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Friday, 2 May 2014

My German Capsule Wardrobe starts with...

...the most perfect indigo skinnies from Feather & Stitch!
My month of international travel (slight exaggeration) begins with a mother & son trip to visit my good friend in Dusseldorf. She moved there from Belfast last August and my son has missed her 4 boys hugely. So for his birthday present, way back in October, we booked a May Bank Holiday trip and I can't believe it's here at last!
When I'm doing a capsule wardrobe for a teeny tiny suitcase, there are a few key considerations.
First up, I decide on the base outfit colour - the one that will run through everything I wear. It's usually either grey, black or navy and for this trip, I've decided on navy (and have even had my nails painted to match!!).
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Once I know that colour, my second decision is which coat to wear. Key for packing lightly - only ever bring one coat or jacket with you and make sure it matches all your outfits. If you need to bring two, then layer them to save on suitcase space - e.g. a jacket under a coat - so for this trip, I'm wearing my Heatons trench coat and I'm going to layer it with my M&S denim jacket underneath (though I've not worn the denim jacket for these photos).
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Next, I pick the one pair of jeans that will work with everything in my suitcase. Jeans are heavy and bulky and there is simply no need to bring more than one pair on a weekend trip. This weekend, I'm working all my outfits around these fabulous Maison Scotch indigo skinnies from Feather & Stitch.
Maison Scotch Collage
Jeans - Maison Scotch La Parisienne Skinnies
c/o Feather & Stitch
Trench Coat - c/o Heatons (NI/ROI)
Breton Top - Boden
Necklace - SGS Shop
Brogues - Clarks Hamble Oak
(donated to me by my 81 year old mother in law - she is one trendy grandma but these were hurting her heels!)


I don't have a big budget for clothes but there are a couple of items of clothing I'll always pay more for. Jeans are one of these and Maison Scotch are my most favourite brand. I think it's the fit - they just work on me and I have 4 pairs now. Every one of them is a size 29 and they all fit me equally well. They never need a belt, the denim is beautifully soft and they wash and wear so well.


These indigo skinnies will work as well in the evening as they do during the day and I can wear them turned up as I have done here with the brogues, or full length with an ankle boot or heel.

And speaking of footwear, no more than 2 pairs for a weekend away is my rule. I wear over something comfy for walking in - I'm currently dithering between these Clarks brogues and my Onitsuka trainers - and I'm also bringing some flat sandals in the hope of some sunshine.


What else is in my suitcase I hear you ask? Well, I've got one pair of lightweight cropped trousers, a cream top, a white boho top, two vests and my navy Boden cross body.....and about 40 bars of Cadbury's chocolate as that's all my friend is missing from Ireland! Another weekend away tip - bring stuff on the outward journey that you won't have to bring home with you - so you've room to shop! I've got a pair of Birkenstocks on my shopping list...watch this space and keep an eye on Facebook & Instagram to see each day's outfit...and how the fugly shoe shopping goes!


Have a great weekend and if you have shopping on your mind here's an exclusive Bank Holiday discount for you from Feather & Stitch - until Monday at 12 midnight, you can get 15% off any purchase by using SGS15 at the checkout! (excludes sale & jewellery)


Here's what would tempt me if I wasn't gallivanting around Europe...
Feather Stitch Collage
1. Maison Scotch T-Shirt,  2.Vadum Billie Top, 3. Star Mela Kaftan,
4. Liebeskind GretaB Bag, 5. Star Mela Tabby Sandal

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22 comments

  1. Dorset Fashionista2 May 2014 at 10:08

    Perfect travelling outfit! Some great tips too, I always take far too much! And how fantastic are those brogues?
    Abbi x

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  2. How wonderful hope you have a fab time in Germany. Love the outfit, the jeans do look gorgeous on you, a super fit. I love a breton and have just done a blog on capsule packing and definitely have the same ideas as you which is good as I am notoriously bad at packing small!! Have fun on your first of many international trips this month, you are officially an international jetsetter and a stylish one at that! xxxx

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  3. Have a great time and well done on getting those shoes - what a result! xx

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  4. Oh wow those jeans look GREAT and I am so in love with those Clarks brogues. Have a fun trip in Germany and thank you for the tips on a capsule wardrobe which in theory (to me) sounds great but I am RUBBISH at packing lightly!

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  5. Love the jeans, love the mac and love the brogues.....superb outfit Avril! Perfect for your travels!! Have fab trip!! xx

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  6. I'm also considering a pair of Birkenstocks but I can't decide if they are just too ugly. Can I pull them off? Will be interested to see how you get on with them. Enjoy your trip!

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  7. Great brogues Avril....they look fab with the jeans:) Enjoy the trip with your son!
    ~Anne xx

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  8. Some great tips Avril for capsule packing & I love your jeans. Hope you have a fab time.
    Jane xx

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  9. A little planning is so worth it. Gone are the days when I chucked everything in a suitcase and hoped for the best. Of course I love your colour palette as it's based on my favourite neutral, navy. Hope you had a fab time with your son (great Birthday pressie) and you managed to fill the chocolate hole left in your suitcase with some new purchases xx

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  10. NET-A-DRESSER4 May 2014 at 22:52

    Well apart from anything else, the Cadbury's chocolate gets my vote! Perfect wardrobe selection, loving Maison Scotch jeans too! xx

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  11. I would be rubbish at packing light. Great tips here Avril and those jeans are indeed lovely. How cool is your' MIL?! I love the Navy nails too. H xx

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  12. Thank you Abbi! Yes..I'm loving the brogues too. How cool is my Mother in Law?! x

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  13. Oh Frances, I love how we've done such a similar post - great minds I reckon! x

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  14. Thank you Sharron - you've got a bit of packing to do yourself. Looking forward to hearing about your trip away soon x

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  15. Lol Fiona - I was so close to doing that 'chucking in a few extra bits' because I had the room but I'm so glad I didn't as I had no room at all coming home! x

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  16. Thank you lovely - it was just perfect for the journey as it wasn't that warm on Saturday. But I went with trainers in the end and it was a good move as I did a fair bit of walking! Hope you had a good long weekend, Ax

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  17. Do you know, I wasn't so sure myself but they just take a bit of getting used to. I found googling images of other bloggers wearing them was helpful. Here's hoping I can inspire you - they certainly are super comfy! Ax

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  18. Thanks Jane - the jeans were just the best for travelling in. So soft and comfy but yet they looked chic as they fitted so well. Ax

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  19. I'm glad you approve! Love my navy too and it worked so well as a base...and yes, the chocolate hole was filled many times over. Thought I'd never get the case shut! x

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  20. Haha - another chocolate lover! My friend's husband hid them in his briefcase so the kids wouldn't devour the lot in the space of a couple of days! x

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  21. Thanks Helen - I used to be rubbish but I've gotten better. I find it helps if you promise yourself lots of shopping! xx

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  22. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges14 May 2014 at 12:32

    Great tips & I love the coordinating nails! They so suit you! What a trendy Nana indeed! Ax

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