Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

It’s T-minus 8 days  until we board a plane and make our way to Croatia and Italy for two and a half weeks of R&R!  I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed and it’s starting to feel legit now!  We’ll be kicking off our vacation in Croatia, where the weather will still be warm and sunny, and then we’re making our way to Italy, where it might get a little cooler toward the end of September and into October.

So what does a girl bring to get her through almost three weeks in Europe in shoulder season?  I have the tendency of either over packing for my trips or packing things that are not versatile enough; there always seems to be something missing.  To remedy this problem, I created a capsule packing system called The and 6 Mix; 6 wardrobe segments that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect vacation wardrobe.  I was inspired by a 54321 packing system that I’ve seen online and although it’s a really great system and works for most, I’ve tested it and still find myself needing a little more to work with during longer vacation periods.  So, I created The 6 and Mix and hopefully it comes in handy when you’re planning your next big trip.

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

The 6 MixTM

The 6 and Mix consists of six wardrobe segments (Dress, Top, Shoes, Jacket, Pants, Accessories) which can be mixed and matched and coordinated to carry you through a three week to one month vacation.  Here’s what you’ll need…

6 Dresses:  I’m a dress girl.  I’ve stated this in multiple posts and still stand by it; dresses are extremely versatile and with a simple switch of the shoes, jacket and handbag, they easily transition from day-to-evening.  I generally bring two casual sun dresses, three casual day-to-evening dresses, and one evening/formal-ish dress for a special occasion.

5 Tops: I like to bring a variety of top options; 2 tshirts, 2 blouses and a tank top.  I suggest keeping the color palette neutral and stick to white, black, cream and beige.

4 Shoes:  Being a shoe girl and like to have options to accommodate my mood, my environment and the weather.  Each shoe must be go with every single article of clothing you pack.  My shoes recommendations are as follows:

White Converse SneakersChuck Taylor All Star sneakers they’re light weight, great for walking and can be coordinated with everything.

Nude Flats Sandal  – great for day or evening and are easy to walk in as well (comfort is everything!).

Nude Heel – a great option for a special occasions or to play up a casual jeans and t-shirt look.

Ankle Booties – ankle booties come in handy for cooler or rainy days.  They are extremely versatile and work with dresses and jeans.  I would stick to a tan or brown leather or suede option with a low heel like these from Aldo Shoes or Sam Edelman

3 Jackets:  Having a few options for outerwear is always a good idea.  Leather works for those unexpected cooler or rainy day.  Denim is a great light-weight and casual alternative, and a long knit cardigan sweater is great for layering or to wear on it’s own with both dresses or pants.

2 Pants and Bags:  When it comes to bottoms, I opt for a relaxed pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, and black skinny jeans or slim fit trousers; both of which can be coordinated with the five tops above.

As for bags, I suggest bringing a large tote bag or back pack, and a neutral evening clutch.

1 Accessory/Misc.: Bring one of each: sunglasses, hat, scarf, statement necklace, swim suit, pull-over sweater/sweatshirt, pajamas, shorts, leggings, flip-flops, and lounge wear outfit.

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Dresses Left to Right: Value Village, Club Monaco, Barefoot Contessa Boutique

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Pants Left to Right: Rag and Bone, Value Village

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Jacket Left to Right: Winners, Zara

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Shoes: The Bay, Winners, Converse

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

When it comes to packing, I like to roll my things.  I generally start with laying my pants flat at the bottom of the luggage, then my shoes.  In my shoes I’ll stuff socks, belts and my perfume.  I lay all of my dressed and blouses down on the bed and roll everything up.  I do the same with my sweaters and jackets, then place those in the luggage.  This saves so much space and keeps everything in place.  I always bring a laundry bag and put all of my intimate items and accessories in the inside zipper compartments in the luggage.  In between my clothing rolls is where I put my hot tools and vanity bag, and that’s pretty much it!  I try not to over stuff my luggage as I like to keep room for anything I might purchase while I’m away, aka: shoes – hahah!

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, The 6 MixTM, Packing Guide, Europe, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

And that’s my 6 and Mix capsule wardrobe/packing guide.  I hope you found it helpful and useful.  Next week, I’ll be sharing my beauty essentials for traveling.  Thanks for reading and have a fantastic weekend! xo