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Tips for Packing Light – Pack with a Capsule Wardrobe

We all want to look good on our vacation. And be comfortable, right? But who has the luggage space these days to pack excessively? I’m all about discovering new tips for packing light! Having said that, I also want to look good in all my family photos. The casual tshirt and shorts look just doesn’t quite come across as cute.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

There’s a chance you’ve heard of the term capsule wardrobe. But if not, let me tell you what it means. Capsule wardrobes are popular now as women look to purge their closets and own less stuff. The key for a capsule wardrobe is owning a few pieces that are versatile and can be swapped and switched to create multiple outfits. (affiliate links included)

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Pack light for your vacation with a travel capsule wardrobe built from pieces that mix and match – great fashion tip for travel!

Packing Light by Mixing and Matching

My best advice for packing light is to pack pieces that can be mixed and matched to form multiple outfits. A tip for this is to find a color palette that you like and that you can stick to. I love blues, so that’s a go to color for me. I know a lot of travelers like to pack black pieces.

Once you choose one color that you want to work around, find pieces that easily partner with that color. If you have a favorite outfit or dress that you love traveling with, look at that for inspiration. Then choose more pieces that can partner with that core piece.

Packing light with mix and match pieces to create multiple outfits - choose a base color and build from there.

Packing light with mix and match pieces to create multiple outfits – choose a base color and build from there.

Pack Vacay for an Easy, Stylish and Versatile Capsule Wardrobe

For my recent trip to Hawaii I packed solely with a Vacay collection. They reached out to me to take a collection on vacation with me, and now I have an a clothing collection that I’m in love with. Plus, it’s the perfect example of packing light with a travel capsule wardrobe.

Hanging at Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii in my Vacay perfect lace dress as a beach cover up. © Stuffed Suitcase

Hanging at Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii in my Vacay perfect lace dress as a beach cover up. © Stuffed Suitcase

Mix and matching – Vacay Ikat 2-Piece Dress top paired with white jean capris © Stuffed Suitcase

VacayStyle Animated AdVacay Style is a clothing brand that features individual clothing pieces, plus collections that are like capsule wardrobes perfected for travelers. The St. Martin Collection which I took along with me was made up of 5 pieces, and when partnered with two of my own basic pieces, I was ready for 18 outfits!

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Waimea Canyon on Kauai – wearing St. Martin 2-Piece Wrap Dress top with St. Martin 2-Piece Convertible Dress as maxi skirt © Stuffed Suitcase

Pack Pieces that Can Swap for Day and Night

When you’re choosing a travel capsule wardrobe the pieces should be able to be mixed and matched to take you from day to night. My St. Martin Collection is great for this. I can dress casual during the day while exploring the islands or hanging at the beach, then do a quick swap of a piece or switch to a dress for dining in the evening.

I used the lace dress from the St. Martin collection as a beach cover up, but when layered with the under slip, it became a great dinner dress. As a tall girl (5’9″), the dresses were short, but they still covered and I felt pretty wearing them.

I love the Vacay clothing collection – the clothes are high quality, easy to pack, and look great! © Stuffed Suitcase

As you can see, picking pieces that you can mix and match is the key for packing light on vacation. Plus, the Vacay collection was just as comfortable as my favorite t-shirt actually, meaning I looked cute while staying comfortable on my trip!

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I was impressed with the quality and feel of the Vacay clothes. Plus they take the guess work out of packing light & coordinated! © Stuffed Suitcase

Hope these tips for packing light helped you get some ideas for your next vacation. Pick your favorite color or piece and work around that. Or, treat yourself to a Vacay collection, and have all the work done for you! :)

More about VacayStyle:

VacayStyle beautifully designs resort wear for smart travel. Each 5 piece collection can be easily mixed and matched to create 15+ outfits and easily fits in a carry-on case.

Every Vacay item is designed to be versatile, made in travel-friendly fabrications and manufactured in San Francisco.

Vacay currently offers seven outfit collectionsGet 20% off and a FREE Vacay beach bag when you buy 5 pieces or more (Stuffed Suitcase readers can save 15% with coupon code: CarryOn15 and can it be used in addition to the collection discount!). If you decide to “create your own” collection of 5 items, the 20% discount is automatically applied.

Vacay offers free shipping both ways within the United States. Returns and/or exchanges are easy!

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  1. Tamara says

    I love this!! These all look so good on you! That blue top with the white jeans is just stunning. I’m going to see what they have that might work for my body type.

    • Kimberly says

      I absolutely fell in love with the Vacay collection, and it was perfect for Hawaii! Using them on that trip sure helped me see how I need to put a bit more thought into my packing in the future to help keep things simple and stick to my carry on only packing method!

  2. Claudia says

    Well, it turns out I’ve been doing this forever already, hooray! :) Love these compact packing hacks. I’m all about light packing for travel.

    • Kimberly says

      Good for you! I always pack light, but normally multiple outfits. The working around mix and match pieces was never really a planned thing for me, but it makes things so much easier. And gives more flexibility for moods of the day too! :)

  3. Yogieonthemove says

    Beautiful !! I always have a problem when it comes to packing and sometimes i want to look good but the clothes don’t seem practical! Ha ha but you just helped me!! To happy packing in the future!!

    • Kimberly says

      It’s always a struggle but I’ve found that willing to do a little sink washing, and color-coordinating can go a long way towards helping with packing light!

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