Capsule Travel Wardrobe c/o Trunk Club

I love packing for a trip like this – it requires careful planning, decisive editing, and obsessive organization, which satisfies all of my OCD tendencies perfectly. This three month trip is all about adventure – and packing for a family of five as we travel across 5 countries and 3 continents is nothing if it isn’t an adventure. Of course I had to think about packing clothing for the kids, HOW I was going to pack for hotel living, as well as snacks and activities for our journey, but more on that later… for now, how was I going to pack for myself – for a visit to London to see friends and family, with outings to Frieze, the theatre, and cocktail parties  – as well as pub afternoons, walks in Hyde park and weekends in the countryside? That in and of itself is enough – then add on 2 months in Southeast Asia, to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam – where though we weren’t backpacking around like I did post-college, I didn’t want to be carting around piles of luggage with us (we were going to have enough as it was!)

For London, I needed some key pieces that could take me for a week in October (our short layover en route to Asia) and then for a few weeks end of November – for all the activities that city life has to offer. And then, I needed a capsule of a capsule collection to take to Southeast Asia. I didn’t want our Southeast Asia trip to be a fashion show for me – quite the opposite, when traveling to foreign places, I actually want to blend in as much as possible rather than stand out. I want pieces that I can wear again and again and I don’t get tired of them – more of a traveling uniform rather than ‘look at me’ pieces. AND because we were traveling for 2 months and we planned to do laundry once a week, I also wanted pieces that I could toss in the sink for a quick rinse and hang outside our villas – so cotton is essential. The pieces needed to work for a morning walk on the beach, a cover up by the pool and a walk in the Bangkok night market.

Trunk Club to the rescue! Again, I called upon my stylist to help me figure it all out.  She did a great job building me an LA wardrobe so I thought, why not – her styling services are free after all and I only had to pay for what I kept. I explained the adventures ahead to my Trunk Club stylist – and here is what she sent me in a box – to try on at home (and I kept it all!) which you will see in all my instagram posts!

+ James Perse V-Neck Cotton Dresses – I bought these in black AND white and am wearing them ALL. THE. TIME. I wore the black one the other night to dinner and Matt said, ‘see boys? when you grow up, find a woman who puts on a simple black dress and ties her hair up and looks as beautiful as your mummy, and you will be the happiest men in the world…’ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I wanted a dress that I could wear in the morning to breakfast, by the pool as a cover up,  and also could dress up (hair up? bit of my tinted lipgloss? and voila!) for dinner.

+ Current Elliot White Dress – I never would have thought to buy this dress had someone not suggested it to me – or rather put it in a box and sent it to me to open up and try on at home. It is the perfect cover up (but again, I also wore it to an afternoon walk in Phuket town and it looked like I had dressed for town – not just a lazy beach coverup). AND I can throw it in the sink for a quick wash and hang to dry (which is essential as throughout the course of a meal, I have at least one of the kids climbing in my lap and inevitably sticky curry hands are covering my front). (This is the dress I’m wearing below – I LOVE LOVE LOVE it – and even though I’m wearing it all the time here in Thailand, it will be great on the beach in LA too)

+ Current Elliot Grey VNeck Dress – Soft – basic – comfortable WITH POCKETS! A mothers dream come true! I wish this dress came in other colors but so far,

+ Alexander Wang Striped Shirts – I can’t get enough stripes ever – and while traveling it is really the only ‘pattern’ that I don’t get sick of if I’m wearing the same clothes for weeks on end. AND these shirts are brilliant as I’m also pairing them with my new Mom Jeans that Julianne picked out for me – for airplane rides and even my new Rag & Bone leather trousers for London pub afternoons.

+ Caslon Tshirts – I needed a few shirts just to have when I didn’t want to wear a dress – to throw with my favorite new long shorts by McGuire (see pictures below) or for traveling or around the hotel room. The most basic of the basic t-shirt in a few colors that I also wouldn’t panic if they got covered with prawn sauce or tuk tuk dirt. And voila! Julianne wrapped up a few Caslon (I ordered them in black, white, blush, navy and grey after I tried the first one) and now I’m totally addicted. They are SO soft – and unlike some of my other favorite white t-shirts that I have to remortage our house for – they are SO inexpensive! I’m wearing the black one in this picture below:

+ A striped Current/Elliot Muscle Tank (picture at the bottom) – again, this is something that I would never think of trying on – and yet it is a staple for me here – as clever Julianne tucked it inside my trunk to try on. (That is the beauty of this service, you discover things you never knew you would like, and they are all packaged up for you – for FREE!)

+ My new MOM jeans (how appropriate for the trip as these little munchkins are ALWAYS with us – and I’m a mom 24/7) and my new Equipment turtle neck sweater which again, I never would have chosen for myself but it is a staple on all our plane rides as the neck keeps me warm on flights but when we land in 90 degree Cambodia, I’m not sweating(not sure what it is made of but it is genius, as my stylist knew) for traveling.

SO, try it – click here (trust me on this one!) and try TrunkClub out for free! Happy shopping – and hey, even if you aren’t about to take an adventure around the world, try it for your next wedding or weekend trip away – or if you just need to update your closet – you can still have an adventure trying on some new clothes.


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