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We are emigrating in July and not taking anything but a suitcase each. I need advice of a capsule wardrobe which will fit in a suitcase for summer to autumn. I will then ship a winter capsule wardrobe over in September.
I don't want to shop much in Vancouver, so would like advice on good easy to wear/washable clothes.
DS will be 10months. I am tall with long legs, broad shoulders, small boobs, chunky thighs, small waist. I have bad knees and back so don't do heels.
I think it's quite hot there in the summer, and often rains.
I've gone the other direction ( vancouver to uk). Weather is not unlike uk. It is not often what I would call "hot" in summer. Well maybe hotter than here but not hot by Canadian summer standards typically. It rains you need wellies. You don't mention if you are working or not but I would be a bit wary of buying everything here. Canadians are generally much more casual in their dress. Unless you have a job that requires a specific formal dress then you will probably find everyone more casual. People in Vancouver wear loads of gorgeous sportswear type things that will be different than what you find here ( and probably cheaper there too). Think Lululemon type stuff. As a wild generalisation I would say most people in Vancouver look like they are going/coming from a posh gym a lot of the time.
Also North America is probably cheaper for sports/ casual stuff. Places like Old Navy are good for cheap things and great for kids clothes. Last time I was home people were impressed by things like Hunter wellies ( god awful expensive there)..... Not sure if this helps or not
And re: rain. It does rain alot but I think people deal with it differently. Less people walking around with umbrellas and macs and more often just trendy gore tex top layers. It is often just sort of light drizzly rain ( that messes with your hair). It is a great place though have fun.
Oh and there is a place called Mountain Equipment Coop ( or MEC) and for joining ( cant even remember if you had to pay if so it was almost nothing) is the best place to start looking for any sports gear ( clothes or otherwise). They are online but the stores have lots more and they do great goretex, kids fleeces etc. It is one of the places we always go when we go back home.
Oh baby. Goretex and Fleece..... Mark my words in a year they will no longer strike fear in your heart. . Wear whatever you want REALLY no one will think you are a freak or anything ( they might think you are a foreigner but then you will be).
And there is Goretex and then there is GORETEX.... Same goes for fleece. Right now all you can probably picture are lumpy shapeless garments ( maybe with pictures if wolves on them) but truly there are fabulous flattering things out there especially if you are prepared to spend some cash. I do think you are going to have a culture shock though so maybe don't buy too much unless 1) you are positive you love/need it and 2) can't buy it there ( and probably cheaper)
As soon as you get here then, go on ALL the clothing websites and sign up for emails, you'll get a load of discount vouchers coming through. I never pay full price at banana republic. Weekly there will be 40% off for instance.
I'd say just bring your absolute favourite things. <you're not really coming with ONE suitcase are you?> No need to change your normal style surely?