Styling A Capsule Wardrobe: What I Packed For 3 Days In Lanzarote With Hand-Luggage.

It’s no secret that I’m an overdressed backpacker. One look at my socials and you’ll agree. However, there’s a few perks to that. The first one being my ability to cram everything into hand luggage, even to longer-distance destinations. The second? Finding creative ways to style an item. Purchasing timeless pieces which team well in multiple ways has been the game-changer.

In this post, I’ll outline the items I consider to be essentials for a capsule wardrobe, by walking through the insides of my bag during a recent Lanzarote trip. A light-hearted read where minimalistic clothing gets the spotlight.

For a previous capsule-wardrobe styling session, I’ll link you to an older version with an exact breakdown via demonstration pictures – Styling A Capsule Wardrobe For Travel.

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My List Of Clothing Essentials For A Short Trip:

Now, let’s set the visions. It’s January, and you’re jetting off to Lanzarote. The weather promises between 18-20 degrees at the highest points of the day, with the occasional light drizzle. You’ve got some activities lined up in the evening, so would like a change of clothes from day to night. You plan on only taking a cabin bag with you, and will put a pair of chunky boots into a duty-free bag. Besides key necessities like plenty of underwear and socks, you’ve got a whole backpack to fill.

Below, you’ll find my capsule wardrobe for the scene mentioned above. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just clothing most of us would already have in our closets. The building blocks.

  • Oversized Satin Shirt.
  • 2 Plain T-Shirts.
  • 2 Long-Sleeve Tops.
  • Thin-Strap Crop Top.
  • 1 Blazer.
  • 1 Pair Of Leggings.
  • 1 Pair Of Cargo Trousers.
  • 1 Pair Of Jeans.
  • 1 Dress.
  • 1 Skirt.
  • Pair Of Trainers (Or Sneakers)
  • Pair Of Boots.
  • 1 Waterproof Jacket.
  • Accessories, including a belt and small purse.

Putting Everything Together:

Rather impressively, the list slotted nicely into hand luggage without problems. Minus the boots, which as mentioned above went into a duty-free bag. Rolling up clothing as tight as possible, then securing with elastic bands, will sort you out. Just double check you’ve got access to an iron in your accommodation please, creased clothes are not the one.

Time to let our creative juices flow with a little game of mix-and-match.

Outfit Idea 1: Oversized Satin Shirt (worn open) + Dress + Chunky Boots + Small Purse.

Outfit Idea 2: Long-Sleeve Top + Skirt + Chunky Boots + Waterproof Jacket.

Outfit Idea 3: Leggings + Plain T-Shirt + Blazer + Trainers.

Outfit Idea 4: Plain T-Shirt Number 2 + Cargo Trousers + Trainers.

Outfit Idea 5: Jeans + Blazer + Thin-Strap Crop Top + Belt + Chunky Boots.

Outfit Idea 6: Cargo Trousers + Long Sleeve Top Number 2 + Trainers.

Outfit Idea 7: Oversized Satin Shirt (worn closed) + Leggings + Belt + Trainers.

I could’ve also added jeans with a t-shirt + trainers, but I guessed this is a choice we’re all familiar with. It’s a uniform which never fails, after all. You could also wear the long-sleeve tops under/over the dress, and switch the jeans for trousers.

The nice thing about packing with hand luggage is that you naturally get better with it the more you do it. Gone are the days when you need 30 pieces of clothing ‘just in case’. Once you establish staple pieces in your wardrobe, styling outfits becomes an easier mission. 2023 is the year of packing more consciously and not weighing down our cabin bags with clothes we don’t wear.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca says:

    I’m no fashionista, and I usually pack the bare essentials (e.g. for 3 days, I’d probably pack two pants, 2-3 shirts/long sleeves, 3 pairs of socks, and a jacket; I’d wear my sneakers on me). But I’m very impressed in how you stylize and create combos with all of the items you pack, and it just might’ve given me some inspiration to try and spice up my wardrobe on my next trip over!

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, means a lot! 🙂

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