Friday, 15 March 2013

TRAVEL LIGHT

Travelling light is a concept I learnt the hard way, especially if you continuously have to bear the crunch of outrageous charges on excess luggage. This brings me to how to pack when travelling abroad. The best advice ever received is to roll each item carefully and fill every space in your bag, not allowing any gaps. Fill the vacuums on the sides with smaller items like socks, tights and underwear. Plan your wardrobe carefully by laying out the outfits in full view, swap items around and create multiple outfits by simply mixing and matching. For mid season, I always travel with at least one pair of Black pants, jeans, and perhaps light weight Chinos that can be worn with a trench. A Breton top is a staple item, since it can create an instant preppy look, or if you are cruising, a very trendy nautical look! I go nowhere without a crisp White button up shirt and flat Ballerina pumps that can easily be matched with most other items. I take shoes in different styles, flat ones for walking and exploring, more sophisticated ones for evenings and nights out perhaps to a theatre or less casual dining establishments, and a pair of boots for sudden bursts of cold weather, and perhaps, a pair of loafers in a classic style. I have also learnt to listen to my dear mother, and accordingly never travel without something warm, not even in summer, unless of course you are headed East to the tropics where the temperature never drops below 25 Celsius  even in winter, like Cambodia or Thailand perhaps!  The outfit below allows me with a few options to re-mix and wear each of these items in the ensemble at least twice again with just three pairs of pants.  My next destination is Europe in mid season, hence at least two jackets and long sleeves, more likely to be needed than summery dresses! In any event, one must not exclude the option of perhaps having to go shopping if your clothes are to warm. The clutch is not very practical for travelling, but this trip requires this particular item for a special occasion! The two tone shoes can take me any where after sunset.....voila!
 
 
P U Jacket - Queenspark (old)
Shoes - Next
Polka Dot Button Up - Cotton On
Pants - Trenery
Clutch Bag - Zara
Neck Piece - Sass Diva
Bracelett - Hermes