I am the first to admit that I took too many clothes on my trip. When it comes time to pack for my next warm-weather vacation, I will take one pair of jeans in black, one in white, and another in blue in addition to the jeans, blazer, and shirt I wear to travel. Tank tops in white, black and gray, and three or four shirts will be enough tops. One sweater for when I get too cold will do nicely.
The temperatures varied considerably during the day, and it was downright cold in the evenings. A warmer outfit at breakfast than for daytime activities and another look for the evening meant I sometimes changed three times in one day. I recreated those looks so that Mr. Mickey could shoot some pictures for you since there were so few outfit photos from my trip.
The blue blazer, white tank top, dark wash denim straight leg jeans worked well for shopping and having breakfast at the hotel.
It was sometimes very windy near the water, so I often wore a scarf to keep my hair from whipping into my face as I walked each morning. The hat would blow off. White jeans, a white tank, and the royal blue cardigan were the look of the moment here.
A white tank top, white shirt, and dark wash jeans were a good look for going out to lunch.
The white cardigan, blue blouse, and white jeans were the look of the day for the boat ride over to Fort Myers Beach. I was so glad I took that cardigan. It was freezing on the open water.
My sweet friend, Rhonda, drove over to Cape Coral to have dinner with me one evening. I wore the black tank, black jeans, and the navy blazer. It is not a fashion faux pas to wear black with navy.
I spent a few minutes by the pool one afternoon, which gave me a chance to wear my new swimsuit. I used a large silk scarf as a coverup. I am much too impatient to lie in the sun, so my time by the pool was brief.
I met with a Realtor to talk about properties in the Cape Coral area, so I wanted to look more professional. I wore a black shirt and white pants with the white cardigan tied around my shoulders.
On the day it rained often, I was glad I took a jacket with me. The sun was blinding when it did peek out from the clouds. The sandals were the most weather worthy shoes I had.
The denim shirt over the silver/gray tank top and white jeans were a comfortable look for a day of sightseeing in Fort Myers and Naples.
Another evening look included white jeans, the white tank, and the navy blazer. I tied a forty-inch turquoise scarf as a necklace and tucked the ends into the straps of the top.
I walked all along the docks and looked in the windows of the shops on the boardwalk by the hotel on the first evening. The jacket over the white tank top and dark wash jeans were a good option for the cool air near the water.
I went to Barnes & Noble twice while I was there. Do I read too much?
Black with white is one of my favorite color combos. The black tank, black jeans, and white cardigan were another late in the day look that served me well.
This long-sleeve tee was the only item of clothing I purchased while on the trip. I wore it as I was walking on the beach one morning.
The most valuable lesson I have learned from packing for travel is that I don’t need a lot of clothes. I do need items that can be mixed and matched to create looks that are changed with accessories. I favor the classic silhouettes that work with my shape, and I have been applying this same lesson to my wardrobe at home lately. Some may say that this is a boring way to dress, but why reinvent the wheel every day with looks that may or may not work for me? Trendy items look dated in a few months, and I tire of them very quickly. I can wear clothes I have now for years.
If you wish to look back at the blog post for what I packed, it is here.