I came across this article in Allure’s “special issue” magazine. Diane von Furstenberg shares some of her packing tips. Just wanted to share, hopefully, you enjoy it as much as I did.
Visualize where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, and be sure you have an outfit for each occasion.
Start with the basics For just about any trip, you need a black cocktail dress: a nice pair of pants and a party top; comfortable pants for day; two good T-shirts; a slim, neutral sweater; a day dress; a cashmere scarf you can use as a wrap; a coat that’s elegant enough to wear in the evening; and a leather jacket in case you end up on the back of a motorcycle. Always stick a bathing suit in your bag in case you unexpectedly find yourself somewhere with a pool.
Make it work (Diane von Furstenberg) I design clothes the way I pack, everything goes together. It’s not that all the colors or fabrics should be identical, but the coat should go with the cocktail dress, and so on. That way, you won’t worry about putting outfits together when you arrive. And make sure that all the pieces you bring can be layered.
Dress it up You never know when you’re going to be invited to a fancy party. Jewelry is the easiest way to make an outfit more formal, and it doesn’t take up much space.
Think on your feet Shoes are a problem because they’re bulky. Bring one pair of sturdy loafers or fancy sneakers that are comfortable and go with your day clothes. Next, you need boots or flats (if it’s chilly) or flats (if it’s warm). And bring one good pair of evening shoes.