In July, I packed up two suitcases and flew to Kansas City, Missouri. I only had a placeholder return ticket. With so many loved ones in the midwest, I decided to live out the rest of “pandemic summer” closer to them. I’ve done semesters abroad, and lived in Europe for the past two summers. So, packing for a long trip isn’t foreign to me.
What I packed for my 3-month trip
This time around, I brought a good amount of lounge clothes (because I’m not really going anywhere). But, I also brought along unique pieces that were too beautiful to shelve. Take a look at what I packed below.
Earlier this year, I put together a spring capsule wardrobe which was essentially a list of my work-from-home fashion favourites. Now that it’s too hot for so many knits, I scaled back and added more tank tops and t-shirts. That being said, Americans keep their homes so cold! That’s why I still have a lot of pants and long-sleeve shirts here.
Curious about anything on this list? Here’s the rundown.
- Workout wear + swimwear
I packed a good amount of workout wear on this trip as a way to manifest my desire to get more fit. It’s only half working 🙃. Pieces include workout tanks, bras, leggings, as well as a workout dress for throwing over a swimsuit or for those really hot sweaty days. Some of my favourite pieces are from Outdoor Voices (get $20 off here). My favourite swimwear right now is hands down YouSwim. I’m just waiting for a restock to get another colour bikini.
- Tanks and tops in multiple colours
I’m a creature of habit and when I like something, I get it in a few colours. This summer, that means soft, boxy t-shirts. Right now my fave t-shirts are from Mott & Bow. The 50% Tencel makes them SO soft.
- Casual clothing with a happy twist
A good chunk of my summer clothes are serious: black and beige trousers, leather sandals in neutral colours, and streamlined tops. That’s the combined result of my personal style and living in a French city. But this year, I’ve been branching out to include more whimsical items, like my favourite tie dye shirt from American TyeDye. I also love these bright red paisley sandals from Freedom Moses. Along with some good old Levi’s denim, I’m all set.
- Stand out dresses and skirts
Dresses are some of the best all-in-one outfits. Basically no styling required 😂. I packed a couple of these pieces that do all the talking. It’s also a good way to wear things that feel special, even if nothing special is happening right now.
On my list from top to bottom in the image above: STAUD shook sweater, Joseph gingham dress (similar here), Red linen dress, Stine Goya satin skirt, white denim dress,