Fashion: A walking Levi’s ad packs for Europe…


What could be more exciting than packing for a little European summer rendezvous? Well, let me tell you, anything. Anything would be more exciting. When your wardrobe breakdown consists of 80% denim, 18% oversized coats and the other 2% belonging to a mint collection of overused tees and fashionably unpractical ensembles – the thought of packing a month’s worth of summer ensembles in a small suitcase can be likened to a root canal – just plain painful. But you see, last year, I learnt my lesson. Full-length jeans during a hot Italian day – pure torture and that 2kg Ellery dress that you can’t walk or eat in – anything but Parisian. So this time, there will be no resorting to stealing my travel partner’s denim shorts or buying ungodly dresses in Mykonos. Nope. This time I am going in prepared.



#1 – A silk scarf: because a girl has got to fit in…

When space is of the essence and there are shopping days to be had, a scarf will solve all your accessorizing needs. Playing Parisian? Tie a scarf around your neck. Need to look like you own more than one bag? Tie a scarf around your travel tote. Want to look like you packed more than one pair of denim shorts? Use your scarf as a belt. It’s really more of a necessity than a choice. At the top of my suitcase, a mint collection of Ivana silk scarves. 100% luxurious and 100% won’t be seen on every street corner. European luxury at its finest.



#2 – A Jasmine and Will Red and Navy Stripe Silk Set: because all the cool girls are wearing it…

So after many moons spent fighting the elements and packing for a European winter in the middle of Summer, the one thing I have learnt is that there is no place for your mum jeans in Positano. Unless you plan on sitting in your air conditioned hotel room all day or want to stand out like the unprepared tourist, easy, casual dressing is a must. And it doesn’t come much breezier than a luxurious pyjama set you can wear during your boat tour in Positano. The bonus, you can pair the shorts separately with your t-shirts and pair your shirt with your denim shorts. It’s magic baby.



#3 – A Masini and Chern Pyjama Set: because Vogue said so…

Now at this point, you may be thinking, are you planning on sleeping all the way through your trip? The answer is a resounding no. But I am planning on rolling out of bed and into a local café for a breakfast with a view. I am also planning on utilising space in my suitcase for a little shopping so a pyjama set that can be worn during the day is a no-brainer. This time I am opting for the Marrakesh set. It’s the kind of two-piece I imagine Jackie Oasis would have swooned around in during her travels. What a dream…



#4 – Petite Grand EVERYTHING: because all the cool girls are wearing it

Ok, bit dramatic I know. By everything, I really mean the Oval Drop Necklace, because it will take all my overused t-shirts from poor to Louise Follain. T-shirt with holes or holes in the t-shirt? No one would know the difference. Plus it adds the finishing touch to that little LBD for a night out. Next on the hit list are the Oval Hoops in silver. Why? Because Emily said so and if it takes me one step closer to those dreamy Instagram snaps – I’m sold. The finishing touch, the Pompeii Necklace – because a girl has to change it up.



#5 – Willow Bay Tote Bag: because I have learnt my lesson

You see here is the irony. For as long as Vogue has been around, it has been a right of passage for young women to travel to Europe and invest in bags they can’t afford so they can be captured walking down a fashionable street with their leather investments in tow. Only, by the time they get home, all those Celine and Chanel bags have been beaten and bruised by travel – about as much as the credit card which waits to be paid off. But not this time – this time I am traveling with a stylish and practical option that won’t break the bank. Yes, this actually exists. It’s called the Willow Bay Tote Bag. A lightweight, relaxed style tote that looks the part and offers all the trimmings.