Hey sports fans! Welcome to my next packing guide to our nation’s capital, Canberra. I’m over here for the wedding of a school friend. Here’s what I’m bringing with me:
|Crop stripe pima tee||Can’t go wrong with stripes. I’m usually never into cropped cuts, but this one is surprisingly flattering.|
|Burgundy merino knit||I love a good burgundy jumper, and this one is divine. Beautiful colour, beautiful fabric weight, really flattering neckline too.|
|Denim tee dress||Continuing on my love of lightweight denim. This dress has pockets, is no nonsense, simple, and practical.|
|Bleach wash high rise skinny jeans||My first time wearing skinny jeans. I know, right? Who am I!?|
|Grey sports leggings||Another ‘what the’ moment – embracing leggings and taking these out for a spin.|
|Burgundy cotton cardigan (old)||Light cardigan, doesn’t do much for insulation but it’s a good colour, long length, and easy to layer with.|
|Canvas sneakers||My first fashion sneakers. Will review these and the whole white shoe trend a bit later.|
|Waxed canvas rain jacket (similar here)||Apparently it’s going to be wet everywhere so I may as well bring my own rain jacket.|
With Canberra being so inland you can experience truly pendulum swinging temperatures in a day, anything from the negatives all the way into the 40s. A quick check of the future forecast for the weekend reveals fairly chilly nights (10-11°), but humid and rainy in the day with higher temperatures (25-29°). What a combo!
However we have about a 7 hour wait time in Melbourne and instead of just hanging about in the airport, the husband and I are going to bus into the city and make a mini day trip out of it. Melbourne weather for that day is forecast to be cold winds, rain, but 29°. And I thought Tasmanian weather was weird.
Packing and dressing as a result though is going to take a bit more thought than usual.
Melbourne stopover + travel outfit
I’m pairing my leggings with the denim tee dress because 1) the dress has pockets (yay!); 2) the dress is just really convenient and easy to deal with whilst travelling, being a one piece solution; and 3) leggings means elastic waistband comfort. I also figured the safest option for me coat wise would be to just bring my rain jacket. It’s seems overkill for a weekend away, but the forecast in both Melbourne and Canberra is wet anyway (and, ya know, I like to over think these sorts of things). If it does pour then I’m covered, literally; if it gets cold and grey well the jacket is lined in flannel so I won’t freeze completely; and if it turns out to be sweltering hot then I can just ditch the leggings and jacket and the tee dress will keep me perfectly comfortable.
Checking in + dinner
I’ve gone with the skinny jeans, crop tee, and merino jumper. These jeans are incredibly stretchy and soft, which means comfortable to walk around in but they will also accommodate my expanding belly for dinner. The jumper is very lightweight so I won’t overheat, but the merino wool should give me a little bit of warmth even if it suddenly cools down.
You’ll recognise the dress as being my red lace number from my capsule of fancy wear (find that post here). I’ve paired it with a pair of heeled sandals that have chunky heels (no hobbling on skinny stilettos) and are of a modest height of 3 inches (because I’m fine with being only fun sized in height, and am long over the days of sky highs).
Since I’ve started up pole again though I’m going to have to review my fancy wear. Unfortunately from my rib cage up, my muscles have developed to such a degree that a few of the more figure hugging dresses do not fit me around the shoulders and upper back anymore. Rather than having a relatively straight up-and-down shape I now find I’m more of an athletic triangle, which means I’m going to need to review my dresses for the future.
The trip back home won’t have such a long stop over so I’m going with the cropped tee, leggings, and light cotton cardigan to guard against any cabin chill. Everything is soft, super comfortable, easy to layer with, and easy to move in.
Now, I’m going to take the long weekend coming up for a bit of a break, but I’ll see you back here on Wednesday 🙂 Have a great weekend!