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Those of you that know me are fully aware that I don’t profess to be a fashion model, but I believe that I have a good eye for fashion and know how to put an outfit together. When I packed for our recent cruise to Mexico and the Caribbean I was faced with the dilemma of catering for two different climates. You see we were also spending time in Boston and New York in the north-east of USA after the cruise.
So I needed both a summer wardrobe and a winter wardrobe. It took me weeks to put something together but at the end of the day I thought I did a pretty good job. Although Boston and New York were a lot warmer than we anticipated so I didn’t wear all the winter gear I packed.
My mainstays were a couple of summer frocks, 3 pairs shorts with various summery tops, white and black jeans that could be worn with dressier tops of a evening and of course two swimming costumes and sarongs.
The dresses I wore during the day were “Boho” style and were loose and comfortable in soft cotton fabric. I purchased these frocks from a couple of local small boutiques in Burleigh Heads.
I confess to being a bit of a “label” shopper and I particularly like the clothing from Witchery, Country Road and Sussan. However in saying that I like labels, I do wait for items to come on sale instead of paying full price. Recently I have also discovered a new store on the Gold Coast called Zara and a gorgeous shop called Sheike.
Of an evening when we went out to dinner I had a choice of a couple of smarter frocks and a pair of black and white jeans that I teamed with blouses and tops. I really liked the patterned peasant blouse that I wore with the white jeans and the cream tops I wore with my black jeans. You can’t go wrong with black and cream or white.
In Boston and New York where the weather was substantially cooler initially, I wore jeans with long sleeved tops or jumpers with a Sportscraft navy blue anorak that I purchased for the trip.
For shoes I packed two pairs of sandals, one black & one white, a pair of Orthaheel thongs, a pair of runners and a pair of suede boots. I found that my shoe collection was more than adequate. I bought the fabulous straw hat that I have on in some of the photos in New Orleans which did a brilliant job of keeping the sun off my face.
What are your travel wardrobe staples? Do you find you either under-pack or over-pack?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)July 21, 2015
White really suits you Kathy! I think cotton frocks and sarongs are a must in hot climates and jeans in cold climates. Speaking of Sussan I bought a lovely pair of jeans there the other day at half price :)
KathyJuly 21, 2015
Thanks Michelle. I like white as it always looks crisp and cool. However I hate the fact that you always need to wash white clothing after one wear! Don’t you just love Sussan clothing? I spend a lot of money at that store!
Life Images by JillJuly 21, 2015
you did well Kathy. I am a hopeless clothes shopper and even more hopeless packer! I always take something I don’t wear, or get away and wish I had brought something I left at home.
KathyJuly 21, 2015
Thanks Jill. I’m not a very good packer either because I tend to plan for every eventuality. I packed way too many winter things because I anticipated it being colder in Boston and New York. You just never know what the weather is going to do! :)
Red Nomad OZJuly 21, 2015
It’s SO hard to pack if the weather is to be changeable, but you’ve done really well!! Most of my travels around OZ are in the camper trailer where space is VERY limited, but I find shorts and 3/4 pants teamed with short sleeved shirts are suitable for almost anything if I’ve got a dressier pair of shoes or light jacket or a vest to tizz them up a bit! Luckily, the more outback we go, the more casual it is!
KathyJuly 22, 2015
So true. When we did our big trip around Australia, shorts and t shirts were my staples. I did wear a couple of casual summer frocks (because I am a real ‘dress girl’) and find them a lot cooler for hot weather. For the colder weather I found leggings to be extremely practical. But I always overpack and take clothing I don’t need or wear!
Janet Camilleri (@middleagedmama1)July 22, 2015
I always overpack!!! Love love love that pic of you in the Caribbean sea …
KathyJuly 22, 2015
Yes how good is the colour of the water in that photo? I wish I were back there again right now! We have just booked another cruise out of Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Borneo for January next year. Very exciting!!
JohannaJuly 24, 2015
I love your white evening frock on you. So elegant. And your daytime Boho dresses looks cool and comfortable and suit you so well too. I’m reluctant to wear shorts these days, but you wear them so well :) Gosh that sea looks inviting though!
KathyJuly 24, 2015
Thanks Jo. I like the white frock too – it is very floaty and cool to wear in the hot weather. I’m rather fond of the ‘Boho’ look that’s around at the moment. I like the interesting fabric prints. Thanks for the shorts compliment! I have short stubby legs but I still like to wear shorts in summer as they are very practical! :)