looking for. Therefore, never plan an item you do not already own as part of your capsule vacation wardrobe.

If you are planning to also explore the towns and museums in the vicinity pack also something suitable to wear for sightseeing. When you will spend your at a friend’s who lives in a resort, read also about resort style when creating a capsule vacation wardrobe.

 

Vacation Outfit Inspirations by the Ageless Style Linkup Hostesses

Ageless Style Bloggers vacation style

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Ageless Style linkup vacation style

sunprotective beach dress and jacket for a summer capsule vacation wardrobe

mature style vaction look

style over 40 free time outfit

advanced style woman in beach look

fashion over 40 party style

Now let’s party. Please follow your hostesses, visit some of the linked up blogs and spread the word about the party for more Ageless style inspirations.

 

Ana ~ Mrs. American Made bloglovin

Daenel ~ Living outside the stacks blog

Debbie ~ Fashion Fairy Dust

Diane ~ Fashion on the 4th floor blog

Jennie ~ A Pocketful of Polka Dots

Shelly ~ The Queen in Between instagram

Tania ~ 50 Is Not Old blog

Yvonne ~ Funky Forty blog

 

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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