|Can you belive it's all in that 1 bag?|
I always aspire to pack light for trips but I've also never been on a 3-week trip that spans different climates. On a good day I might feel high 60s/70s in a place like Malta but I might also have to brave against a low 40s windy overcast in London. There's swimming and formal events on the ship and then what about cool-girl gear for hip hop class in Rome? The outfits! The shoes! 1 bag?!
Why 1 bag?
Did you see that itinerary? Not only do I want to be lugging bags or huge suitcases up subway steps / buses / cobblestone streets but heaven forbid I check in and an airline loses my luggage? I'm not even in a country long enough for them to get the bags to me — it'd be a straight cat and mouse game with me and my suitcase. Being that we would often be flying Easyjet (aka Boo Boo Jet in my book - review to come) who had a 1 bag carryon policy I resolved to myself that I would carry 1 bag.
Can E make it Werk?
I did NOT want to look like a bum on this trip. So I got down to some serious planning because my wardrobe was going to have to do a lot of mixing and matching and I didn't want to be in ALL black and grey and white (boring!). I had a lot of help and inspiration through various Real Simple articles (X pieces X outfits) and sites like Onebag but it's The Uniform Project that really made me realize I could make this 1 bag thing happen (that site is so awesome!)
So back to planning - the only way to take an overall look at outfits for 18 days without emptying my closet drawers onto my bedroom floor was to see it all on paper. So I made a lookbook (I'm such a dork - my friends laughed at me for this) but it was extremely helpful!
|Outfits courtesy of Forever21, Macys, Google, and Photoshop lol.|
I just took screenshots of things that look similar to items I owned and pieced outfits together. I like that dresses and tunic tops do double duty. Also for the temperature aspect and for the fact I didn't want to lug a heavy coat, I relied heavily on layering.
I only needed to purchase a few things out of fashion neccessity (smile) - one being a soft flat loafer (Sperry are cute!) and also a neutral ballet flat (i initially wanted red but found a cute beige Liz Claiborne alternative). Other shoes that I brought were my knee high biker boots and my black boutique9 Nine west studded black platforms (surprisingly comfy to wear) After getting my pieces I took one night and tried on every combination as planned out in the lookbook. I found that some outfits looked good on paper and ridiculously tacky or forced in real life so I had to do some tweaking.
The trial run:
|I clearly should have done my hair for this test run|
I was cool with how that test run worked out. But when it came to packing it in my suitcase, to my surprise, i had a lot of room. So I threw in a few more cocktail dresses since every night on the cruise was a semi-formal/cocktail-ish dinner. I also threw in a few more thin long sleeve tops, a khaki-ish wide leg pant, and a knit skirt. Then by chance if i wanted to work out (riiiiight) on the ship I threw in performance activewear which would also do double duty if we encountered a ridiculously cold day somewhere and I needed a thermal layer. This is where I netted out:
|It's all in there!|
And there's my 1 bag! I'll try to show my daily outfits as I recap. It all worked out - I'm pretty sure I may have repeated an outfit maybe 1 or 2x. By the way - I have to note there was a laundry day in the middle of this trip so even though individual pieces were repeated - they were CLEAN!