I’m not going to lie: this is, by far, the earliest I’ve ever packed ahead of a flight. Despite the fact that I’ve only made it to my carry-on, and am not at all prepared to think about New York’s Summer in this Sydney Winter chill; despite the likelihood of me tipping the lot out tomorrow and starting again, and that all of my liquids will surely end up over 100mL unbeknownst to me until that blasted security check point (all the officers there now have the nicest skin, having confiscated at least twelve of my cleansers and moisturisers over my flying years – I really never learn). Despite all of that, I am, for once, in the right mindset to be taking off in 36 hours, doing my Evidence assignment on the plane, and getting straight to work as soon as I land – usually, I’m a sweaty and scrambling mess with too many bags, too many clothes, and no toothbrush.
To my credit though, I’ve never missed a flight. Touch wood.
As somebody who dresses based on mood and the weather, packing for the opposite season, where you want people to take you seriously 24/7 without looking like a snob, is disgustingly difficult. So often, I discover that I have packed (in the loosest meaning of the verb) what I felt like wearing that day, and it’s now twenty degrees hotter, and twice as cynical. After six seasons of getting it wrong, I have learned the hard way that even if you’re stuck with the same boyfriend jeans and literal man shirt, all will be forgiven if your clutch has a giant mouth on it. And, Fashion Week or not, all jewellery and accessories absolutely must come with you in your carry-on along with beauty products, documents, a 1.5L bottle, and all of your underwear (because, if your airline loses your luggage, at least you won’t feel as dirty as you look). The key visual here is to imagine yourself on the floor of your hotel room for three hours, trying to untangle your mess of fine chains and rings.
This has happened to me. Every season.
Not this time.
This time, I’m a day ahead of the game.
Tomorrow, I have a very exciting announcement to make.
Today, I just need to figure out how I’m going to fit my textbooks in with this crowd.
From top left to bottom right:
Givenchy Oversized Chain Bracelet
Beats by Dre x Alexander Wang Headphones