Ok, this is the first week that living in a hotel felt like it was getting old.
Putting together a weekly capsule wardrobe, however, still feels fun.
I think I hit the nail on the head this week with versatile pieces that can be mixed to create several work and casual looks. I had to extend my week from Sunday – Friday this week, so I had six days to put these items together.
The week’s only halfway over (hello, Hump Day!), but I thought I’d share the packing list and looks.
Unique pieces I brought this week:
- Red striped long-sleeved tee that I received from a recent Stitch Fix
- Long-sleeve Gap tee (black) to wear as a base layer (not pictured)
- Chambray shirt from the Gap
- Black cowl neck tunic sweater that my Mom sent me for my birthday (similar here)
- Chunky tan sweater with a swing shape (last season, from Banana Republic)
- J. Crew Schoolboy blazer (black, similar)
- Two pants: J. Crew Pixie and a pair of Lole travel tights
- Two pairs of boots, both black: Chelsea and an old knee-high Born pair
- Three scarves
- Assorted jewelry
Not listed are the staples I pack and re-pack (after washing) each week:
- Thick socks to wear in the hotel
- A thin Splendid cardigan to wear as a robe if the hotel is drafty
- Workout clothes and running shoes
Here are the looks. I’m starting out of order, since this was Tuesday:
Note in background: my clean but otherwise un-incredible room at the Four Points Sheraton
Attempt #2 to show this outfit:
Not shown in this pic is the bathroom sink filled with ice to chill some sparkling water:
I finally gave up on the selfies and put the outfit into a flat version:
This is the chambray shirt under the blazer, accessorized with a J. Crew bracelet and necklace, plus an Hermes scarf. I wore this with the Pixie pants and Chelsea boots. I really liked this look and may recycle it again later this week.
Once I decided that the flat outfit pics were the way to go, I snapped shots of everything else this way.
Another look with the blazer. The pants and shoes will be the same as above:
I’m pairing the tunic sweater with the Lole pants and knee-high boots:
This is another contender for recycling with different accessories. The top outfit was Monday and I will probably use the bottom one with the scarf on Friday.
Next is the chunky tan sweater styled two ways. I wore it on Sunday with a long-sleeved tee underneath. I had to work for a few hours and then spent the afternoon shopping.
A casual look if I decide to go out at night (which I probably won’t, if past experience predicts the future):
I think I could have made at least three more outfits with these pieces.
The striped scarf is a silky Missoni that my friend L. sent me for my birthday last week. I almost died with happiness when I opened it up since I’ve wanted a Missoni scarf for ages. L. has phenomenal taste.
The red scarf is a cotton one with mini polka dots that I bought in Singapore a few years ago.
The Hermes twilly was an unexpected gift from an attending when I was a resident, one that I have cherished for more than a decade.
There you have it, at least a week’s worth of outfits with only a few well-selected pieces.