Traveling in (Casual) Style

Mr Wonderful and I had to cancel our plans for a South Dakota road trip due to his 100-year-old dad’s health issues.  (He’s doing better – thanks for asking.) But the planning forced me to put more thought than usual into my summer-casual outfit pairings.  I was inspired by CJ – one of our Community members.  She managed 2 weeks in Hawaii – one week of business and a second week of tourist-ing – from a single suitcase.  So here’s how I planned for my 10 days of state-side touring.

Since all our plans fell in a pretty narrow range of casual-ness, I planned for just 4 basic bottoms: jeans in off-white, light wash and darker wash, plus a pull-on navy  ponte skirt.

Each of these 6 tops could be worn with any of thebottoms – 24 options with various degrees of dressiness.

Always a fan of 3-piece dressing for versatiity, I added 2 potential over-layers.  The plaid shirt can also be a stand-alone.  The navy cardigan is a very open knit pattern, so fine even in toasty weather.

Then for variety, I tossed in 3 bright-color tanks.   And footwear for both touring and more strenuous trecking.

And finally … of course a few scarves to link the accent colors )blush, red and jade green) into cohesive outfits with the neutral bottoms and navy cardigan.

The larger scarves are rayon and cool enough to wear on my body, even in the Badlands.  The smaller poly ones work great as headbands, on a straw hat or tied to the strap of my straw tote.  For tips on how to choose the most flattering scarves for your own wardrobe, check out this post about Kate’s choices. 

I charted all the outfits into a set of day-by-day collages; a trick I learned from CJ’s experience.

Even though the trip in on pause until (maybe) next year, I’ve had fun wearing my “new” outfits and using the surprise time at home to catch up on things.  Like blog posts, rght?

Where are you traveling this summer?  And what packing tips do you rely on to keep things stylish?


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Char Pietruk on July 26, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    I recently discovered packing cubes. A great way to organize what goes in the suitcase. It kept the clothes wrinkle free a d the clothes seemed to take up less room. I was on a 8 night bus trip with each night at a different hotel. The organization made it a breeze every day.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 27, 2023 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for sharing that tip – glad it was sosuccessful for you.

  2. carole shaw on July 26, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    thanks I enjoyed rea ding about what you put together.
    Enjoy your Convention.
    I will be at a wedding in Cols, Ohio over next weekend.
    Too many clothes to take for sure including Formal for
    the Black Tie event.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 27, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      No doubt some trips are more challenging than others. Hope you have a lovely time and feel gorgeous at that fancy event!

  3. Karen L on July 28, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! I enjoy your posts. How did you make those collages? Is there a special program?

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 28, 2023 at 8:15 pm

      There are all kinds of collage programs, but I do them by inserting the individual pics into a Powerpoint slide and saving it as a jpeg file – easy peasy.

  4. Carol D. on August 8, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Recently watched your Capsule Wardrobe video and attended the Perfection in Ponte Knits at the ASG Conference. Thanks for these programs. I had forgotten how much I love your Ponte knits. I need a wardrobe update and will be sewing a few key items from the Ponte. Now I have a plan.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on August 9, 2023 at 10:23 am

      So glad you found it helpful and that you love that ponte as much as we do.

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