So, this is what was in my suitcase:
and I wore everything, some more than others. I misjudged the amount of long bus rides we took (we drove over 2500 miles!) and found, by trial and error, that stretchy knit pants were best when on the bus for 8-10 hours. I defaulted to the gray EF pants, long white shirt and silver vest for bus-ride
days...not my best look, but certainly practical.
I know I have extolled the virtues of these EF pants before, but on this trip they were perfect! I could easily wash them at night and they would be dry and "reshaped" by morning; they rolled easily in the suitcase. I took two black pair, one ankle length and one longer one, and one "platinum" (light gray) one, which I don't see on the site any longer. I usually buy them on eBay, and seldom pay full price.
I wore all my manteaux...
The only problem with the black tone on tone ponte one, pictured above, is that it tended to pick up...shall we say "odors"...in the suitcase! Not good, and I wound up not wearing it the last week...
My ikat print coat
got a lot of wear, as it did in Sicily. I wore it on the plane, and in Turkey, open
over a silk tee. I wore all FIVE pair of shoes, although I could have managed with fewer...
but where's the fun in that? And the workhorse of my travel wardrobe? My
silver many-pocketed vest, blogged about here
I was able to wear it over several of the manteaux, as well as over the white shirt. It enabled me to do without purses or totes, and all of those pockets came in VERY handy! Several of my fellow travelers wanted to "order" one from me...but I had to decline...
I am going to make another one (in RED, of course), and perhaps I'll do a tutorial on adding pockets to vests and jackets for travel purposes.
Now, back to the sewing studio...I can't wait!