Layers for travelling

Layers for travelling

Based on my recent post capsule wardrobe for a two week spring trip to the South of France. I thought I would demonstrate how I travelled from London to Nice by layering the pieces. Layering in this way has two benefits. Firstly if you start your journey, as I did, travelling early in the morning by tube to City Airport you can add extra layers. It was chilly so I appreciated the sleeveless boiled wool jacket and the light blue cape slung over my shoulders. Secondly it means that you will have more room in your carry on case for extras.  I have to take my computer when I go to France in order to carry on posting on this blog!

Divesting myself of my cape reveals my lightweight black leather coat which I am wearing over my sleeveless wool jacket and pale blue bell sleeve top (sold out similar). The cape also comes in useful to wrap round my shoulders should the air conditioning in the plane create a cold environment. The slip on canvas shoes (similar) are practical and comfortable and will be useful for strolls on the beach.  The navy/light blue silk scarf adds interest and could be worn with a kaftan as a bandeau round my hair (very 60’s).

Revealing the navy sleeveless jacket over my light blue bell sleeve blouse. I have teamed these with dark navy trousers originally from Jaeger some years old (similar)

The final layer for when I arrive to sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Pearl necklace some years old (similar)

This is an example of how layering for travel can work keeping you comfortable during fluctuating temperatures on and off the ground. Feel free to substitute the individual items that will suit your style, shape, colouring and departure and arrival locations.

Airtravel has become commonplace for many of us in this modern world. Whether short or long haul the principal of layering works.




  1. Lisa Abend
    24th April 2017 / 18:38

    Hello, Josephine!

    Warm greetings to you from western Massachusetts, where spring has started to show itself! Thank you so much for this and the other recent article on “capsule” wardrobes. So very inspiring and helpful. I love reading your blog; it’s like having a friend pop up in the inbox and is one of the emails I actually look forward to receiving. 🙂 Blessings on you and your inspiring work in the world; truly.

    • 25th April 2017 / 07:31

      Hi Lisa

      Greetings to you too and so glad that you like my blog. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  2. Christine
    24th April 2017 / 18:41

    Thank you for these ideas for layering for travel. As always you look lovely in blue. I am also a huge fan of blue in all its variety.

  3. Margo
    24th April 2017 / 20:53

    Hi Josephine I love posts like this for ideas. My colouring is warm toned different to you but I could easily incorporate your ideas into my look. I love your short hair it looks so young and fresh. Have a lovely break and don’t do too much work. Margo

    • 25th April 2017 / 07:28

      Hi Margo
      Thanks for your comment. Off this morning to have my hair trimmed as everybody seemed to like it short.

  4. Margaret
    25th April 2017 / 05:34

    Love the layers, but where do you put the pieces you discard as you travel?

    • 25th April 2017 / 07:26

      Hi Margaret
      I either roll the cape into a scarf and sling it round my neck or usually I have room in my suitcase to tuck it down the side. The leather coat is unlined and very light so I would probably just carry that over my arm. If you follow my instagram you will shortly see a photo of me getting off the plane. This time there was as chilly mistral wind blowing so I kept the coat on.

  5. Mary Ann Robison
    27th April 2017 / 15:02

    Love your shorter hair style! And, I also love this travel look – how did you tie that gorgeous scarf, I’d love to know?

    • 27th April 2017 / 18:44

      Thanks for the hair compliment. I knotted the scarf very quickly but have just practiced again with another one. That scarf was quite generous so I rolled it up slung it round my neck, tied a double knot. Then threaded one of the ends through the loop to give it extra bulk.

  6. Aliaster Benjamin
    29th April 2017 / 11:30

    Your Hair style, your dress colour combination and the lovely scarf all are fantastic.

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