Happy February everyone! In the coming days, I’ll be sharing my top-secret updates about my upcoming trip to New York Fashion Week with you. I can barely contain myself! But first, PACKING.
If you already follow me on INSTAGRAM, you probably already know how excited I am to cover the shows for the very first time for Haute House Flower. I have to admit, heading to Fashion Week as a newer fashion blogger (and not as a fashion publicist) is a bit intimidating. However, I’ve always been a firm believer in dressing the part; if I feel good about my outfit, I truly feel like I can do anything. But what do you wear to one of the most important events in the fashion industry? My policy: whatever you absolutely love. If you have a feeling that your killer tea-length vintage Chanel coat needs “a moment”, then by all means, give her one! Trust your instincts; at the end of the day, they are what composes your personal style.
Outfit coordination can actually be made very simple, just as long as you have a solid packing strategy. I am historically, an over-packer. (hey, a girl’s gotta have options, right?) However, I’ve been trying to fine-tune the art of packing over the years; I’ve always so admired those chic women that effortlessly operate out of just ONE suitcase (or even just a carry-on!) for a week-long trip. I may never get to solo carry-on status, but I’ve definitely improved. So where to begin? Below are my top three “HAUTE TIPS” for Fashion Week packing.
HAUTE TIP #1: A month before your trip, look up the 30-day weather forecast. If I’m really feeling anxious, I’ll also check out the online farmer’s almanac to get a sense of the region’s historic monthly temperatures. Yes, I’m a nerd. 🙂
HAUTE TIP #2: Think about who you’ll be traveling with (if anyone), and any events, meetings, dinners, etc that might require a dress code. If you’re unsure, look up the venue online. There’s typically a dress code available on the site, or you can call the location. If it’s a recurring event, another option is to check out the hashtag or social media handle for the host company, and you can see how guests have dressed in the past. It’s amazing how much valuable insight you can get via social media. [Disclaimer: I am certainly not encouraging you to dress like everyone else, but being dressed appropriately for the occasion, is always in style]
HAUTE TIP #3: Approximately 10 days before your trip, start curating a rolling rack (also use pant clips to hang a few large clear ziploc freezer bags, and use those to sort your jewelry and smaller accessories) of items that you may already know you want to bring with you. Not sure which occasion you want to wear it to? Doesn’t matter yet, just add it to the rack. Nothing in mind? Start with your underwear. While you’re in that drawer, you’ll probably see other items; socks, tights, that you’ll quickly realize you want to bring, and you’ll organically start to build from there.
I’ll be sharing more of my packing tips in my post later this week. For now, I’m right there with ya, on TIP #3. Over the past few days, I’ve been working on curating some of my favorite tried-and-true ensembles. This Burberry poncho, leather leggings, and stiletto booties is one of my all-time favorite travel outfits, and the separates can be seamlessly reused into tons of different outfit options. What are some of your packing tips? Be sure to share them with me in the comments section below!
Shoes: Forever 21 [similar here]
Right Hand Ring: David Yurman