I don’t know about you, but for me, one of the most stressful parts of getting ready for a vacation is figuring out what to wear, and how to fit it all in my suitcase. I always, always, end up feeling like I hate everything I packed, and it’s impossible to remember what shirts I brought and how I can pair everything together into a moderately fashionable ensemble.
This time I had an idea. I would figure out what I wanted to wear by actually dressing up in the outfits. (If I was really ambitious I would have paired jewelry with everything but shoes+clothes was enough brainpower the night before we left.) I’d use my iphone to take a picture of the the outfit, and then I would save those photos on my phone as a sort of reference guide each morning whenI was getting dressed. You know that scene on Clueless when she wakes up and has the computer match up her outfit for her? Coolest closet ever! My system worked like a DIY version of that.
Here are all of the iphone photos. Doing this also ensured that I had shoes to match AND, very importantly, that I had all of the undershirts/other accessories that I would need.
And now you can see how it all came together. We were gone for about 20 days, and I ended up with only 13 outfit pictures (thank you TH for being patient enough to take all of them!) so there are a few pieces above that I utilized but must not have asked for a picture in. Getting dressed each morning was so much easier than it normally is on vacation, if I felt a bit stumped I’d reach for my iphone and flip through the photos above to figure out what made the most sense based on the planned activities for the day.
We did some shopping in Florence where I was able to pick up some lighter clothes – I hadn’t packed for the very warm weather found in Italy in early September! My wardrobe was perfect for Poland, too warm for Italy.
Oh, and my pretty green bag? It’s by Jenny N. I love it so much, and had a friend help me add a padded camera insert so I could use it as a camera bag throughout the trip. I like it so much better than the Kelly Moore.
Also some nice commenters pointed out I need a new bra. How did I not notice this before? Bummer. Will work on that soon (I believe this is a product of only having one bra (gross of me I know) and wearing it every single day for the past 6 months, barring the times I work out).