Yesterday’s post about outlet malls and scarves has gotten me thinking about the importance of accessories and color in outfits, especially when traveling.
For my trip to Carmel I opted to keep my basic color scheme black. I always choose black or brown, keeping my shoes, bags, and accessories in one color family so everything goes together and I can mix and match if unanticipated wardrobe needs arise.
Accent pieces break up the basics and make things more versatile, totally change the same outfit with 3 different accents (scarf, bag, earrings, necklace, colored t, shoes, etc). For this trip I had black yoga pants for driving and hiking, dark jeans for evening, and white, black, and grey tops and sweaters. I also brought a purple mid-layer henley and a leopard print silk scarf. My jewelry was both silver and gold, tied together by black stones. For footwear I took my black and cobalt Merrell’s for hiking, and black mid calf Corso Como boots for everything else. My black Tory Burch handback with a black wallet that can double as a clutch topped it off
In the past I’ve used similar organization with cognac (my favorite shade of brown) shoes and bag, and coordinating basics with just a few bright or patterned pieces that spice things up. This method keeps me from bringing more than 3 pairs of shoes (flip flops don’t count!) on any trip. I by no means developed this, you’ll find similar advice in all kinds of places, but as we all do, I’ve adapted it to suit my needs.
What are your favorite packing tips?