I’m not a material girl, as I’m sure you’ve all deduced by now. I don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy and when it comes to clothes I’m more about what’s comfortable than what’s stylish. But every now and then I get the desire to dress up, either for special events or because the mood strikes me. (Guys, I’ll have something more applicable to you next post, you can safely skip this one).
Those contemplating life in an RV may think they’ll have to give up dressing up once they hit the road. While it’s true you won’t have the same space to work with, I’ve found that traveling and looking nice can in fact go together with just a little forethought.
I like to say that everything I carry needs to serve more than one purpose, and that holds for my wardrobe too. If your closet is as diminutive as mine, you’ll get more utility out of your limited clothing if you can mix and match the tops and bottoms. That way you can put together multiple different looks without needing to have as many different pieces. This photo is an example of my green/yellow/brown clothes.
You’ll see the two items on the right are more casual than the two on the left. I’d wear the panda tee with the capris for everyday wear, if I needed something a little nicer I could wear the sleeveless top with the carpris or the panda tee with the skirt. If I was going to a nice restaurant or for an evening out on the town, I’d wear the skirt with the sleeveless top.
For colder weather, layer. That way you can still make use of most of your warm weather clothing year-round without having two entirely different sets of clothes, it saves on space. I have a couple warm knit sweater tops in neutral colors to wear over my shirts, and a couple nondescript close fitting undershirts I can wear under them.
You can also change the look of an outfit with the presence or absence of jewelry. Like with the clothes, pick pieces that are easy to mix and match and go with several different outfits. You’ll see that most of my jewelry is silver/pewter/bronze colored and will go with about anything. I do have a few pieces with some color in them, and you’ll see those are primarily green because the majority of my nice clothing is green.
Typical jewelry boxes are not very travel friendly. They can come open easily, and if they fall over while you’re driving all of your jewelry will get mixed up. I bought a small plastic tackle box for my jewelry. The dividers go all the way up to the snap lid so I can turn it upside down and shake it, and things will stay where they’re suppose to. You can move the dividers to different slots to get the size of compartment you want. Mine came from Walmart, but you can find them elsewhere too. (Note: if you wear makeup, these little tackle boxes can also work for that).
I’ve never been much of a shoe person and they take up even more room that clothing does so I stick to just a couple pair that will go with everything. If you’re bent on bringing lots of shoes with you, think about keeping a Tupperware in storage that can hold them all since you likely won’t have room in your RV entryway. You can keep one or two pair of regular shoes in the RV, and just switch them out for a specialty pair when needed. I’ve also heard of ladies who’ve had luck with those shoe organizers that hang over a door (although you’ll need a large enough door in your RV for this method to work). A nice thing about those is they take up vertical space that otherwise goes to waste in many RVs.
One thing you’re more likely to run into while RVing than living stationary is wardrobe boredom. Even if you can mix and match your outfits there are only so many different looks you can get. I do just about all of my clothes shopping in thrift stores, so when I find that I’m no longer wearing a piece of clothing, if it’s in good shape I’ll take it back to a thrift store and shop for a replacement. This way it doesn’t sit in the RV wasting space, it goes to someone else who is going to enjoy it more, and it doesn’t cost much to replace. If you enjoy shopping in thrift stores, it’s even better when you travel a lot because you’ll always have new stores to shop in.
That wraps up everything I have to say on the subject, but if any of you ladies out there have anything else to add (or ask), you know what to do!
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