My packing is beginning to take shape. I had to start somewhere, so I began with a silk scarf that I have had for years (then added another more casual one in the same hue).
Hermes The Royal Mews scarf in light pink (1994)
I know. Hermes scarves are so expensive. But I can't think of many other things (except jewelry) I purchased over 15 years ago that I am still excited to wear, much less base a 2011 travel wardrobe around. This can be worn so many different ways around the neck, as a belt, tied to a bag, even as a halter top (I'd add a cardi). Queen Elizabeth has this design in light blue.
I'm also bringing my lightweight under-$10-on-sale-score Nordstrom BP Fringe Wrap in a pale pink - very close in color so will go with the same things - which is much more casual and can go over the shoulders on the airplane.
This scarf has lots of gold, a little red, and both brown and gray on its pretty pink background. I like it with these two cardigan colors, so they were the next step in my plan:
Ann Taylor Loft cardis in hot pink and brown (purchased several months/maybe a year ago)
I added a white Loft cardi from a year or two ago, and my cardigan plan is complete:
I'm now putting together my lightweight tops and tanks/tees and a couple of F21 maxi dresses which will go with one or all of these cardis. For pants and skirts: charcoal, navy and white.
The Banana Republic Mirra wedges on my sidebar recently arrived (review soon) and I've decided I really want these *orange* shoes to come along too. I think I can make it work.