A minimalist abroad

I travelled to Amsterdam for four days recently with two good friends. My packing process runs like a well-oiled machine at this stage. I checked the weather, had a rough idea of what we would be doing each day, decided what to pack for four days, and then halved it! (That’s a tip from Courtney Carver over at Project 333!). Good to go!

I brought a pair of jeans and a skirt, for maximum versatility and ensured that every top went with each bottom. I set off, pleased with my efficiency (if this was a film, the sinister background music would start to play at this point!) and met up with my friends.

Now, either I mis-read the weather forecast or it was completely off but we arrived to unseasonably cold weather, with the odd shower thrown in for good measure. Not to worry, I thought. The jeans I had sensibly worn for travel would be fine for the coolness of the first day.

The next day I bounded out of bed and reached for my skirt. After ten minutes in the cold and wet, I made my poor friends wait as I ran back to the hotel, to change from the skirt into jeans. It was fine to wear them again, but to make them look slightly different, I belted them, tucked in my top and off I went.

The next day, more rain and cold! Seriously? We were going on a lovely canal trip and I didn’t fancy clambering around in a skirt, let alone having the wind whistling around my bare legs! This time, I rolled my jeans up at the ankle for a tiny styling change, did a half tuck with my top and off I went again.

By the way, in no sense am I telling anyone how to style a pair of jeans! This is not fashion or styling advice. If you’ve come here looking for that, you’ve obviously clicked the wrong link and I wish you well on your onward journey!

By Day 4, our last day, I resignedly pulled the jeans out again. I would have worn them for travelling home anyway. They weren’t dirty – I was showering morning and evening – and jeans, by their very nature, are made for wear and tear.

2018-07-08 JeansThose jeans got a lot of love that holiday!

I wouldn’t have planned to bring only one pair of jeans and if I had known in advance, I may have been a little stressed, but it really didn’t matter – not one bit. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the holiday or the time with my friends. Little styling differences helped – a roll, a tuck, a belt. Of course, all my tops matched anyway. And, do you know, I don’t think anyone noticed, which is something I find again and again with my capsule wardrobe.

Have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “A minimalist abroad

  1. July 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Currently I am living my skinny jeans. Although they haven’t been out the wardrobe for a couple of months. The weather is so hot hot hot. It’s been bikini or shorts for me. Luckily I work at home! X

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    • July 12, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Lucky you, Nik! I contemplated wearing a bikini to work but decided against it!! Lxx

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  2. July 9, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Jeans really are so versatile, aren’t they?! Sounds like you just went with the flow when it came to the weather and that your jeans were a great companion, through and through! When we spent just under 3 weeks in France last year, my black jeans were definitely my most useful item of clothing and got the most wear of any suitcase item throughout the entire trip. So glad I packed them. And ditto when it came to my five-day trip visiting a friend in Hobart last year. My jeans were the only bottom I took and they definitely needed a wash by the end of the trip (she has two dogs…), but served me very well throughout. Amsterdam for four days sounds lovely, by the way, Lorraine! Can’t wait to do a canal trip there one day myself. 🙂

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    • July 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Lisa, jeans are definitely a wardrobe staple – I wouldn’t be without them (unlike a white shirt!!!). Amsterdam was amazing and the canal trip was a highlight – it’s a brilliant way to see the city. And when you go with the flow, it makes all the difference. A few years ago, being reduced to one pair of jeans would have been a disaster. But this time, it just turned out to be a detail that made very little difference to a great holiday with lovely friends, Lxxx

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  3. July 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Jeans are a great and versatile wardrobe item, and they are the best when doing a lot of camping too! I love the fact that you can dress them up or down based on what you wear on top or even what shoes you wear with them (heels versus boots versus running shoes, for example). 🙂

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    • July 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Cristy, jeans are SO versatile. I was lucky I had brought them! I can think of other items of clothing that wouldn’t have served me half so well as those jeans. And they can look so different, depending on how you style them or dress them up or down! Thanks for reading, Lxx

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  4. July 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my! This is exactly what happened to me week before last in Chicago for a week. Wearing the same pair of jeans (an one pair black slacks for business) had to do. Once I resigned myself to the fact it was really liberating and I made mental note to travel with jeans more often.Shoes and scarfs, and several layering tops is all we really need. Great post!-Laurel

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    • July 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Hey soul sister, once again we are on the same page!! It’s amazing how you can manage when you have to! I was a bit like you – once I had resigned myself, it gave a sense of freedom, as I really couldn’t do anything about it. I’m glad I didn’t cave and buy something because there was no need. You’re so right about shoes and scarfs – they’re winners every time, for making an outfit look different. Lxx


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