From the archives. Originally published in 2018.
I always build my packing story starting with a color palette of black and white. I make sure to bring the essentials that are stylish, versatile and comfortable. The one item I rarely leave home without is a black blazer. It truly goes with everything. In the summer, I prefer a slim cut with a bracelet sleeve, like The Row’s “schoolboy” blazer, which looks great with the mainstay of my travel wardrobe – pants, shorts and dresses. I’ll often have it on the plane with me so even in the most casual outfit, I’ll feel pulled together upon arrival.
This summer, while traveling throughout Scandinavia, I was inspired by the way women there injected color into this basic combo. I’m talking about super brights in both solids and prints, that I would normally shy away from. The best part was I realized how easily they paired back to my comfortable base of black and white.
When I returned home, I had an opportunity to collaborate with Net-A-Porter and decided to test drive a few items I had my eye on all season, but hesitated purchasing. A big welcome to a gorgeous pink skirt and a pair of printed blue pants. The black blazer immediately grounded both pieces and added a serious note that might otherwise be missing. I played around styling with heels and flats assuring they could go the distance for upcoming travels. They passed.
Since Sies Marjan debuted in 2016, I’ve been drawn to the saturated color palette and fluid pieces of the collection, but hadn’t seriously considered any of the items. Taking a second look, with a new craving for color, I immediately fell for this beautifully draped silk skirt and imagined the ways I could wear it at home or away. With a blazer and heel, it quickly transformed the most subdued basics.
Testing its versatility, I liked the skirt just as much with a tee and sandals. I’d also wear it with a poplin shirt knotted at the waist or a draped sweater and flats in the fall. Would this make it in my suitcase? Most definitely. I’d be equally inclined to wear it at resorts or urban settings.
Next, I wanted to take a playful print and see how it would integrate with my classics. I found a washed satin, pull-on pant from Double Rainbouu. I knew it would look great with a white tee and sandals, but I wanted to kick it up a notch and give it some structure with a blazer. I think it works beautifully. Often times, a bold print is easily recognizable which makes me tire of it quickly, but that’s not the case with Double Rainbouu’s “Sound Waves” motif, an exclusive to Net-A-Porter. It has a vibe that falls into the beach-to-bar category of favorites that can be dressed up or down.
Fresh off my summer travels where prints and color reigned supreme in every shop and on stylish women around town, I’m excited to introduce more to my wardrobe. They give life to my comfortable classics adding a jolt of energy with a simple unexpected pop of color. I’m starting to hunt down pieces that will work in a variety of settings so I can include them on my next adventure. My new formula when I start to pack will be black + white + bright.
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