How to Build a Luxury Capsule Wardrobe For Your Next Holiday

It’s been over two years since we’ve been able to jet-set, so if your packing skills are a little bit rusty, we’re here to help. Gone are the days of packing an item “just in case”, this time around it’s all about packing smarter.

By pre-planning all your outfits and selecting pieces that will all mix and match with one another, you can create a capsule wardrobe and avoid the oversized baggage fee at check-in.

Here’s our selection of everything you need for the ultimate luxury getaway.

Breezy Button Down Shirt

This holiday staple is so versatile it would be a sin to not back one in your luggage. Tie it over a dress, wear it with trousers or a skirt and even throw it on over a swimsuit—the options are endless.

Blanca Callie Shirt in Blue Stripe
Blanca Callie Shirt in Blue Stripe, A$219 | Source: Reliquia Collective
Assembly Label Everyday Poplin Shirt
Assembly Label Everyday Poplin Shirt, A$100 | Source: Assembly Label

Everyday Neutral Trousers

A pair of everyday trousers in a neutral colorway is the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe. Choose a relaxed pair for ultimate comfort, because that’s what a holiday is really all about.

Venroy Linen Fixed Waist Trouser
Venroy Linen Fixed Waist Trouser, A$220 | Source: Venroy
Henne Carsson Pant
Henne Carsson Pant, A$199 | Source: Henne

Versatile Sneakers

From walking through the airport to exploring your new destination, a lot of walking goes on in a good holiday. While they may not be the most glamorous of footwear, you won’t regret packing a comfortable yet versatile and stylish pair of sneakers.

Acne Studios Low Top Sneakers
Acne Studios Low Top Sneakers, A$660 | Source: Acne Studios
Alexander McQueen Black Deck Canvas and Suede Sneakers
Alexander McQueen Black Deck Canvas and Suede Sneakers, A$720 | Source: Matches Fashion

Dressy Sandals

Packing a pair of “going-out shoes” is rarely necessary on vacation, but a pair of sandals that can go with your casual looks and evening looks are always a good bet. Don’t opt for anything too high, because you want to wear these during the day too.

Jill Sander Crossover-Strap Leather Flatform Sandals
Jill Sander Crossover-Strap Leather Flatform Sandals, A$1,525 | Source: Matches Fashion
Valentino Rockstud Leather Sandals
Valentino Rockstud Leather Sandals, A$1,130 | Source: My Theresa

Updated Basics

Basics are an essential part of any capsule wardrobe, but this time consider those with a unique touch to update even the simplest of outfits.

Arnsdorf Roberta Tank White
Arnsdorf Roberta Tank White, A$149 | Source: The Iconic
Jacquemus Le Cardigan Tordu Cutout Knit Top
Jacquemus Le Cardigan Tordu Cutout Knit Top, A$670 | Source: My Theresa

A Matching Set

Not only are matching sets trending, but you basically get three outfits for the price of one. Wear it together for a matching look, or style the top with your pants and the bottoms with one of your tops, voila!

Matteau The Shirred Decolette Blouse
Matteau The Shirred Decolette Blouse, A$320 and Matteau The Shirred Tie Skirt, A$440 | Source: Matteau
The Reformation Sunny Denim Two Piece Set
The Reformation Sunny Denim Two Piece Set, A$400 | Source: The Reformation

A Carryall Bag

As stylish and on-trend miniature bags are, they simply aren’t practical for traveling. Opt for something large enough to carry the essentials, and neutral enough to go with all your fits.

Lemaire Croissant Small Leather Cross-Body Bag
Lemaire Croissant Small Leather Cross-Body Bag, A$1,328 | Source: Matches Fashion
Bottega Veneta Cassette Padded Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag
Bottega Veneta Cassette Padded Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag A$4,650 | Source: Net A Porter

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