I have been going over and over the bazillion travel capsule wardrobe plans out there on the internet. I think they are a great idea, especially if you want to pack very lightly. But no one has really designed one for my specific need – being a Delegate at the National Girl Scout Meeting and Convention. Almost every capsule starts with the premise that you should have a foundation of black, because black goes with everything. Many will give lip service to the idea of using other neutrals, like beige, brown, white, ivory, or navy – but they rarely show examples. The Vivienne Files does have quite a few posts that focus on navy, as do some other sites, but many of those do not focus on formal business attire. So, what is an adventurer to do? Make her own.
- Navy formal business attire for Council Sessions. Three days of them. Don’t want to wear the same thing three days in a row.
- Try not to buy things I will never wear again.
- Must look good with the Girl Scout Scarf – so orange and red are out. Would be anyway, since I don’t wear them. Ever.
- I might get to walk around the Hall of Experiences, or do other things where I can wear casual clothes.
- I’m not wearing a suit on the plane.
- There is a Delegate Dinner and Party I would like to look pretty and non-suity for.
Here is what I came up.
Navy Suit Jacket, White Scoopneck Tank Top, Blue GSSJC Polo (I already own), white button down, Girl Scout Legacy Scarf, Navy Scoopneck Tank Top, Green to Navy Ombre Overtunic, Khakis, Navy Suit Pants (The suit pieces are from Jessica London, the polo is Land’s End, the other four shirts are from Catherines, and I haven’t gotten the khakis yet.)
- Travel days – khakis and polo
- Casual Activities – Khakis and polo, khakis and white shirt, khakis and navy tank and white shirt
- Council Sessions – suit pants and white tank and jacket, suit pants and navy tank and jacket, suit pants and white shirt
- Dinner, Party, etc. – either pants and navy tank and overtunic
I love that overtunic. It screams Girl Scouts to me while not screaming GIRL SCOUTS, if you understand what I mean. It’s sheer and floaty – no way to wear it without a tank underneath, but that’s okay. The tanks are the same as one of my favorite shirts I already owned – in black. I love the fit, the thickness of the material, the length (have I mentioned I’m really tall?), the collar, and the shoulder area. I like that they don’t have the usual tank straps, so under a jacket it looks like I am wearing a regular shirt without all the extra fabric making me hot on my arms. I would never feel really comfortable wearing a full business suit with long sleeve white button down shirt under a jacket – the heat would kill me!
Next, I have to sort out shoes and accessories.