ASK DANIELLE

FQ fash­ion edi­tor Danielle Clausen solves your style dilem­mas

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fash­ion ed sorts your pack­ing

Ev­ery time I take a trip, I end up with a crammed suit­case but still find my­self wear­ing the same thing over and over. How do I avoid the un­nec­es­sary ex­cess and make pack­ing eas­ier?

Tak­ing the time to thought­fully pack be­fore jet set­ting off - whether for a week­end or long haul - is a lux­ury and not a ne­ces­sity. Sure, a su­per tight edit is great in the­ory, but for those who are 'in­stinc­tual' dressers as op­posed to ‘uni­form’ dressers, it might ac­tu­ally cause panic upon reach­ing your des­ti­na­tion. Trav­el­ling with a re­duced wardrobe is more about find­ing an ap­proach that works for you as op­posed to strictly stick­ing to any num­bered guide­lines or tick­ing boxes. Fig­ure out how much room you re­al­is­ti­cally have in your lug­gage for cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories and work back­wards from there...

1. IDEN­TIFY YOUR VIBE Fash­ion hoard­ers need not kid them­selves, if your form of dress­ing is more spon­ta­neous than stan­dard­ised, pack­ing a rigid cap­sule of sta­ple pieces is go­ing to be an ab­so­lute drag. Sur­vey your day-to-day wardrobe space (how­ever hec­tic it may be) and cre­ate a mi­cro­cosm of this in your suit­case space.

2. PLAY­ING FAVOURITES

Re­gard­less of where in the world you are, you’re go­ing to be grate­ful for re­mem­ber­ing those go-to pieces that you reach for time and time again. Did some­one say grey cash­mere sweater? Per­haps you just can’t live with­out your fluffy slides? Start with the gar­ments that bring you most sar­to­rial joy

and pack out­fits around these.

3. AC­TION STA­TIONS

Do a quick men­tal scan through the types of ac­tiv­i­ties and sit­u­a­tions you will ac­tu­ally find your­self in while away and cou­ple this with a Google search of the weather in your lo­cale.

4. IT’S IN THE BAG

It’s a cliché, but much like an of­fice fil­ing sys­tem, us­ing cloth or PVC bags to sep­a­rate items within lug­gage makes things a whole lot eas­ier when it comes to lo­cat­ing some­thing as you rush to happy hour by the pool. And don’t for­get a gen­er­ously sized laun­dry bag. Lastly, never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a sturdy suit­case.

From top: Loqi trans­par­ent bag, $35, and Sam­sonite 82cm suit­case, $1145, both from Smith & Caughey’s. Ookonn suit­case, $594, from Net-a-Porter.Louis Vuit­ton tote, POA. Deadly Ponies pouch, $125. Globe-Trot­ter van­ity case, $2573, from Net-a-Porter.

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