What to Pack for Milan, Italy

What to Pack for Milan, Italy Packing Light List #travel #travellight #packinglight #traveltips #packinglist #livelovesara

Black Camisole • H&M | Graphic Band Tee • Mango | White Blouse • Gap | Striped Shirt • & Other Stories | Black Blouse • H&M | Oversized Tan Sweater • H&M | Black Pullover • H&M | Grey Cardigan • Zara | Blazer • Mango | Dark Denim • Banana Republic | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Pants • H&M | Black Velvet Dress • & Other Stories | Coats • Mango | Reversible Check Scarf • Nordstrom | Black Scarf • Nordstrom | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Sunglasses • Nordstrom rack | Oxfords • Munro | Sneakers • Converse | Booties • Toms | Burgundy Purse • Target | Striped Crossbody • Target |


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First and foremost I centred this entire list around the jacket. I love it. I want it. It’s amazing. I let it be front and center and be the statement piece that it is born to be ;) I know that it is probably a little “too much” for many but I couldn’t resist. The person that I made this for loves bold pieces, and I think that the jacket checked that box with a big sharpie.

They have saved for 3 years to have this dream trip to Milan for Christmas and New Years, and they wanted wardrobe help. I put together some pieces that fit their style description, and would work for touring around the city, but also for fancier dinners and New Years celebrations. I chose a long velvet wrap dress in black (also comes in blue) because velvet is such a rich fabric, but is also perfect for colder weather.

A couple of pairs of jeans are a must if you want a casual vibe, and black pants to pull an outfit together in a quick pinch. A few sweaters for warmth, and a gorgeous cardigan from Zara. Both the burgundy satchel bag and the striped crossbody fit the theme well and are from Target. They are fab (with a fab price as well). I love finding great items in unexpected places for a great price.

For shoes I went with velvet again with the Converse which is a fun twist, and a pair of Oxford (or are they brogues because of the toe detailing?), and some boots. Throw in a few accessories like scarves for warmth, a hat, and some sunnies. Gloves might also be a good idea and leather ones would look awesome with the jacket.

How do you feel about a bold statement jacket?



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Plus Size Capsule for Fall 30 Outfit Options

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White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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On Wednesday day Merle and I got stuck in the rain so badly. I knew it was going to rain but I thought I had timed it better. We had some things to pick up at the mall and I figured we would get there and get home before it started, but we got sidetracked in Zara. I went to find her some leggings because they always have cute prints for 8-$10 a piece, and while we were there several things caught my eye that I will talk about later ;) Anyway I lost track of time and had to speed shop to get the things we actually came for and when we went out you could tell it had rained. I thought maybe it passed and we were in the clear but as soon as we set out the sky opened up. We hid in alcoves, doorways, and under trees in between downpours but were soaked anyway. The bag for my new purchases got so wet they started to tear and I had to tuck them under all of my groceries which got drenched too. After we got back to the condo every surface had things draped or laying across it to dry. It hasn’t rained in a long time and was crazy. The whole way home Merle was laughing like a maniac, she thought it was great.

Also on Wednesday I post a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall. The premise was a neutral palette with lots of black, mostly pants, and a cool edgy vibe. I hope I accomplished that, and so you can see what my vision was I put together a months worth of outfits from the pieces (which are located 15 at the top and 15 at the bottom). I tried to show the versatility by pattern mixing and layering and there were many more outfits that I could have made but it was getting late when I was working on it and my concentration was fading.

This capsule will easily transition from fall, to winter, to springs, and even pieces in to summer (with a few seasonal changes here and there like a winter coat, a summery dress or skirt, and sandals). It’s very versatile, and although it leans towards casual, there are also options for dressier looks in there. I noted in the original post that the pieces are very easy to replicate with items from your own wardrobe if you choose to use this as a guide.

I hope you can find some ideas from these pieces and if I inspire you to try a combination that you’ve never tried or something out of your comfort zone than I have succeeded in my intent. I hope you all have a great weekend. It’s Thanksgiving here this weekend and I have no idea what I’m making :) 

Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 16-30 via livelovesara #plussize #capsulewardrobe #plussizecapsulewardrobe
White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

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White T-shirt • H&M | Graphic T-shirt • Torrid | Striped Shirt • Lands’ End | Black Tunic • H&M | Blue Blouse • Nordstrom | White Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Embroidered Sweatshirt • Mango | Oversized Cardigan • Zara | Animal Print Cardigan • Simply Be | Statement Jacket • Simply Be | Leather Jacket • Mango | Blue Jeans • H&M | Grey Jeans • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Dress • Simply Be | Trench Coat • Mango | Reversible Scarf • Nordstrom | Grey Scarf• Farfetch | Black Hat • H&M | Knit Hat • Sole Society | Obi Belt • Eloquii | Black Purse • Madewell | Chelsea Boot • DSW | Burgundy Flat • Nordstrom | Sneakers • Adidas | Black Loafers • Steve Madden | Blue Purse • Maje |


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I don’t just get requests for packing lists, I also get them for capsule wardrobe ideas. This week I have a fall capsule wardrobe in plus size. The requirements for the list are black, grey, neutrals, black denim, leather, and military/modern for someone who predominantly wears pants and likes a little edgier look. These are some ideas and suggestions to spruce up the wardrobe for fall. I actually find that this mirrors my style a lot, so it was fun hunting for the pieces.

There are a lot of options for plus size fashion today and many popular retailers have a plus size section like they do a petites and/or tall. Mango has Violeta by Mango, H&M has H&M+, there are:

And that is just to name a few. I tried to pull some pieces from several of these to give a variety. Most of these pieces can easily be mirrored from your own wardrobe since most of us have at least one white tee, a graphic tee, a variety of sweaters, denim, and favourite footwear there shouldn’t be any issues finding pieces that work. I think that pulling together a variety of shirts, sweaters, and pants that can easily be replicated is important to make it attainable.

Although she doesn’t wear dresses it thought including one for “just in case” would be okay. Everything is kept in the neutral tones with an addition of some blue, and leopard (which I consider a neutral anyway). For jackets I have a statement jacket that’s the military feel to it, a leather jacket for edge, and a trench because incorporating classic pieces makes your wardrobe timeless. Accessories should be simple like scarves, hats for the season, at least one belt (I love the statement obi best) and whatever jewelry you wear regularly. A couple of purses easily round out the selections, and that is it. This should work well for taking you through fall and every piece will transition to winter, and then to spring with the addition of a winter jacket (unless you live in a non winter jacket place in the world).

It is a capsule that includes 18 items of clothing, plus shoes, and accessories. 30 days worth of outfits from these pieces can be found in this post.

*note: the ivory cardigan is from Zara and while it is not technically plus size it is a very oversized fit that will work on many people. It’s a great piece that I am contemplating going down to get tomorrow ;) 

 

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An Interchangeable Work Capsule Wardrobe – A Month of Outfits

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Black T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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When I was 17 I read the book Outlander for the first time. Over the years I have read it many more, along with each and every book that followed in the series over the last 20+ years. When I heard they were making a television show out of it I was excited and scared. Too many times I have seen books ruined when put to tv or film and this is a series that could have been so easy to get wrong. They not only surpassed my expectations but seriously hit it out of the park. I think this is probably one of the best book to screen interpretations that I have seen, so I just wanted to say how excited I am that season 3 starts on Sunday. I have rewatched and am skimming/rereading the books in preparation. Is anyone else super stoked for Sunday?

I just had to get that out before continuing this post. Some like Game of Thrones but I prefer historical time travel ;)

On Wednesday I posted an interchangeable capsule wardrobe for when your work, and personal wardrobe are combined. It was requested with a specific style in mind; a “librarian who likes metal” with many pieces picked from both H&M and Zara which are her favourite places to shop. In this post I put together a month worth of outfits from the pieces in the original post. You can refer to the original to see all the pieces that were used to make these outfits but I will also give a general breakdown of what and/or why I chose them.

I have provided enough outfits to get through 30 days but really there are many more that could be made.

*the list is for a woman in Los Angeles so if you are from a city that experiences all four season then your jacket and shoe choices might include something a bit more hardy ;)

Now off to my Outlander countdown.

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Personal and Work Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 16-30 via livelovesaraBlack T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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When Work and Home Collide – An Interchangeable Work Capsule Wardrobe

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Black T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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Many of us have a separate work and home wardrobe. The clothes you wear to work during the week are not the same pieces that you wear on weekends or when going out. Sometimes it’s a uniform, sometimes it’s a suit, and sometimes it’s clothes from the store you work at even though it’s not your style (ahem, been there). I’ve worked all three. Then there are the lucky ones who work in a somewhat casual/business casual atmosphere where your work and personal wardrobe are seemingly interchangeable  (obviously to a certain degree) and this is who this capsule is for.

I have a work/personal capsule for a librarian today who lives in California. So note that some different choices might need to be made or things added if you live in a place that experiences all seasons. She is a new mom, loves mostly H&M and Zara clothes, and wears mostly dresses but is looking to branch out in to dark denim/pants.

Style: black on black, edgy, and a mix of rock ie: librarian who likes metal :) I feel that I channeled that, and this capsule will be extremely versatile. I plan on putting together a bunch of different outfit options featuring the pieces to show its versatility for the next post.

In the meantime let me know how you like this capsule and check this post to see what I came up with for outfits.

Side note: I am super digging that skirt from Zara, and the more I see it the more I can envision how I would wear it. I do have the brown striped sweater and brown shoes, both are true to size and great pieces (the sweater is not long, it hits perfectly at the low waist/mid hip level. And the H&M Shaping Jeans are a godsend. I have two pairs, one in greyish black and one blue. I would like to buy more but my local store sells out of my size fast and I prefer to try them on vs buying them online because you need to size up in them. They are kind of like spanx and that makes the fit smaller.

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