How to maximise a capsule holiday wardrobe

Scarf with black trousers Wales 2015



How to maximise a capsule holiday wardrobe. Due to all the warm outerwear I had to pack for my recent trip to Wales I had very few pieces to dress up for a relaxed diner at a local pub.

By the end of the week when the sun returned I was feeling that I needed a touch of colour.  Scarves are the heroes of the travelling wardrobe. They are easy to pack as they roll into a ball and squish down the sides of the suitcase.  Yet they can completely transform the look of an outfit.

Here I experimented with draping a large cotton scarf round a black jumpsuit and then fastening it with a narrow belt. You could just as easily drape the scarf over a matching pair of trousers and a top. Keep the background garments neutral and in a contrasting colour.


I am wearing a cotton scarf that I bought recently from St. Tropez market. The scarf needs to be reasonable large to create the same effect.

Nordstrom have a good selection of scarves

Liberty also have some fantastic scarves


I am sure you have great tips for extending a capsule travel wardrobe. Please do share them.









  1. Susan (une femme)
    4th August 2015 / 12:55

    What a gorgeous scarf, Josephine! Great find.

  2. jodie filogomo
    4th August 2015 / 14:14

    I’m a believer in a scarf for travel (it’s my next week’s theme—ha ha…you read my mind!!). This color is great on you! jodie

  3. Lynn
    4th August 2015 / 15:05

    Definitely scarves, and a few safety pins in case you need to wear them as a skirt or top (as I have after getting drenched in coffee). Also, a tunic dress you can wear as a skirt with a top, and as a top under a skirt (A lines are good for this.) If the dress is dressier the top or skirt can dress it down for the day and be removed for the evening. A small bag of necklaces also extends the capsule. My other favorite is a thin thermal long sleeved scoop necked top I can wear alone, or under, dresses and tops.

    • 5th August 2015 / 08:11

      Hi Lynn
      I definitely agree with the thermal top and I will remember safety pins next time, the large old fashioned nappy pin ones are the best.

  4. Nini
    4th August 2015 / 17:47

    Josephine, you’re far too lovely, too chic to wear the scarf in that manner. You look less then your usual chic – too puffy even if the colours are great!

  5. Lynn
    5th August 2015 / 12:16

    How about keeping the scarf in the belt on the left side, but fold the right side back over the left shoulder to frame your necklace?

    • 5th August 2015 / 12:52

      Thank Lynn I think that is a good idea. I will try it.

  6. Linda Kerr
    5th August 2015 / 15:04

    I agree with what Nini so tactfully said. It could be more flattering worn another way.

  7. Kari
    7th August 2015 / 01:18

    I think your look is adventurous …. one of many reasons I love your blog!

    • 7th August 2015 / 09:09

      Thank Kari. It was a bit of an experiment.

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