Friday, December 9, 2011

Packing in Layers

As many people start to get packing for a cozy holiday at home I have a few tips for you to hopefully help you keep yourself in the overhead as checking at the holidays can lead to fashion disasters with lost luggage. With tens of thousands of miles under my belt in just the last 6 months I have learned a few things along the way.

The true key to packing is layers. It always feels disjointed to me when I'm putting it in the bag and a little like you're simultaneously packing too much and absolutely nothing but with the right layers it can turn a small bag into tons of outfits that feel different and cool enough for you.

This photo is taken in Scotland where it actually stays a bit cool in the summer. This is my basic color palette all year round mixed with some black and so I have developed a wardrobe of interchangeable neutral items that are drapey, just the way I like it, but also made of great materials from great brands. I then layer them in interesting ways for casual to elegant occasions (a good swipe of Tom Ford's red lipstick does wonders for a neutral outfit to take it fro day to night).

This is a sweater from 360 cashmere, a T-shirt from T by Alexander Wang and a tank by James Perse, all staple brands for me. I wore these Rick Owens leggings, that I bought in an amazing boutique sale in Amsterdam, to death on our Northern Europe Tour because they go with everything and / or under everything.

Vince makes great lightweight sweaters that are another packing staple of mine. They roll up into nothing but have just a hint of style to a basic sweater to make them cool but wearable over and over. Accessories are another way to mix up your outfits when you are packing for several weeks into a small carry on. A few colored scarves, a couple interesting pieces of statement jewelry can make a big difference. Again, this is where I advocate neutral colors and items that can be worn different ways via accessories and people don't really notice you're wearing the same sweater (well, besides your hubbie).

Another Vince sweater in Copenhagen. It gets a little chilly there even in the dead of summer but these ligtweight sweaters are nice to layer over skirts, shorts and jeans at night because of their shape and weight.

I have these exact same sweaters here with me in Paris and I'm layering them over and under a whole winter wardrobe as well. They are a bit expensive but my mileage out of them is great!

Happy Packing!
xx, SITC

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