As I said in this post, I really tried to minimize my luggage for Portland. The desire to pack less had a number of reasons behind it: We were sharing a car with friends intent on doing serious tax-free shopping; I'm always mildly annoyed when I overpack; and the boy and I were sharing the same duffle bag for all our belongings.
As it turns out, some shrewd choices go a long way. A bright, lightweight scarf kept me cozy on the road and added a much needed dose of colour to an otherwise neutral ensemble. The white blazer, soft cotton tee, and cuffed jeans I wore for the long hours in the car were polished enough for an evening out with a sparkly necklace, whimsical clutch, and bright lip colour. A patterned skirt and lace-embellished tee proved perfect for walking around and shopping on a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-twenties. (My outfit the next day was a variation of the latter.) And then, of course, there's the thrill of wearing new purchases, always a fun and clever way to stretch a travel wardrobe. For my last night in Portland, I wore my new sequin tee with the white blazer and jeans.
Are you a minimalist when you travel?
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