30 Jan 2020

The Big 5: Surviving With These

The Big 5: Surviving with These on vickiarcher.com

About now, what to wear, loses puff.

What to wear is more about survival than fashion forward-thinking. January is oftentimes bleak, cold and lacking in the excitement and festivities of December. I turn to my tried and true pieces; those I wear over and over. My creative side takes a rest and habit helps me out; it’s not lazy or boring and I consider it practical. Fashion must work for us and these survival pieces are somewhat of a saviour.

This weekend I am away (surprise birthday destination), packing light and alongside the puffer, these 5 pieces will be in the carry-on luggage. If you have been reading along I think you may already know these five.

The Big 5: Surviving with These on vickiarcher.com

turtleneck  ||  cable knit  ||  pleated tulle midi  ||  high rise tulle midi  ||  cashmere jogger pants  ||  drawstring waist sweater dress  ||  lace-ups


The Big 5

The Sweater

Turtleneck or Cable knit style sweaters are my go-to when I want an easy mix with a skirt or pants. They simply do it all and don’t require the level of thought a shirt or blouse do.

The Tulle Skirt

A different choice I know but one I love, especially with a turtleneck sweater and a big cosy puffer jacket on top. This style of a skirt goes everywhere and in most conditions.

The Cashmere Pants

The workhorse of a winter wardrobe and not only superbly warm and comfortable but also cute with the sweater and lace-up boots or trainers.

The Sweater Dress

My permanent travel companion. Never say a word, always do the right thing by me and get me where I need to go. What’s not to love?

The Lace-Up Boots

At VA, we are all wearing lace-up boots, a little combat and a lot classic; I style them with every piece.

Surviving winter with these 5 makes life easy. Yes, please. xv

My Big 5

turtleneck  ||  cable knit  ||  pleated tulle midi  ||  high rise tulle midi  ||  cashmere jogger pants  ||  drawstring waist sweater dress  ||  lace-ups

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Linda B

Vicki, what a great travel capsule wardrobe. I can totally imagine it working.

Speaking of things that work, this post was the one that FINALLY put me over the top. I have been dithering about ordering some combat boots, having trouble picking out a pair and often doubting the choice I was about to make…. I just ordered these ones that you linked to; they were in my short list already. I can’t wait for them to arrive. Thanks for that last push.

And happy birthday wishes to you seem to be in order! Can’t wait to hear about your surprise weekend.


Unlike Linda I can’t quite take the plunge with the combat boot! Can I have four of the top five and just do a suede ankle boot with a chunky heel? The combats are just a step too far for this girl!


You and I are so alike….I live in turtlenecks and a tulle skirt? ALWAYS. Enjoy your birthday travels my dear and February is knocking on our door. Even here in Minnesota, it’s a promising month of pink “car coats” and white fur collars, lace up boots, lighter sweaters and hope.


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