What I Wore on Vacation and Never Want to See Again

What I Wore on Vacation and Never Want to See Again

This past vacation gave me too much practice at combining items to make new looks. I was sick to death of all my clothes by the time I got home and thrilled to find the weather too hot to wear most of them. Luckily we moved around a bit on holiday so the same people didn’t see me repeat outfits too often.

I frequently wore the same clothing combo but switched my shoes or other accessories. The constant for most days was my gray shoulder bag and gray/silver tote. Halfway through I turned my tote inside out to have the silver side out.

I’ve shared some of what I wore and here’s the rest.

Ferry travel is virtually mandatory in BC but it’s not for sissies when traveling with a dog. Dogs are not allowed on the passenger decks. I wouldn’t leave Lucy in the car so we had a strange ride.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life on BC ferry

We hung on the car deck leaving Horseshoe Bay but it quickly got too windy. The temp dropped so we huddled next to the cars on a giant round cleat.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life on BC ferry

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life on BC ferryLuckily my hat was handy so it could cover my wind thrashed hair as we left the ferry for our next stop.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well StFor a cold rainy day in Gibsons, I layered my Coolibar wrap over a linen shirt then topped it with a down vest. My feet were freezing so I wore tennies.

For a sunny day in Gibsons, I wore the same Coolibar cardi over a tee and linen pants. The sun was bright so this hat stayed on most of the day.

A sunny day in Vancouver called for a striped linen shirt, jeans and comfy slides topped with a sun hat.

Some new sunnies, French Kande bracelet, and bright pink lipstick were in order of this fun day.

I was back in pink for a day of stomping around Qualicum Beach.

A denim jacket, pink chino’s and black tank worked for this cool day. I love a great denim jacket but I am taking a break from them for a while:)

Here’s that Coolibar cardi again over white pull-on pants and a chambray shirt.

Here’s the same pants and top with different shoes and my white Coolibar cardi.

I wore different earrings and but it felt the same to me. By this point, we were halfway home and I was fresh out of inspiration.

My black tank and pants felt so fresh after all those pale colors.

With temps hovering in the 100’s I can safely assume I won’t be needing most of these clothes any time soon…except the hats

What do you do when you get tired of perfectly good clothes?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. August 14, 2018 / 10:55 am

    When I get tired of certain items of clothing I usually just put them to the back of the closet and stop wearing them for awhile until I feel ready to don them again. Living on the Canadian prairie, I have two distinct seasonal wardrobes with only a few items that stay in the closet year round. By the end of a season, I find I’m getting tired of almost everything, but when I pull those items back out of storage many month later, it’s like having a whole new wardrobe again.

    • August 16, 2018 / 6:50 am

      Just a short break can do wonders for the wardrobe.

  2. Robi
    July 31, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    You looked fabulous throughout! Feeling the same way here, though. Did not bring enough for our four months of summer on the coast, and am tired if everything with another two months to go!

  3. Marcia Buczek
    July 31, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Love the gray circle tote so much I ordered one!

    • July 31, 2018 / 10:46 am

      I love mine, I hope you do too!

  4. Heidi Davis
    July 30, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    You might be tired of those clothes, Jennifer, but I think you pulled together some awesome looks with them! I’m getting ready for 3 week trip to Germany. Will only take a carry-on. Three pairs of capris, one pair of pants, seven tops, a cardigan, a jacket and one skirt. I CAN DO THIS!

    • LINDA
      July 31, 2018 / 4:11 am

      Yes you can. I took a trip to Germany with 3 pairs of pants, 7 tees, a cardigan and a chambray shirt. That’s including what I wore on the plane. I didn’t get bored at all. It was actually so freeing not to have to worry about picking out something to wear, which is always stressful for me. That trip was what started me on the path to minimalism and reducing my wardrobe. I realized how little we really need.

      • July 31, 2018 / 3:00 pm

        I’m looking forward to seeing Germany, hopefully next year!

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      You can do this Heidi! Have a fabulous trip!

  5. July 30, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    So jealous of your beautiful trip to BC! One of my all-time favorite trips! We flew into Seattle and then rented a convertible Mustang to drive from there into Vancouver and Whistler. We also spent a lovely day in Victoria. Did you get a chance to drive the Sea to Sky Highway? Magnificent views!!!

    I think what you wore was fabulous. I actually like having to “reinvent” my travel wardrobe because then when I get those clothes home, I have figured out some new ways to style them. My small suitcase of options kind of forces me to think outside the box of my “typical” outfits. You obviously did a great job. 🙂

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      We drove the Sea to Sky highway last year and took the gondola ride too. It was breathtaking. We may put Whistler on our list for next year!

  6. Karen
    July 30, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Next week we follow you — We take the ferry from Port Angeles (home) to Victoria, later ferry to Horseshoe Bay, eventually up to Whistler, and return to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula via Whidby Island. Where we live we are lucky to have (usually) less than 10 days over 80 degrees, so I don’t have a lot of really summer-y clothes. Perfect for a trip to BC. Your husband is right — you always look “put together” — an inspiration to me. Thank you.

    • July 30, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much Karen! Your trip sounds fabulous. Have a great time. I am not fond of this hot weather so we may hit the road again soon.

  7. July 30, 2018 / 11:54 am

    I walked for 2 weeks in Portugal and Spain in April having to carry everything on my back. I was so sick of my clothes, I threw some out in Porto at the end of my trip, and bought some new t-shirts. Now it is so hot in Ontario I am fast dreaming of autumn and new clothes…

    • July 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I am looking forward to autumn too! It’s my favorite time of year.

  8. C. Washburn
    July 30, 2018 / 9:59 am

    I pack very light for travel but I try to tell myself it’s my travel uniform. After all, servers, nurses, and even girls in private school wear the same things every day. I also don’t like the BC ferry rule about dogs. I could never leave my Bostons alone in the car and the pet area is is about 10 feet by 4 feet. You didn’t make it to Chemainus — too bad. It’s the only Mediterranean marine climate in Canada.

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      We’ve been to Chemainus several times, but not on this trip. The wall murals are simply amazing!! I spent one trip in the dog area and will never do it again.

  9. Sandy
    July 30, 2018 / 6:49 am

    You always looked in every outfit. I especially love the black on black and the long white sweater. Where can one find that sweater now. Just completed the outfit perfectly….. Sure enjoy the blog!S

    • July 30, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks! Mine is several years old but Eileen Fisher often makes similar ones as does White House Black market which is where mine is from.

  10. Laurel
    July 30, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I felt exactly the same after our last vacation but over time my favorites will still be worn. Just not until I get past the boredom of wearing them over and over. You did a fab job of mixing and matching though – in a lot of different weather conditions. The back of that ferry made me shiver just looking at it.

    • July 30, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      It did get pretty cold there but the views were spectacular! I know I will be back to wearing my favorites soon too but am thrilled to give them a rest.

  11. Diane
    July 30, 2018 / 6:06 am

    I think you did a great job reinventing outfits each day! We are having the strangest summer here in the Midwest. It has been unusually cool after 10 days of high heat and humidity. So I changed from my warmer weather clothing items to longer jeans and long sleeves. Because of that I’m not really tired of anything yet this season. However, I’m very guilty of purging clothes that have seen no more than two years in my rotation. Are they still perfectly good? Yes, but I’m ready for them to move on. I do sell many items on line and the rest I donate to local charities for women in need. Coats, jackets, and sweaters I will keep longer.

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Good for you donating to local charities. I did a lot of that right before our move and I am due for another round of it very soon.

  12. Anon
    July 30, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Lucy morphed into a pug and back again!

    I feel tired of all my clothes after a holiday, too. It doesn’t matter what they are. This is why I like spring and fall travel. They go away for a while when I get back.

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      LOL, that’s my daughter’s sweet Pug. Lucy was with my husband that day.

  13. July 30, 2018 / 5:51 am

    I forgot to say you do look really good in all your outfits that you wore.

  14. Patty Norman Cunningham
    July 30, 2018 / 5:50 am

    Just got back from doing a similar Canadian Rockies trip. I was happy that I actually packed the right temperature clothes, jackets, & shoes – but like you I’m sick of all of it & happy to put it all away until fall comes to Illinois!

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Jealous…the Rockies are stunning!!

  15. July 30, 2018 / 5:50 am

    I understand. I think I told you about our trip to Ireland. I took a lot of cool weather clothes which I had not worn for years since I live in Florida. I have not been able to wear a sweater even once in past winters here in Florida! So when I was packing for the trip, it was nice to take out things I had completely forgot about and packed them for the trip. I packed up all those clothes away since it is still 90 degrees here every day, and probably won’t wear them again for years.

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Florida and Ireland had opposite weather! You’ll be ready for your next trip! That’s the beauty of storing clothes.

  16. Susan R
    July 30, 2018 / 5:47 am

    I have the same problem, not only when traveling, but by the end of each season. I have a generous capsule wardrobe but there are just too few outfits and I long for different colors, different shapes…anything different! And here in Connecticut we have 4 distinct seasons, so almost 4 sets of clothes. That’s still a lot, but not that many within each season. No change is of accessories is going to make a difference! I’m starting to think Down with Minimalism!!!

    • July 30, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      That would be a problem. Minimalism has its place but I admit I am less enamored with it than I was several years ago.

  17. July 30, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Just off a 20 day trip and feeling the same way…and that often happens when we’re at our home in the south of France. I took more than usual on this trip, and we were not moving around, but staying in Aix, so not just I, but everyone we spent time with probably got bored with my outfits! Can you believe I ordered two dresses shortly after getting home from our transatlantic flight last night! Determined to have some new choices for our next trip!

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      I do believe it, I have been shopping already twice! 20 days in one place would be tough out of any sized suitcase. I love Aix!!

  18. July 30, 2018 / 4:46 am

    Right now I’m sick of my clothes because most are in storage. Sold our house — thought we had another so I packed just long enough to get through the closing. The inspection saved us from making a huge mistake with the house!! So now we are in Limbo renting an apartment, furniture, and kitchen items. I should rent the clothes too. Oh well, one of these days I’ll laugh about it.

    • July 31, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Oh no Marisa! Thank goodness for the inspection but what a scary thing. Good luck!

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