Let me grab my passport and I’m outta here. Not sure where I’m going yet but I’ve always wanted to travel to Paris or Rome on a whim. Just take an overnight bag and go.
But what to pack in an overnight bag? Because a city break usually involves only three to four days away, I want to make sure that I’m packing winning outfits, which make me look and feel good regardless of fat or frumpy days (my bad hair days seems to have been defeated by Kerastase “K boucles d’art”).
I actually don’t mind having such a limited luggage space. In a way it seems liberating. Sometimes too much choice and I’m lost (yes, even when it comes to packing a suitcase or perhaps especially when it comes to packing my suitcase). When I pack I never stray too far from my usual style (Ok, my comfort zone). Sometimes I’m tempted to pack some crazy combo I haven’t road tested yet or those clothes that have been “waiting for the right moment” but I quickly tell myself that that moment hasn’t come yet.
I usually start with shoes and plan my outfits around them. Some people start with jewelry or bottoms but for me it’s shoes every time. I usually travel in jeans and pack a pair of leather trousers, a pencil skirt (that’s a shape that works for me), a trench or a blazer (depending on the weather), a shirt, cashmere jumper and two to three tees to layer under my jumper if it gets cold or just under a blazer (soft grey tee + leather pants + good quality jacket= Emmanuelle Alt style).
Of course each one of these items get a seasonal update. I’ve picked up those Isabel Marant strappy sandals I’m wearing on the Outnet. I fell in love with them so much that I’ve ordered the next day delivery and have been wearing them around the house the whole Sunday. My denim shirt is from Zara and is this season update on my ever expanding shirt collection. I love its dark, sophisticated wash. It goes a dream with my Altuzarra for Target snakeskin effect pencil skirt.
When it comes to handbags, I usually just pack one so I make sure it goes with every outfit. If I have en extra space in my suitcase, I would rather pack one more pair of heels!
And that’s my suitcase. It’s a far cry from the day when I packed for my first big trip aged 21. I took with me literally all my clothes as well as shoes and even old glossies because I couldn’t part with them. But it’s still a long way away from my ultimate goal, which is to be able to pack a change of underwear, a bronzer and an extra cashmere jumper in my old Mulberry Bayswater and be out of the door. Do you think that’s realistic?
What about you? Do you streamline your suitcase or do you always overpack?
PS. If you are heading to London on a city break don’t forget to check out our Shopping Guide part 1 (part 2 coming soon!).
Heels: Isabel Marant
Wool trench: Burberry
Skirt: Altuzarra for Target