It’s not that I wish this series to be “all about me,” but to my chagrin I’ve discovered as I try to pull the story together I keep flipping back to “what would I take?” It’s sort of embarrassing. Talk about your unbiased journalist.
New approach. Let me tell you what I wouldn’t include because the first rule of traveling, no, make that dressing period, is you have to have clothes you would actually wear. Makes sense don’t you think?
Can’t get much more basic than that.
Here is an abbreviated list of clothes that I would — admitting upfront the qualifiers, “probably” and “unfortunately” — not pack.
1.) Shorts of any length.
2.) Revealing sun dresses unless I kept them covered up at all times. Kind of a drag really.
3.) Cropped pants. On me they look like regular pants that I’ve outgrown.
4.) And, alas, a bikini.
In my most charitable and loving heart, I hope all of you are folding the above mentioned articles into tissue paper — you know, it prevents wrinkles and all that — as you read these words.
The following is what I would wear while traveling and take with me for the vacation, which, as I’ve mentioned, is totally virtual for me. No matter.
1.) Black linen pantsuit.
(You’re right, I should choose navy. Maybe next year when I don’t go to a resort again.)
**Ummm, lemme explain: You see the white linen suit up there? That’s the suit I would have, except in black, but I couldn’t find it in black so please make the leap of faith. Merci par avance.I wouldn’t mind owning it in white too, but I’d still need the black.
2.) White linen trousers.
Lose the rope.
3.) Black and white seersucker trousers. (Same thing, here and above, pretend you’re seeing black and white stripes.)
4.) Black and white seersucker waistcoat.
5.) A collection of long -sleeve T-shirts and tanks in white, black, Klein blue, one polo in Klein blue. One of the tanks will make a twin set with the below mentioned cardigan.
(I don’t like short-sleeve T-shirts, except for polos which are not really T-shirts, I don’t think they’re chic. Let me know if you don’t agree, or not.)
6.) A long, full skirt.
7.) Two white cotton shirts.
8.) Two classic tank swimsuits, with a medium leg cut — neither the matronly long version nor the high on the cheeks Vegas showgirl interpretation. One in black, the other in navy (or brown).
9.) Two pareos. One cannot leave home without them. And, as you know, they’re great cover-ups as in back-up shawls.
10.) One cashmere shawl in Klein blue.
11.) Two tunic tops — one for shopping, the other more embellished for dinner. (The two shown here are by Tory Burch — she soooo gets it.)
12.) Two summer light cashmere or cashmere and cotton cardigans, one in the same blue, the other in black.
13.) A black T-shirt dress, long or short. At the top from Talbots.
Lots of coral and turquoise jewelry plus fun, wooden or plastic bangles.
Bright blue patent leather ballerinas.
One cummerbund and a couple of grosgrain ribbons to work as belts. Yes, I might use a shell brooch as a belt buckle.
I’ll shop for a new straw tote at a market when I get to wherever it is I’m not going.
With my suit on the plane I’ll be wearing: My black ballerinas, white shirt, seersucker waistcoat, blue shawl. I’ll have a large tote which is my handbag and a carry-on.
(In case you think I’ve over packed, I’m staying two weeks. So there.)
Ed. Note 1: Regarding the suitcase in the earlier post today — and the read toes — everything belongs to my daughter who is a Virgo. I was so amazed that I photographed it last fall.
Ed. Note 2: I have a few more items and coordination options to discuss in the final chapter of this saga tomorrow. I know you were expecting on-the-street pictures, but no one is on the streets. It’s raining in Paris, boutiques near us are closed and everyone else is skiing. I’ll make it up to you.