How to create a perfect capsule wardrobe the Cabin Crew way.
The little black dress is the foundation stone for any woman’s wardrobe. It can be worn as a summer dress on a trip or is suitable for an evening out with added jewelry or a pashmina. A white shirt underneath can make this a preppy look for a meeting or just to go shopping!
Who could be without jeans? They can be dressed up with the white shirt or layered with the cashmere jumper or dressed down for sightseeing with the camisole and a pashmina.
The white shirt always looks fresh and smart. It could be worn under the cashmere jumper with jeans or the maxi skirt and even under the black dress or over it tied at the front. It can also be layered with the camisole for a different look with jeans or the maxi skirt. The white shirt can even be used over the bikini as a cover up for the beach.
A white camisole can be worn alone with the jeans or maxi skirt for a casual summer look or dressed up with the white shirt on top. In cooler times, you can layer it with the cashmere jumper for a pretty and chic look.
A cashmere jumper is that little bit of ’luxe’ for those cool nights and always feels dressed up. You can wear it alone with some jewelry or a scarf or with the camisole or shirt underneath for a smart look with jeans or the maxi skirt. The blue makes a nice contrast.
The black maxi skirt can be both airy and chic and great for countries where you may feel the need to cover up. It can be worn with a camisole for a summer day and you can add the pashmina, if you need to cover your shoulders. You can also add the white shirt tied at the waist for a fresh casual look. Cooler days you can layer up the camisole and the cashmere jumper for a smart and chic look.
Beige ballet pumps are a true classic and your feet will thank you for wearing them after a long flight. They are comfortable and stylish and will work with any outfit day or night.
Pashminas are a great accessory so just choose your favourite colour! They are also multi-use and can be worn as a shawl or scarf and are handy to layer up at night or cooler days. You can also use it as a sarong and a make shift bag for the beach!
Pick your favourite bikini any style, shape or colour! Stand out on the beach...
A pair of sunglasses can make a style statement as well as shielding those jet-lagged eyes.
Packing for a trip and for any eventuality is a Cabin Crew specialty. We need to take into consideration what country we are visiting and the local customs and culture. We need to have outfits that will be multi-purpose whether going on a cultural trip, heading to a smart restaurant or suitable for tour around the local markets. As Cabin Crew we still represent the airline that we are working for, so have to keep up the standards and not draw any attention to ourselves by wearing something inappropriate. We want to pack light but be practical and fashionable too and ready for anything as well as saving on packing time.
A capsule wardrobe is a great way of saving space but having a variety of outfits available. The idea is to have the least number of items but to be worn in different ways. These can be adapted for any woman going away for business or pleasure and she will always have the perfect outfit for any occasion! The capsule wardrobe is a godsend to the frequent traveler or the last minute packer.
Neutrals and Fabrics
A good start is to stay with neutral colours that can be easily mixed and fairly classic styles. These can be jazzed up with lightweight items (and easily packed) such as some fancy earrings or a classy bracelet or smart scarf. The best fabrics to use are cotton, silk and wool as they pack well and always adaptable to weather conditions. Linen is another option, although it doesn't pack so well it is forgiving with creases and is cool in the summer. Cotton jersey is great for always surviving the journey and looking good straight out the suitcase.
A top tip is to lay out all items before you pack them and check that you can make a number of outfits and things go together - there is no point packing a floral orange top, if it only goes with one item!
So what are the essential items?
1# A little black dress
2# A pair of jeans
3# A white shirt
4# A white camisole
5# A blue cashmere jumper
6# A black maxi skirt
7# A pair of beige ballet pumps
8# A pashmina in your favourite colour
9# A bikini
10# A pair of sunglasses
Added extras – a pair of fancy earrings, an unusual bracelet and a pretty silk scarf for more variations and they don’t take up much space!