9 Pieces, 11 Outfits – Spring Packing 2015

After the capsule wardrobe / fall packing lists (found HERE), I’ve gotten tons of requests for spring versions.  I make the fall ones because I’m usually on a long trip for Thanksgiving, while my spring trips tend to be at campgrounds and not worth mixing and matching efforts.  While I’ve done a couple of smaller capsule wardrobe packing help posts for warmer weather listed on that page, like 7 Pieces 7 Outfits I’ve finally got a spring packing list for ya!

Some of you had heart eyes about this duffel on Instagram.  It’s stripes!  What’s not to love?!  I don’t usually use duffel bags as my primary bag on flights since I’d prefer rolling my luggage through the airport, but as an extra bag or for road trips I think they’re a lot less bulky.  This Sole Society striped duffel bag is adorable, comes with 3 large interior pockets, and two external pockets.

Anyway, on to the list!

spring packing list
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*links have been updated with 2017 equivalent



Here’s the generalized list of items:

  • 3 tops – 1 neutral, 1 patterned with neutral background, 1 color (could be another neutral)
  • 2 completer pieces
  • 3 bottoms – 2 solids, 1 patterned (or all 3 solids)
  • 1 dress – neutral, patterned, colored or whatever.  As long as it goes with at least 1 of your completer pieces.  

If all 3 of your bottoms are solids, you could do more patterned tops.  And vice versa.


Shoes
I’m indecisive about whether or not to count shoes in the numbers, but I usually try to limit my shoes to two pairs regardless, and usually neutral shoes.  Shoes take up way more space in my suitcase than adding more shirts, so those are the worst culprits of all, in my opinion!

In this case, I chose my sparkly sandals from Target for casual outfits and my two-toned Naturalizer Dahnny for slightly dressier looks.  I like the Dahnny because they toggle the line between casual and dressier.  (The kind of dressy you do when you’re on vacation, anyway.)  I also played around with white sneakers in exchange for the glitter sandals, and they would totally work with all of the flat sandal looks.

And now, OUTFITS!

spring capsule wardrobe

I tried to have a mix of casual and slightly dressier outfits for spring vacations and chose pieces that allowed some flexibility with the weather.  I used 4 different necklaces, though you could get away with just one or two.

Using This List

Based on past questions and comments, I thought I’d make something clear: I would not use a list with 11 outfits for an 11 day trip.  I wouldn’t max out my options like that.  I would use this for closer to a 7 day trip.  I wouldn’t want to worry about things like the weather not working out properly for each outfit in my arsenal.  Like, I have 3 outfits with shorts here.  What if my weather app was wrong while I was packing and it turned out to be too cold for shorts during my entire trip?  Also, I wouldn’t want to worry about needing to wash clothes.

My purpose is to have options without overpacking, and not have to limit myself to only one outfit choice per day.  If I have 11+ outfit options for a 7 day trip, then it affords me flexibility for unexpected things, like weather changes or surprise activities (that fancy evening out you didn’t plan, that day you spontaneously decided you wanted to chill at the park, etc.)

Obviously you can use this list however you want, but that’s how I use these things.  🙂



Happy packing!

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  • Reply
    Jessica S
    March 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    You are so amazing at this! I have been reading your blog for years and you still blow me away at how you can mix up your looks with a minimal amount of pieces. I kind of want to buy every one of these pieces just so I can have these same outfits. 🙂

    -Jessica
    http://www.wearitforless.com

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    Christine
    March 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Where are the necklaces from?

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    Tara
    March 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    So many great pieces and ideas, thanks!

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    Becky @ bybmg
    March 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Great ideas! I've been scouting out a pair of floral shorts!

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    Erica
    March 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    You really are so talented at being able to put together these flawless outfits! Thank you for sharing these great ideas. We're headed to Panama City Beach in May for five days, and this will be perfect. Thanks again! btw – This may be the first time I've said "hey!", but I've been a reader for a while and think your site is just great!

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    teresasreadingcorner
    March 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I love the idea of packing light and remixing on a trip but I can't get past one thing. Please help me as it will make my life a whole lot easier. If only taking a few items with the intent to re wear them how do you handle more rigorous activity? I usually sweat while doing things on vacation leaving my clothes less than fresh. As a mom, chances are something will be spilled on me at some point?

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    Becky
    March 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I really LOVE this post of yours! I am currently getting ready to go through my closet and re-think my wardrobe. This helps in even making a more minimalistic wardrobe, and for not overpacking for a trip 🙂 It really helps to see how you can make 11 outfits out of just 9 pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, thanks, Jessica! That means a lot to me. 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    The teal one is from Nordstrom 3+ years ago, yellow pendant is Old Navy a couple years ago, pink one is H&M a couple years ago, and the yellow statement is from Carrie Grace's Necklace Club, but it's not sold in her shop.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I like these Old Navy floral shorts because they're 5" instead of 3". Personally, my legs don't agree with 3" shorts! 😛

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks so much, Erica! And also, thank you for saying hi. Sounds like a fun trip!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I started packing mix and match outfits because a few years ago I packed for Thanksgiving in such a way that I only packed outfits, but none of the clothes went with each other apart from the outfit I chose it for. When I got to my destination I no longer wanted to wear some of the outfits, or they didn't fit for some activities I hadn't anticipated, and I was stuck without any other options. For me these are more about the ability to have options without having to pack separate clothes for, say, 11 different outfits (22+ pieces).

    If I were going hiking or to Florida where I know I'd sweat a lot, I would pack more items–probably a couple more tops since they don't take up as much room as bottoms for me. That's just the reality of the situation and you've gotta pack what you need for your trip without worrying about whether you're being minimalistic enough.

    I hope that helps a little!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Glad to hear that, Becky! 🙂 Good luck with your wardrobe revamp!

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    Sarah Lopez
    March 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    You just make this all look so easy… I've been following your blog for years now and I still can't seem to get to even a basic re-mixable wardrobe! I lack two important resources: time and money. Haha! Plus I feel like nothing ever fits me right… I think I will forever just live vicariously through your amazing wardrobe. 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I'm definitely glad I purchased the floral shorts!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Noooo, Sarah, you can do it too! Though, it did take me a lot of time. A LOT. But back when I started there weren't a lot of blogs telling you how to create one (which is why I started mine.) When I first started blogging almost 4 years ago I couldn't mix and match anything I had. I started slowly adding piece by piece–mostly basics because my closet was totally lacking them. And a couple of bottoms that were not regular blue jeans since I had like 5 pairs of those. Start with some solid bottoms (skirts or jeans or slacks) in a couple of different colors and it'll change your wardrobe so much!

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    Becky @ bybmg
    March 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Yep, I'm with ya. I've been scoping those out. I'm more of a 5" inseam gal, too.

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    teresasreadingcorner
    March 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    That does help. Its not just about re mixing but truly coordinating so that you can use any items that are able to be re worn.

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    flybrarian
    March 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I love all these pieces but where did you get the floral tee in the top photo?!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    From H&M back in October. I posted a REALLY similar one at the bottom of this post: https://www.puttingmetogether.com/2015/03/florals-and-brights-and-coordinating.html, and you can see the other ways I've worn the top here: https://www.puttingmetogether.com/search/label/floral%20H%26M%20blouse

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    And Buttercup is my favorite PPG!

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    Casey
    March 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Ha! Agree! I just tried on those shorts yesterday and LOVE them!!! Thank goodness for 5"!! 🙂

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    Kimberly
    March 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! Where are the necklaces from? 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Kimberly! Teal – Nordstrom, Pink – H&M, Yellow Pendant – Old Navy (all 2-3 years ago). Yellow statement – Carrie Grace's necklace club (given to me by a friend) http://www.carolinegshop.com/product/2015-necklace-club but it's not sold in her shop.

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    samantha
    March 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    You never cease to amaze me! I just got donated and then stored a bunch of clothes (thanks to you and un-fancy.com) and am totally overwhelmed at trying to make my wardrobe remixable on a small budget, but I've been reading your blog for years and am determined to do it! This post makes me want to buy all of those items, I love your style and it works great for my work situation!

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    Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side
    March 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Love this! Thanks for posting! You always come up with such great outfits and pieces to pair together.

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    Kimberly
    March 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks so much! They are cute. The one on the coral top and floral shorts – is that from Old Navy?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Coral top with floral shorts? That's the pink one from H&M.

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    Kimberly
    March 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks! 🙂

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    the cape on the corner
    March 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    i really love this collection, and interesting that you say this is not for 11 days. perhaps that's my problem when i pack a collection, i need to pack for a few extra in case days. thanks!
    b

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    Jessica @ Here&Now
    March 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    You are officially a genius! I am going home for a long weekend and this is going to be my packing guide!
    xx

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    Anne
    March 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    LOVE. So much springy pretty here, and remixing at its finest. I love the variety of dressing up/dressing down that can be done with these… now for some weather to wear the outfits in.

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    Laura Ryner
    March 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Love this so much. Thank you for posting. Gonna try to get that polka dot dress from Instagram after work today. This would be a great packing list for my Orlando trip. You are the best.

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    Jan Fisher
    March 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I don't think I've commented before but love your site! I am heading to Florida in May for a week and am really going to try packing as you suggest…I just have such a hard time! I always over pack and can't decide what I will feel like wearing when I get to my destination! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Claudia
    March 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you for the post! I was needed some inspiration for my upcoming shopping spree~

    http://toomanybiases.blogspot.pt

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    Lauren Wickersheim
    March 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I LOVE this Audrey – I'm fascinated by all capsule packing posts like this but these outfits are really my style. I'm starting my 2nd trimester and have some trips upcoming this summer, so I'm going to combine these looks with your maternity capsule wardrobe post and try to really get some remixing bang for my buck with the pieces I buy! Thanks for this!

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    Diana Cloudlet
    March 25, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Your blog
    is amazing! I really like it! I know how much time it requires, but you did a
    really good job! Keep doing it!)

    Diana
    Cloudlet

    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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    Diana
    March 25, 2015 at 12:49 am

    You make this look so easy! I finally have some colored bottoms on my wishlists/plan to purchase soon list. I think that will really help with the remixing. You are making me step out of my easy comfort zone and that's good! Just scary. =)

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    Big Fan
    March 25, 2015 at 1:13 am

    You are amazing! I love your blog!

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    Happinessatmidlife
    March 25, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I like this idea to visual my options before a trip. I am horrible at packing and never bring anything that matches over than all black & white.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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    Bethany
    March 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    This, is great, Audrey! We just spent several days in Washington, DC and the weather was waaaay colder than I'd anticipated so I had to "recycle" quite a lot of items…thank goodness I'd packed many versatile pieces and enough to get by, not just for me but for our children as well. Extras were also a lifesaver when the stomach bug hit, ugh. 🙁 Anyhoo, thank you for taking the time to write these posts- they really help!

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    Natalie Ann
    March 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Great post! I definitely need to do this as I'm constantly spending so much money on clothes that I can only wear the once with one thing!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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    Lauren {Fizz & Frosting}
    March 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I'm about to head to Sacramento next week to visit with my family, and this is giving me lots of packing inspiration! I'm the worst about over-packing and then shopping too, which leaves me with way, way too many items!

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    Lazy Lady
    March 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I love that skirt!

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    Kelly Potter Scott
    March 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Amazing – thank you for this, such a valuable tool to use since I ALWAYS overpack.

  • Reply
    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Have fun on your trip!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Whew! I feel relieved FOR you, just hearing about the trip and how the way you packed saved you guys. Way to go!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    YES, you need to get some colored bottoms! If not jeans, then skirts. Those seem to be less scary or more acceptable in color for some reason.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks, Diana!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Glad to hear that, Lauren! And good luck with the maternity capsule!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for writing, Jan! Have fun in Florida! I would pack a few extra tops (that go with at least 2 out of the 3 bottoms I chose) because Florida is MUGGY and you'll sweat. Unless, of course, you have access to a washer/dryer. Then you don't have to worry about that I guess!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Have fun, Jess!!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 25, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I think you can totally do it on a small budget, but it'll just take more time and patience. Good luck, Samantha!

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    Coco
    March 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Great tips! You make it look so easy!
    xo
    Coco
    COCOCOZY

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    Crystal
    March 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Audrey, You're an inspiration to so many. You brighten up my day with your creativity. I am one who typically wears teeshirt and jeans mostly bc I have a little one too. Thanks so much for all your hard work!!
    If you recall can you tell us where did you buy that beautiful yellow (shorter of the two) statement necklace?! Also could you start to incorporate a more comfortable shoe options a bit more. Your shoe selections are always always so pretty but not the most comfy for everyday run a round. lol =)

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    Anna Wegner
    March 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Great outfits! I like to pack things that can mix and match with each other, too. A lot of times I'll pick a few basic colors and stick to those to help with that. Thanks for the ideas!

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    Jessica
    March 26, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I love that bag! Those stripes are amazing. Do you find that it's a good enough size for a 7-day trip like this? It seems like those interior divisions might make it difficult to fit everything in there.
    Thanks so much for this post.
    — Jessica

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    jennifer patel
    March 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    How do you decide which accessories to take. I always end up with WAY too many.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    What do you mean about the interior divisions? There are only pockets, not actual divisions. And for a 7-day trip…I could pack all these items, which I'd take on a 7 day trip. Just depends how many shoes or hair tools you're packing!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I try to limit it to a small zip lock bag size. And I usually choose the clothes along some sort of color palette. Here it was a lot of white and coral, so yellow or teal accessories worked with all the items.

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    Jessica
    March 26, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh I see it now! I mistook the pockets in the picture to be a solid
    divider down the middle of the bag. Oops. Thanks so much for clarifying
    that!

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    Chioma
    March 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    thanks for sharing your tips. I have just landed a new job that requires me to travel often and I'm certain I can use these 🙂

    Chioma

    C's Evolution of Style

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    Lisa Hamel
    March 27, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I took a cruise in December, and since we had to fly to our port of departure, hubby requested that I pack as light as possible. Thanks to all your posts like this, I was able to plan a great vacation wardrobe, and I never felt like I had nothing to wear. You're awesome!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 27, 2015 at 4:36 am

    That is SO AWESOME to hear, Lisa! Seriously!! Thank you for sharing that!

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    Ruth-Sonja
    April 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    You could always replace heels with ballet flats or sometimes sneakers. At least that's what I do 🙂

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    Karis Crawford
    May 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Audrey,

    I just recently discovered your blog and I am so in love! Thank you so much for pouring so much time and heart into blogging! This might be a silly question but I'm in love with your two-toned Naturalizer's you show here. But, I have weirdly weak ankles and zero balance skills haha. Are these pretty easy to walk in?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    June 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Karis! So glad you're enjoying the blog!! For the Naturalizers, I don't have weak ankles so I don't know what the challenges might be. However, the heel is thick and therefore sturdy, and I typically find that easier to walk in than a small heel. Hope that helps! They're also currently on sale: http://bit.ly/1dKdKKV

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    Allison Laurent Keiser
    June 22, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    are there any other options for the moto jacket….this one is gone

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    Sandra
    June 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hi am a recently divorce teacher age 53.but I feel 36 .I don't have much money to spend. So I have to add style to what I already have.body type even portion. Tall 5ft 11.

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