This is not a smug blog post. More a I-can’t-believe-it post. It all started with booking a flight to Sydney for the Jasmine Awards. Initially I was only going overnight. Cabin bag only? No problem.
Clickety click and the flight was booked.
But then the invite to Kerri Sackville’s book launch arrived and I was damned if I was going to be flying back home just as the first glass of champers was poured.
So back on the Jetstar website I went and click, click, clicketied my way to an extra night in the Bloggers Suite at Chez Woog.
It was the day before my flight that I realised what I had done.
I was spending two nights and three days in very fashionable Sydney town with a just 10kg of regulation-size cabin bag to carry ALL my outfits.
It was clearly a first world problem of epic proportions, to which incidentally Mr Styling You did NOT show nearly enough compassion. Choosing instead to pick up The Animal and Dyson anything that wasn’t moving. Oh, you know, for the 100th Millionth time.
Anyway back to me. I poured myself a glass of vino (for the 100th Millionth time that LONG, LONG Easter weekend) and proceeded to pull just about everything out of my wardrobe.
When I could no longer see the marital bed, I poured myself another glass and decided there had to be a better way.
I’ve never been one of those “expert” packers. I like to, well, err, on the side of the unexpected. Which roughly translates to packing as much as I possibly can so I can keep my options WIDE open.
But that dear Stylers all changed last week.
I performed a miracle. And as a community service to you, I have documented it for you. Don’t worry, it’s safe to read on. I haven’t photographed my knickers.
How to pack a capsule wardrobe into an over-sized handbag
1. Work out number of different outfits required across time away. In my case it was five. On one day I would be doing three changes.
2. Of those outfits, what pieces could I actually wear more than once without people a) not noticing and b) any resulting stench not being too off-putting? My NYDJ black skinny jeans were worn on the plane, then tizzed up for the book launch and worn again on the flight home Friday. A black Country Road blazer worked first at the Jasmine Awards breakfast over a Sacha Drake silk dress and the got another outing to the book launch. My latest go-anywhere purchase, a black Metalicus trench coat filled the other coat gaps – and folds up in my handbag.
3. I did the same with accessories. I wore my Uberkate necklace and Renee Blackwell earrings on the plane; interchanging for the awards breakfast and book launch with my Salita Matthews statement piece and Peter Lang cocktail ring.
4. Next challenge: shoes. Could I get away with one pair of flats and one pair of shoes? DONT BE RIDICULOUS. Clearly I needed Nat Sui suede booties to go with opaque tights and the Sacha Drake dress. And even more clearly I needed patent Urban Soul 50s-style pumps to go with my tizzed up book launch outfit. Blogger Magneto Bold Too – a girl after my own high-heel heart – did suggest wearing one pair on the plane as earrings. Inspired but in end not required as I got EVERYTHING in.
5. I even got in my essential skincare and beauty must-haves. Absolutely LOVING Jane Iredale’s Eye Steppes and My Steppes for travelling. These round, magnetised palettes contain all you need from eye colour through to blush, bronzer and gloss. Too easy.
The verdict? It all worked. Well, I think it did. No-one muttered under their breath … “and she calls herself a fashion and beauty blogger” … well, if they did, I didn’t hear them because I was having too good a time, or I was busy drinking a French martini. I may just do this cabin bag thing again.
Oh, and another thing …
Lots of people suggested that I just buy clothes when I arrived. Now, I do love that idea and I tried. Really, I did. But seriously, the line-up to get IN the store at Zara was 30 minutes; the line-up to the change-room was another 30; and the register; probably another 30. I say probably because the whole experience was stressful. Not my kind of shopping. I may venture back when things settle down.
What about you? Are you a good travel packer? Or do you like to have “options” on hand?