Apr 13, 2012
Recently I referred back to the book “Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style“ for a refresher on packing a wardrobe. I thought I’d share some excerpts from the “packing” chapter.
Love this book.
“ Packing is serious business. As a way to add a bit of fun, may we suggest picking a narrative? Having a narrative is a way to streamline what you are going to bring. If you are going for “Urban Sophisticate Visits the South of France” you will not bring your “Hoedown Elegant” outfits as well. It is a theme around which to pack, a way to ensure that nothing makes it into the suitcase that shouldn’t. You may be tempted by the packing theme “Person Who Wears All the Things in My Closet That I Never Wear.” Resist this. If that kimono top doesn’t feel right in Berkeley, it won’t feel right in Berlin, either.
“The packing theme is also a way to avoid that malady that strikes so many travelers: Aspirational Packing Syndrome.“
“The good packer is able to look inside herself and be honest about what will be worn.“
“There should be no uni-taskers in your suitcase.“
“Now add some shoes comfortable enough for sightseeing, but chic enough for dinner – may we suggest, yet again, the ballet flat?“
“Your handbag should be roomy enough for your digital camera and for a few wonderful trinkets. It should not, under any circumstances, be a backpack.“
“Your efficient packing will leave plenty of room for items you pick up. That’s what travel is all about, isn’t it? You may regret not buying that incredible clock, but the chance that, months later, you’ll rue not bringing that extra dress is minuscule.“
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