Let me start by just saying what a fantastic time we had in Europe! We were in Amsterdam two nights, Bayeux two nights and a night in Paris before joining our two week RS BOE Your Way Tour on 9/21. We saw so much that I am completely overwhelmed and can hardly wait to go back! I'm already bored.
So, regarding the packing phase - thanks to much flailing about plus a large dose of common sense PLUS the wonderful advice from many seasoned women travelers on this forum, I succeeded in packing light, felt I looked presentable and best of all, didn't feel like I wanted to never wear these clothes again when I got home. Here is what I packed - I sincerely hope this helps other women when packing for "shoulder season:"
3 Eileen Fisher for Garnet Hill long sleeve scoop neck t shirts - two black, one white
2 Eileen Fisher whisper weight high low hip length sweaters - one black, one dark green
Eileen Fisher black/green checked thigh length tunic
Eileen Fisher black crepe pants
J. Jill black ankle length leggings
2 Grace Elements swingy pleated knee length skirts - one black, one khaki
Black whisper weight cotton maxi tank dress - worn as a nightie
Black Alfani supersoft cardigan
Two pair black tights - one footless
Three tank tops - two black, one white
One light denim cotton button up shirt
One dusky pink cotton/poly button up shirt
Two belts - one basic black, the other funky silver
Three scarves - one black/white, one khaki/black animal print, one charcoal/green/ pink paisley
Eight pair Jockey Elance supersoft undies
Three bras - two black, one beige
One pair compression knee length black hose for plane
One FootJoy black waterproof rain jacket - purchased at my hub's favorite golf shop - go figure
Three pair of shoes - Black Aravon walking shoes, black Aravon ballet flats with 1 inch heel and black Aravon walking sandals
One black Nike swim skort - the only thing I didn't get to wear due to cold weather in Cinque Terre
I took Rick's advice regarding jewelry seriously and just wore my everyday jewelry - wedding ring, watch, silver cuff, my Mother's George Jensen silver ring, faux diamond earrings and my large silver hoop earrings. There was no need for anything else. I didn't include toiletries and makeup on the list but they were minimal, believe me. You can buy whatever you need there.
I owe a very large thank you to a fine group of women on this forum (you know who you are) who convinced me to leave certain things at home, the most important being my new black trench coat and the tunic length sweatshirt that I bought - I had this idea in my mind that I'd be slinking about Paris in that coat - well, nobody slinks over there, they're way too busy running around in their jeans, leather jackets and scarfs, and if I had had that sweatshirt with me in Italy I probably would've thrown it out the bus window.
Cheers folks! Ciao Ciao Ciao Ciao Ciao. Keep on traveling!