Ready for take­off

The Weekend Australian - Life - - STYLE - KEN THOMP­SON ken­thomp­son­stylist@big­pond.com

For the past few years my part­ner and I have swung be­tween the icily fes­tive Christ­mas hol­i­day in Lon­don and the wide blue sum­mer skies of the stay­ca­tion in Sydney. This reg­i­men of con­trasts has wedged the wardrobe from trop­i­cal seer­sucker shorts and flip flops one sea­son to lay­ers of ther­mal un­der­wear and wa­ter­proof over­coats the next. I al­ways bless my­self that I was born in the jet age and you can be trans­posed to the other side of the world in the space of a day. A true fash­ion vic­tim’s dream. This year, how­ever, we are mix­ing it up and head­ing off to San Francisco. Still north­ern hemi­sphere but Cal­i­for­nia nonethe­less, and there­fore a slightly more re­laxed ap­proach to win­ter dress­ing is needed. Some stream­line sweat­pants shall re­place the long johns. Good run­ning shoes will help to tackle the hills and a va­ri­ety of blaz­ers and semi-for­mal will take me from lunches on to pre-din­ner drinks. Pack­ing light has never been my forte and I think it’s noth­ing to be proud of. If you really love an item of cloth­ing, throw it in, I say — un­like my part­ner, who is able to live and travel in a few spar­tan, well-cut black sep­a­rates and a sin­gle Prada suit.

No won­der I am for­ever di­alling house­keep­ing for ex­tra hangers.

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