As promised, here’s one last follow-up on my Chicago (ORD) travel wardrobe experience— but this time, it’s all about my mother! It was her trip, after all; I just accompanied her to help with driving, etc., so I really can’t finish up my post-trip reports without covering at least a little of her experience!
Note: If you’d like to get caught up on this whole experience, there’s a list of links at the end of this post.
Silly of me, but I just didn’t think to take pictures specifically of Mom’s travel wardrobe while we were together on this trip, but at least I have some photos of her during various activities and events. (We live in different states.) And she’s been kind enough to send me a list of what she packed, with notes on what she’d do differently next time, so we should be able to get an overall sense of her experience, clothes-wise.
Here’s what Mom packed:
1 pair good-quality black knit nylon pants
1 pair taupe stretch cotton cropped pants
1 pair chinos (back-up)
1 black polyester button-front calf-length skirt
1 polyester blouse, teal
1 polyester top, multicolor print on black
1 multicolor print long-sleeved tee
2 tanks, 1 white, 1 black
1 short-sleeved tee, aqua
1 lightweight casual taupe jacket
1 windbreaker, chartreuse
1 pair tan sandals
1 pair tennis shoes
1 pair blue Birkenstock sandals
Before I get to her notes on how all this worked for her, here are some photos, mostly of Mom, during the trip.
Here are Mom’s notes (in her own words) about her travel wardrobe.
“What didn’t work: I didn’t wear the new blue [Birkenstock] sandals, because they proved to be not very comfortable. I didn’t wear the chino pants; they would have worked fine except the fit is kind of baggy and I looked better in the other pants. (Baggy is okay at home. The moral of this story is: Don’t fill your suitcase with anything you’re not certain of or happy with.)
Do differently: I don’t have many summery-looking clothes. I was quite comfortable, but people noticing some of my dark-colored things might have wondered if I was. Hopefully that could improve before I take any more summer trips to the Midwest or South.”
And now, in case you’ve missed any of the posts in the ORD travel wardrobe series (and I wouldn’t blame you— there are a lot!), here are links to all of them, in first-to-last (sorry) ORDer: