Travel wardrobe

Susana Tuya

Susana Tuya hails originaly from Peru. She is Director of La 'qua Image, which helps assist all different types of people to maximise their self-image potential.

Are you the type of person that packs all of your favourite items to later discover that, even though you had to sit on your suitcase to shut it close, you still have nothing to wear? Or, are you just clueless every time you have to travel wondering what to pack? Traveling light does not mean recycling one outfit from day to night.  Regardless whether you are traveling for business or for a holiday destination, no one wants to be burdened with lugging too much luggage around.

How to ‘Travel in Style’ without excess baggage:


Count the days you will be spending away from home and the different types of clothing you will require;  i.e. suits for meetings, leisure wear, activities/sporting (i.e. skiing or swimwear), eveningwear (tux etc).

Build Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you know the number of days you will be away and the different types of clothing you will require, you can then build a ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ that can take your from day-to-night, from casual to dressy. Believe it or not but if you pack 12 pieces that mix and match, you can create over 40 different outfits.  The type of trip you are taking will have an impact on whether you pack corporate, casual, or seasonal clothing.

What to pack

In order for this ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ to work, refrain from packing the different colours of clothing to match a rainbow.  Everything you pack must be restricted to four to five of your complimentary* colours that go well together. The secret here is harmony; i.e. black, taupe, red, white, and light blue; against more difficult combinations such as black, turquoise, orange, brown, and lemon green.

Packing Checklist

2 x Suits (preferably in your complimentary neutral colours)
A suit can be a jacket, or sweater that matches the pants.  They can be of the same fabric or fabrics in the same colour.

4 x shirts or tops that coordinate with both suits.  They can be two in neutral or basic colours and two patterned that blend well with the suits.

1 x V-neck knit in a solid colour for versatility so it can be dressed up or down.  It can be worn with a casual jacket.

1 x Jersey in a neutral or basic colour in the preferred style and to suit your body proportions.


Choose accessories that can carry from day to evening also.  You can revive any outfit into a work of art.  Choose ties and, if needed, cuff links that blend with the colours you have chosen.


This is the most difficult task for me.  Try to keep the shoes to a maximum of three pairs no matter how long your trip.  And that is two pairs in your luggage and one on your feet.  Even though this rule is brutal, it does force you to plan your outfits well and carefully edit your choices of clothes.  Keep to the same principles; try not to add any new colours.

Layer it up

You can create even more combinations by layering your garments; i.e. wearing two tops together, a shirt over a singlet or t-shirt and a different jacket. Now, believe it or not, you can use this same principle to build a seasonal ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ and avoid those expensive purchasing mistakes that do not compliment your current wardrobe needs. 

Try it out on your wardrobe and put together a ‘Capsule Winter Wardrobe’.  If you find that you cannot put together these 12 pieces of items, then you have a wise shopping decision to make the next time you hit the stores against those costly impulses. Now that you know what to pack, did you know that you could pack all of this in a carry-on bag? Check back to find out how…

Want to learn how to dress for less?  Look more attractive to the opposite sex without making a whole in your wallet.  Contact La'qua image and mention that you are a Get Frank reader and for the first 10 bookings you will also receive a complimentary 'Shopping Audit Consultation valued at $190.00.

Complimentary Colour is the correct colour that your image consultancy has recommended which compliments your undertone and natural features.

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