What to pack for three days in the countryside

What to pack for three days in the countryside

What to pack for three days in the countryside. Planning a capsule wardrobe for three days away with friends in the countryside at this time of year is very tricky. The weather can be mercurial to say the very least. Plenty of layers are the only answer. I have kept to three colours for my tops, lilac, pink and white. All of these will coordinate well with my neutral jeans and trousers. I have included several scarves that will work for the day and evening. My green anorak (about 10 years old originally from J.Crew). They still offer a good selection of similar jackets here. It will deal with any showers and wind.

My shoes consist of my walking boots and lilac, grey and white trainers by New Balance (new this season). I have added my silver bally flats from MarksandSpencer. They are so comfortable and can be worn day or evening. Their new season’s version is available here. I am tempted to order a pink pair.

Minster Mill Hotel The Cotswold

How my capsule wardrobe panned out and what I wore during our three-night stay at the Minster Mill Hotel in Minster Lovell.

First day:

What to pack for three days in the countryside

My leopard print shawl is originally from St.Tropez market. Straight-leg jeans Levi.

Purple cashmere cardigan hat and jeans

I wore my jeans quite a lot over the three days as they were very practical for walking in the surrounding fields. Teamed here with my chunky walking boots and my purple cashmere cardigan (similar at Uniqlo). Fedora hat and sunglasses complete the look.

casual evening outfit. White blouse and black trousers

Casual evening outfit. My wide-collar white blouse was bought at NafNaf in St.Tropez (Similar) (similar). Black trousers from Benetton and my MarksandSpencer silver pumps.

Second day:

Lilac roll neck sweater and jeans

Another daytime look my fine knit polo neck is from Mango (similar at Uniqlo) worn with my New Balance trainers. One of my old scarves was an exact match with my sweater. You can find similar scarves at Etsy.

Anorak and jeans

Great photo taken by Karen as we went for a long walk in the surrounding fields. Anorak many years old originally from J.Crew. Mango polo neck. I like to add my silver belt to my jeans to jazz them up a bit. MarksandSpencer have some great belts at reasonable prices including a silver one which I have added to my collection.

casual summer evening outfits

The second evening Karen and I going into The Old Swan pub for dinner. Karen was looking so well if you have not already read her amazing cancer journey you can read it here.

Pink cotton frill blouse and black trousers

My pink blouse was originally from MeandEm a few seasons ago. They still have some very pretty ones. Black trousers Benetton.

Final day:

Anorak and rain hat

The day of our departure it was raining so I was glad of my trusty anorak and pink rain hat.

Suitable coats for a country week-end:

I was very glad that I had prepared my capsule wardrobe for our week-end away in advance. It made choosing what to wear for each day and occasion much easier. I had checked the weather forecast beforehand.

We are going to the Italian lakes for five nights next week and I will be using the same method of packing. I intend to have a rest so there will be no blog post next week.


  1. 12th May 2023 / 17:11

    Compiling a capsule wardrobe for breaks in the Uk are always a bit of a challenge for me. The weather is so unpredictable. Yours worked. treat.

  2. Julia
    12th May 2023 / 18:48

    You look great Josephine! And I do like the photo of you in the field with the blossom behind you.
    Not thrilled about the frilly blouses though ….

  3. Pru
    12th May 2023 / 19:24

    Not a frilly blouse person myself but pleased to see so much silver about now! If you see any silver boots in Italy let me know please!
    Have a lovely time.

  4. Francie
    12th May 2023 / 22:29

    I love all these outfits, Josephine! Especially the silver flats with the black trousers. You are always inspiring. I purchased a frilly white dotted Swiss long sleeved blouse from Boden last summer on sale, and enjoy it– it’s over-the-top, but fun! So glad you had such a fun weekend away, and I loved the picture with Karen, who also looks beautiful. Have a lovely time in Italy.

  5. 13th May 2023 / 07:41

    The weather in Devon has been so mercurial that I’ve been taking a similar amount of ‘just in case’ clothing in the back of the car for a simple shopping trip into Exeter! Hope you have some good weather to enjoy the lakes.

  6. Linda Charie
    13th May 2023 / 17:38

    As a countryside dweller these days I think you got it spot on! The weather changes every day and its very challenging knowing exactly what to wear. Lovely to see your Friend Karen looking so well, Please do a blog on packing for Italian Lakes, Im off to Malcesine in September and havent been abroad since Covid so would appreciate any advice.

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