Keeping it real: the trip to Sydney outfit

Keeping it real: the trip to Sydney outfit

Nikki Parkinson Everyday Style, Fashion 37 Comments

Last Wednesday, I got up, made Mr 6’s lunch (he currently has a penchant for grated cheese and barbecue sauce wraps – the nutrition police will come knocking soon), drove him to school and then hopped on a plane to Sydney. As you do.

Well, actually lots of important business people probably do this kind of stuff every day. Me, it’s still got a novelty factor that I hope never goes away.

I was going straight from the airport to the first of two meetings with PR companies.  I was visiting creative fashiony/beauty type offices so I didn’t need to go for a corporatey look. My aim was to arrive looking calm and uncrushed.

I had been thinking a frock.

Then the night before the Twitter feed was telling me it would likely be rainy and cool.

Which on a humid Queensland night I was struggling to get my head around. The very idea of putting a pair of jeans on just made me feel icky. A bit like when as a kid you went back to school after the summer holidays and suddenly had to encase you feet in shoes and socks. Remember that? Icky.

But jeans it was. My trusty NYDJ indigo jeggings (yes, jeggings are VERY ok when they look and feel like jeans with a zip and denim material and all) and a floaty Morrison top (the other key to successfully wearing jeggings or skinny leg jeans when, like me, you are not … well … umm .. skinny).

It’s all about balancing proportions. You want to balance sleek and structured with floaty for interest … and a hide the bits you don’t like flattering look.

Oh, and the Gorman shoes featured last week came out to play. Of course they did. And no, my husband still refuses to acknowledge their existence. But we all know that’s his problem.

Keeping it real: the trip to Sydney outfit

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain |  Uberkate | Morrison | NYDJ | Gorman

Do you travel for work? Any tips for arriving looking fresh? And your thoughts on jeggings?

PS. I followed this post with my take on jeggings – and how they are not a dirty fashion word when worn correctly!

Comments 37

  1. Love this look, Nicki! I decided quite some time ago that I would never ever buy any piece of clothing which requires me to get up earlier to iron. Ever. It revolutionised my world! I’m also a big, no, HUGE fan of the old lazy wash your hair the night before and straighten the next morning trick!

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  2. This Sydney weather makes it almost impossible to dress for the day, Nikki. You totally nailed it.

    My only tips for air travel – besides jersey, jersey, jersey – are take a mister to keep your makeup fresh and do a few leg exercises while you’re up up and away to keep the cankles at bay. Or maybe that’s just me… x

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  3. Wow, spot on Nikki… I love this look … You look brilliant! Can you do a special on Jeggings or even those skinny jean thingys. A question I am dying to ask: Can a 40+, size 12-14 (ok, 14!!!!) 163 cm shorty do skinny pants??? NYDJ here I come!

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  4. Looking forward to wearing jeggings/skinnies with ankle boots and tunic tops this autumn. I can’t wear those lovely clogs you’ve got as the jeggings are usually too short for me so ankle boots and long boots solve that problem. Had an amazing epiphany on the weekend – I have never thought of wearing a tube skirt with tunic tops that are a little too short – have ordered myself one and going to test theory out. What do you think Nikki? PS. You look gorgeous for your plane trip too.

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  5. I will definitely join the jeggings club. They are THE BEST things ever invented as long as you follow the rules – jeggings are NOT pants as we all know and as long as your butt and any hint of camel toe are covered you are laughing.
    (You are also able to breath and stretch and bend and jump etc. etc. etc.)

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  6. I have the slightly opposite weather problem – I live in Armidale NSW, which is in the highlands, and travel to Sydney on business, so I can leave in freezing pre-dawn temps and arrive in relatively warm and humid (I said relatively!) Sydney. My solution is to wrap myself in a big scarf, which is great for the plane and can be folded away on arrival, and always take a cardie instead of a jacket. In the winter I also often have a coat in the car (which is left in the carpark of the airport) for when I arrive back and have to rush off to pick up kids from after school care.

    The one thing I struggle with is my skin, which goes all shiny as it attempts to adjust to the different humidity conditions of ground – plane – ground – any tips?

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      Ah, Ms DB, sounds like you’ve got this down to a fine art. Re the skin, I like to carry some Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Papers in my handbag for just that (http://www.margifox.com.au/jane-iredale/products/finishing-touches/facial-blotting-papers) – I blot with these and then dust a bit of fresh powder on and set it with a face spritzer (http://www.margifox.com.au/jane-iredale/products/finishing-touches/balance-spritz). Seems to do the trick!

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