If Kanye can take Kim to Paris for their first wedding anniversary, it is only fair that your other half take’s you somewhere romantic for your next anniversary. Hopefully they have worked this one out for themselves, but if not, now is the perfect time to start dropping hints – leaving a few brochures lying around might help.

So assuming your subtle (or not so subtle) hint-dropping works a treat – or they are the romantic type anyway – how can you ensure you have all angles covered when it comes to wardrobe decisions?

How to Work a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is the best way to look fabulous without packing everything in your entire wardrobe for the duration of the trip. The great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that you only need a few carefully chosen items. As long as each item matches everything else, you can mix and match with aplomb – and not have to worry if you spill red wine on a shirt or drop spaghetti on a dress.

Choose a Colour Scheme

The most important thing to remember is that you need to choose a colour scheme for your capsule wardrobe. Unless you select garments to fit your colour scheme, the whole thing will fall apart pretty fast. Pick one colour and then accessorise with neutrals. For example, say your main colour is blue, you can then wear shades of blue, plus white, black and neutral. So a pair of blue denim shorts can be mixed with a white t-shirt, or a black vest, and the following day you can wear the black vest with a pair of pale blue linen trousers.

Accessorise with Panache

The whole point of packing a capsule wardrobe is that you only need to take a few garments because everything mixes and matches. However, to avoid looking too similar on successive days, you will need plenty of accessories. These can include jewellery, scarves, shoes and belts. Pick a selection of different items and think about how they will fit your outfits.

Shoes are very important in this regard. You will need at least one pair of heels for evening, plus a pair of flats for daytime walks and sight-seeing. It is best select shoes in a neutral colour, for example nude heels and white flats. That way you don’t need multiple pairs of shoes.

Pack a Capsule Wardrobe for a Man

Men are not always well organised when it comes to packing for weekends away, so if your other half prefers to let you do the packing, now is a good opportunity to ensure he has clothing to suit every eventuality. Big and tall dress shirts are perfect for sophisticated nights out in fancy restaurants, but if your romantic weekend away is more low-key, stay away from the formal wear and stick to casual wear instead.

Taking a capsule wardrobe with on a romantic weekend away means you will have plenty of room in your case on the journey home for romantic gifts, so start packing now!

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