Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Trip, Same Tiny Suitcase

It's been a busy month traveling! This week I'm out west on a "working vacation," one of my family's favorites, where you pack your laptop and books and head somewhere beautiful. Christopher is traveling for work, so I decided to skip out on the city for a week and get some west coast sunshine. My last trip's packing project was such a success, I decided to try it again: 8 pieces and 8 outfits (I cheated and didn't count shoes). Here goes:

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(denim skirt from spotted moth; bdg cranberry cords; gap black dress; loft orange cardigan; gap white sweater; j. crew factory denim shirt; target striped tee; h&m polka dot blouse; the poor picture quality is all my responsibility)

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Overall, I think round one was a bit more successful, but I was happy with this one, too. I'm beginning to think 8 pieces is enough for any trip I'd need to go on. In any case, I have been clothed throughout my trip, and that's what counts the most, right? I'll be back Monday! xo

46 comments:

Kenzie and Maddy said...

Love each outfit!!! You look adorable!

Alicia Chew said...

i need to learn how to pack this effectively! every outfit is super cute.

xoxo,
alicia // river city chic

Jenn said...

Have a wonderful trip!! I love these outfits. You have totally inspired me to pack more efficiently on my next trip :)

Laura said...

Thank you so much for the inspiration of packing light! I am going on a trip next month for 8 days and can only bring a small bag. I was nervous about it but you have inspired me!

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Neeli said...

I love this idea! I fly RyanAir in Europe (10kg max carry-on, and you're only allowed 1 item each, and they are very strict about it) and your previous post on this totally inspired me to mix-up stuff but still feel like I could switch up outfits (while allowing the sign. other to share half the bag space).

Rebecca said...

Your outfits are all lovely! I think this one is just as successful as the first one. And, good call on not counting shoes. I wouldn't have, either.

seewhatlindseyloves said...

I haven't shopped at Ruche before and am always a little wary about buying online from stores I'm not familiar with. Just curious on the quality and their return policy and if it's pretty easy to do...that sort of thing. You seem to have a pretty decent selection of their clothes! Thanks!

Susan Borland said...

we're all going to need you to start posting outfits regularly again!! Enough with this travel. I love the inspiration on the blog :) Hope all is well and you're just traveling for spring break, love ALL of your outfits.

Elegantly Academic said...

These posts have been such fun. I always try to pack light when travelling, with some success. It's usually the stuff I buy when I'm away is the killer ...
Kel xo

dot said...

Brilliant, as usual. Love the way you've styled that red/orange cardigan! Now come back to DC, kthanks.

Bog-Bog said...

My favourite is the 3rd!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Don't know how you do it! I am bookmarking this for the next time I travel. Fingers crossed,
Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

Kate said...

All of those outfits are fab! Great job.

Mrs. Baker said...

you are great at mixing and matching! I love the polka dot top!

Jessica said...

This is so helpful! I tend to way overpack...I can rationalize including practically any item in my suitcase!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

susan, thank you friend! all is well, i'm just traveling for break and working on my dissertation out west :) i'm looking forward to getting back to DC and even more, to christopher getting back! i'll be back in business soon.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@lindsey--yes, i have lots of stuff from ruche and i really really like them! their clothes are very affordable and i often love the designs, and their customer service is spectacular--i have yet to return anything so i can't comment on the return policy but all my interactions with customer service (questions about sizing, requests for packages to be sent late so i don't miss them when i'm traveling, etc) have been handled beautifully (even when i am writing to them from my regular old google account totally separate from my blog). they also ship faster than light. the only thing to watch for is the quality of materials if that's something you're picky about--i tend to prefer cotton and even polyester to rayon so i always double check what things are made of before i make a purchase, since ruche sources from a few places (i think). anyway, i am a wary online shopper, too, so i know the feeling! but i very regularly spend my pennies at ruche and i like their stuff a lot. you can feel free to email me to chat more if you want! (whatwouldanerdwear at gmail)

Beth @ dot...in the city said...

this totally inspires me, I have to pack for an upcoming trip tonight :) thanks! if only I had that polka dot shirt!

Elaine said...

I love these posts!

SoFashionistica said...

You definitely got the packing down! If it were me, I would probably be taking my whole closet and I would justify it by saying I need the different pieces for different things. HAHA

Nicole Martin said...

I really love these posts - I tried to do the same this week for a business trip, but it wasn't as successful (in my mind). But I did fit everything into a carry-on!!!

lazy explorers said...

These outfits are so cute! I love this idea of using the same pieces to create different outfits! I especially love 4 because I would never have thought to wear a button up that way. Thanks for the inspiration!

Maddy said...

I'm wearing black and white polka dots and red pants today too! Your style is so similar to mine- hence why I love your blog! Have a good trip :)

Vivi K said...

You are one good outfit planner! :) Love these!

Alice said...

I love this series, very practical!

brynn said...

Love this! I think I need to take some major tips from you on packing light. So good!

Sina said...

Love the skirt and the cords, they have such a great colour! I should really try to pack more lightly as well, I tend to overpack all the time.. So I really enjoy the inspiration from your blog.
Greetings from Germany!

Anonymous said...

WOW! i think you look great!! i don't mean for this to come across the wrong way, but in my opinion (or taste?) i feel like this trip was at least as, if not more, successful! i love the colors of this mix and the creative assembly of peices that still manages to pull off a clever and simple ensemble! :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

whoa, anonymous thank you! i think maybe my very poorly-taken photos (and unironed shirt, oy) are skewing my judgement. thanks for your kind words!

Diana said...

Your posts on mixing pieces is truly inspiring! It's making me want to reexamine my wardrobe in a whole new way. Thanks!

Becky said...

great job! i am definitely doing this next time i'm out of town.

TSan said...

I am new follower and I already love your style and creativity!

manda said...

I love the 8 piece suitcase idea! I am totally doing this next time I go away.
I have burgundy cords that have languished for several years - you're making me want to pull them out and give them some play before it gets too warm :)

Irene Wibowo said...

nice i love it.. :) http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/

Mica said...

Love your 8 piece suitcase idea! I wish I could plan so well in advance! :)


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2ndhandknowledge said...

I think I'll have to try this for my Ireland trip this summer!

Fiona STEVENSON said...

I love this idea! I think I am going to try in when packing for spring break!

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E said...

I love your Tiny Suitcase Posts. Your mix and match approach is the same approach I take with my whole wardrobe, and these posts give me all sorts of new ideas and inspiration! (I especially like your belted chambray shirt over your LBD). Thank you!

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Christina said...

Just wanted to say "Hi", Tania. I just found your blog today -- it was recommended by Kayley, from Sidewalk Ready. Also wanted to say how much I'm enjoying reading your posts. Great ideas -- makes me want to go right to my closet and try some new combinations!

blue roses said...

i travel a fair amount for work, and though i have amassed a number of suits, still rely on my permutations when packing!

http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

Ridiculously Red said...

I love your blog! and even though I'm not going anywhere I tried the 8 piece challenge. Can you come and see my blog?

http://ridiculouslyredridiculoulyred.blogspot.com/

talley said...

Could you do a summer version later this year? Im sure i could pull off winter, with layers and all, but summer seems like more of a challenge!

That Skirt Girl said...

I love when people put p posts like this! I only have a limited number of pieces in my wardrobe so I love to see how to put new outfits together!

ateqah said...

brilliant! love the 8 piece concept. wish you would have posted this before i went to austin for SXSW!!! i soooo over packed (a girls gotta have options!), most of the stuff didnt even get worn, and then got like a thousand free tshirts there. somehow still managed to squeeze it all into my carry on, but damn that thing weighed a ton. anyway, looking cute as usually t$. xx a

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