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How-To Pack & Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe for the Holidays


Is there anything better than a totally bespoke wardrobe created especially for you?  The capsule wardrobe is just that – the perfect micro-collection of clothing for any occasion.  With the holidays fast approaching we have compiled a capsule wardrobe and packing tips that will have you jet-set ready!

Our Capsule Wardrobe

Rare Form Cape: This cozy cape has a sweet surprise – it is reversible! The versatility of this cape makes it perfect for any capsule wardrobe. We also love wearing it in transit – it is both chic and comfortable for any journey.

Slimming Ankle Pants: The straight leg silhouette partnered with the vegan-leather front panels make these pants especially easy to pack (and forgiving on wrinkles!).  They also pair well with every type of shoe – from heels to flats and everything in between!  

Shape Shifter Top: This flattering top is an essential for any capsule wardrobe.  Not only does it work for layering but it is also timeless worn by itself.  Some added bonuses, it comes in four different colors, is made from organic cotton, and folds up easily for packing.

Tour De Force Cardigan: A cardigan….with edge!  The zipper detail and vegan-leather sleeve inserts add a layer of interest and style to any ensemble. Pair this cardigan with the slimming ankle pants for an added pop of leather.  


Packing Tricks of the Trade

  1. Take Notes and Plan Ahead: A week or two before you travel start compiling a list of items you need to pack as you think of them.  This will help eliminate some last minute packing stress and enable you to build your perfect capsule wardrobe while you travel.
  2. Fold and Roll: One of our biggest packing secrets is to fold your clothing in half and roll it so it is neatly compressed.  The pieces in our capsule wardrobe work beautifully for this method of packing.  Not only will this save space, but it will create order in your luggage!
  3. Pack a Laundry Bag: A washable reusable bag or pillowcase make for an excellent laundry bag on-the go.  It also helps to stay organized while traveling.
  4. Keep Your Luggage Smelling Fresh: Slip a sachet or dryer sheets in with your luggage.  The scent will give you a boost while traveling and omit a fresh fragrance.

Vivian here, just back from a trip to France and Spain. I brought Stella along, and I’m happy to report that she travels well! And just to clarify, I’m not talking about my gal pal the Head Designer, but rather our clothes 🙂

All I can say is that I’m grateful for how easy it is to travel with my Stellawear. The clothes are not only versatile, but comfortable and ready-to-wear. I am not patient or easy on my clothes when I travel — they have to work for me, not against me! And I’m happy to report that they went easily from suitcase to hanger, and after a quick steam, onto my body and out the door!

Here are the items I chose, along with 1 pair of black leggings + 2 pairs of coated jeans + 1 black top (ok, I did bring a few other items but did not end up wearing them!):


Next in Line Sweater (black)
I love, love, love this sweater! It’s my new favorite for on-the-go comfort and style. Keeps me warm and cozy, hints to the traditional cotton knit, but surprises with a sexy hip! I got plenty of glances with this one when I wore my contrasting metallic-coated jeans (“Well, aren’t you all that!”). On other occasions, I wore it with black leggings and black boots for a more subdued silhouette.


Just Enough Top (alabaster)
This silky top gave me the dressed-up sheen without the headaches of ironing (I hate ironing). I wore it with and without the Two Way Shrug, depending upon the occasion, the weather, and the pants. Long story short, it’s an easy one to dress up or down, depending upon your shoes and accessories.


Two Way Shrug (shadow)
Typically, I’m not a shrug kind of gal, but I tried it and liked it! I wore it with the Just Enough Top with the points at the collar, which created nice visual interest at the top and a nice line on my bottom. The fabric weight was perfect to moderate the changing temperatures (cool to hot!). It can be an item of intrigue if worn with all black, or part of your silhouette if worn with similar-colored bottoms.


Fit to Flatter Top (shiraz)
What can I say, but, “va-va-voom!” The rich shiraz and fascinating draping at the front are not things that deny attention, so beware! Dress it up with black leggings and heels, or down with jeans and boots. Either way, it’s a quick steam away from inspiring your next adventure 🙂

About Town Coat (black) — not shown
This is a Fall 2012 style made from the same cotton metal twill fabric as the Now or Never Jacket. I am thrilled that I can scrunch it, stuff it in my suitcase, then pull it out and wear it. It is the most versatile jacket I own, as it works with my mood-driven style and equally unpredictable weather conditions. I simply won’t part with it!

Now, even though I’m a seasoned road warrior, don’t take my word for it — bring Stella on your next trip and let us know what you think!!

~ Vivian

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