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Those of us who are “women of a certain age” have special considerations when planning travel wardrobes. In today’s post, I’ll show you a sampling of my hot weather travel packing list. Always start by following Travel Fashion Girl’s concept of a Capsule Wardrobe.


This is a four-part article, make sure to read all the posts!


  • PART 1: 9 Tips to Get You Started with A Capsule Wardrobe
  • PART 2: Capsule Wardrobe for Mixed Weather
  • PART 3: Capsule Wardrobe for Hot Weather
  • PART 4: Capsule Wardrobe for Cold Weather


Capsule Wardrobe for Women over 40: Hot Weather

Written by: Phebe Schwartz


How I pack my travel wardrobe: I use packing cubes and have one cube for cold, one for hot, and one for in between weather. Since we’re just traveling (have been on the road for two years thus far), I’ve color-coded my packing cubes, and just pull out one or two cubes whenever we stop long enough to unpack for a while.

Plus I can get away with a few less items in each temperature group because I can overlap – some of the transitional weather items work just fine as a layer for cold weather, or hot weather items can work under a shirt or jacket for transitional weather climates. Again, this expands the options.


Here is my sample capsule wardrobe for hot weather:


Hot Weather Capsule Wardrobe

6 tops + 3 bottoms + 1 dress + 1 outer garment



The base color here is black. (I love black, and yes, that’s always my base color.)

Plain Shirt | Blouse | Shirt | T-Shirt | Flecked Shirt | Sleeveless |  Dress | Long Sleeve | Skirt | Trousers | Denim Shorts | Shorts | Sandals | Thong | Handbag





 We have a black sundress (not spaghetti straps) in knit cotton that can go under or over most of the tops.


For the tops



Most of the tops have either a cap or flutter sleeve to accommodate less-than-muscular upper arms; all the tops look great with the straight black skirt, cropped grey slacks, and either the black or denim shorts (you don’t need both, I just show two examples).


The grey, red, and plain black tops are knits, as well as the black skirt; the white, embellished black, and ivory tops are woven fabrics. All are cotton, linen, or rayon.


For the bottoms


Shorts, skirt, and dress are knee-length or just above.


Tops can be worn untucked or tucked; and the tops can also go over the dress so the skirt looks fuller, or under the dress like a jumper.




Add a cropped black sweater for evenings, sandals in red and black, and a black purse. (Note that with all the loose, floating tops the skirt, shorts, and slacks are more fitted.) Voila, you are set.

In the above capsule wardrobe, I’ve added one piece of outwear , as well as two pair of shoes. I included a handbag, just so you can see how it all comes together.


Advice on a handbag – I prefer small nylon fabric handbags to leather, having had leather get moldy in hot humid climates. Also, I like straps that clip on and off, and carry a spare wrist strap, so I can change a shoulder or cross-body bag to a wristlet or clutch, depending on the occasion.


A scarf or two, some inexpensive jewelry, and you have a complete wardrobe for travel.


Scarves and jewelry are great souvenirs to remember your travels, so you can always pick up a few to tuck into your bag to change up your look.


Obviously, you’ll adjust for your personal style.  You’ll look at what you have in your closet and try compiling your capsule wardrobe. Maybe you only need to buy one or two pieces to tie it all together.

The point is that with just a few well-selected items you can put together a wardrobe that will take you through country after country, location after location, and events ranging from a walk on the beach to an afternoon at a museum to a night at the ballet or opera. You’ll be ready for just about anything, (Okay, if you’re meeting royalty, you obviously need to go shopping.)

But you really don’t need to travel with more than five or six pieces of any one kind of clothing (other than undies and maybe socks).


For more tips, take a look at TFG’s Universal packing lists and learn how to customize them to meet your needs.


Stay tuned for the last post in this series!

What other items would you add to this packing list for women over 40?


Please read the following for more tips and ideas on travel clothing:


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Author Bio: Phebe Schwartz started traveling and living overseas at age 19, and haven’t stopped. Her career has included two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, and a three month trip home from there. As a result of living in Liberia, West Africa, she found a job teaching art in the US Virgin Islands, where she spent 25 wonderful years. Now retired, she and her husband are just traveling the world and having the time of their lives; the plan is to have no plan, the philosophy is that where they end up is where they are meant to be. Follow their adventure at their travel blog: Rolling Luggagers