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.
Those 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 😊