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01:35 pm - Proportion and Silhouette, Post #13
Happy day to all! Sympathies to those in the UK who just lost your hour to British Summer Time. I'm still trying to overcome our time change two weeks ago....

Instead of joys, today I'm going to talk about silliness, style conundrums, proportion and silhouettes. This morning I lost an hour trying to think about one "use case," specifically what I will wear on the plane to London and back, in mid-May.

The variables and silliness:
Mid-May in the subtropics is hot (say, 88 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit), perhaps with high humidity. I'll be going to the airport in the hottest part of the day, too. I have to layer....

Because on the plane I often get cold, and it should be much chillier in Manchester when I arrive (and in London when I leave 8 days later). My own silliness: I really really don't like to dress down to fly, even if it's an overnight flight, but I do want to be as comfortable as I can be. I prefer not to fly in jeans if I can avoid it, and my nice trousers might get too wrinkled in an eight-hour flight especially since I'll likely be wearing them for another seven hours until hotel check-in. Also, my preferred silhouette for spring/summer is either tailored, cropped trousers or a pencil skirt worn with a classic-fit (not too close to the body) Thomas Pink or Brooks Brothers button-down, which are not travel-friendly.

You see the conundrum.

So I spent this morning [after workout and 30 minutes cutting palm fronds, whee] online looking at maxi-dresses, the kind that forgive a multitude of sins, but... they were SO NOT my style vibe. [I have an exception, to be discussed in a bit.] A dear friend of mine looks awesome in these kind of clothes, but she's a Strong Boho Queen. I am not Boho in the slightest, nor am I queenly. (In Alyson Walsh's lexicon of Grownup Style Tribes, I fall between The Gentlewoman and the Fabulous Femme.) Also, since I'd have to throw a jacket or a sweater over the dress, the proportions were mostly All Wrong. This was not happening.

It was time to shop my closet, especially as today's the day I'm changing winter closet to summer.

(In shopping my closet, I *did* rediscover the one long dress that works for my vibe: a decades-old, sleek, silk Laura Ashley piece, restrained in cut except for the high side-slits, in a glorious peacock with black and teal accents, which looks GREAT with a modern cropped black jacket I have. It's going to be my Ritz-and-David-Tennant outfit.)

After twenty minutes of fruitless search, I realized that a) the black knit skirt I usually travel in and my ankle boots are foundational, especially if I throw a vintage Levi's jean jacket and a scarf on top once aloft, and b) I need a sleeveless black turtleneck like I used to wear. That is my comfort-and-style sweet spot.

I told you I was silly. ;) But I feel so much better having nailed this down.

What's your favorite travel outfit?

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:March 26th, 2017 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Ha! I would walk before I would fly to London in a pencil skirt :).

Yeah, I'm much in the Boho Dress mode, especially for flying -- I want to be comfy.

But I am 100% with you, I do not dress down to fly. I may be comfy, but I'm going to look good.
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:March 26th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
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And btw, your final outfit sounds ideal! And very variable, good for travel.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 26th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
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A pencil skirt would be... problematic for an eight-hour flight, I totally agree! :)

The Boho mode is very much the style here in my small town, and it looks so good on so many people. Alas, me not so much.

Cheers!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:March 26th, 2017 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I love your fashion posts!

I also love to pack. My travel wardrobe is build upon my most comfortable pair of shoes, and I usually pick a color for below the waist, and match pants, shoes and bag, all black, usually. Then I can wear any tops except brown, if that makes sense.

That dress sounds way more comfortable than any pants, plus gorgeous.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 26th, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
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YES, shoes are critical! It's really important in London since I'll be walking several miles a day.

I actually like a warm caramel brown with black, but it's a tricky combination. :)

Cheers and hugs to you! I hope you're feeling better.
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From:gwynnega
Date:March 26th, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I usually like to wear jeans or other comfortable trousers when I fly, but I don't want to wear my favorite jeans/trousers that I'll be wearing during my trip, because I'll have spent a day wearing them in airports and airplanes. It is a conundrum. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 26th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I completely agree with not wanting to wear my favorite clothes on the plane!

Cheers and hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:March 27th, 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I applaud you for not wanting to dress down when you fly. I've only gotten as far as less obvious yoga pants for long-haul flights. Your travel outfit sounds very nice (minus the turtleneck...can't wear those).
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2017 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Less obvious yoga trousers work well! I can't pull them off -- they still look athleisure on my body -- but I've seen some ponte knit leggings that read luxe. On other people. :)

Cheers for you, T!
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From:mamculuna
Date:March 27th, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Travel clothes are so hard! Three different climates at best, multiple events sometimes, and they need to feel good and look good! Sounds like a great solution.

Just don't wear leggings with nothing over them (not that you would,,,)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes indeed! You travel with even more complicated climate-related challenges than I will be, but even so -- London in May can be very warm or very chilly, and I have to be prepared for both!

I rarely wear leggings out of the house, much less on a plane. :)

Hugs and joys for you today!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 27th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Your travel costume sounds perfect...my latest favorite garment for travel is a soft, meadium shawl-collared swing coat, about mid-thigh length with patch pockets, a cross between a knit and a blanket weave. It's like a stylish blanket you can wear in public. I love it so much I got it in both my favorite dark raisin and an oatmeal shade. Goes with everything.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2017 02:42 pm (UTC)
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That coat sounds MARVELOUS. Style AND comfort! Alas, I don't live in a climate conducive to coats, but... envy.

Also, dark raisin is a great, great color.

All hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:March 27th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Long skirts/dresses can be gorgeous but so unmanageable- getting caught up and twisted or stepped on. I used to like them because you didn't have to wear hose, but now that no one wears hose...

Yay! for Ritz and David Tennant and for the outfit as well! That's going to be a lovely experience.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I am inevitably a person who gets all twisted up in a maxi-dress. [nods vehemently] The slits on the old Laura Ashley mostly prevent that, but still.

I love wearing tights, but I think that London in May -- despite temperature -- is probably not tights-friendly. ;)

HUGS HUGS! Am thinking of you.
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:March 29th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
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After twenty minutes of fruitless search, I realized that a) the black knit skirt I usually travel in and my ankle boots are foundational, especially if I throw a vintage Levi's jean jacket and a scarf on top once aloft, and b) I need a sleeveless black turtleneck like I used to wear. That is my comfort-and-style sweet spot.

That sounds like the perfect outfit! Less than two months till you go, how exciting!

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 2nd, 2017 12:57 pm (UTC)
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The outfit should be practical and yet have a BIT of dash, which is my requirement. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:April 4th, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
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Sorry, forgot to tell you what my current favourite travel outfit is: Long, lightweight black pants made of a stretchy fabric, patterned grey/black/fuchsia short-sleeved top (hides stains well and doesn't wrinkle, which is a good thing on a long flight), grey cardigan (layers, layers, layers), slip-on shoes (I'm all about comfort on long-haul flights). I also wear compression stockings, so my legs don't puff up like crazy.

I'll also be taking a rain jacket on board, but only because I am going to do my entire journey living out a 8kg/18lbs carry-on bag. It means doing laundry once a week, but that's a worthwhile trade-off in my book. (I usually only check in baggage if I'm going to just one destination.)

I'm off to Europe in almost two months. For the first three and a half weeks, I will be travelling to Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Germany, before spending a month in Switzerland. Should be fun!

::hugs, hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 8th, 2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
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How awesome your trip sounds! AMAZING!

I am impressed by your living out of a carry-on. Style blogger Une Femme at unefemme.net does that, and I marvel at the skill required. :)

Hugs!
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From:claudia_yvr
Date:April 9th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
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Ooo, I'll have to check out that blog! I'm always looking for tips and inspiration when it comes to packing lightly. I love my creature comforts, but taking flights within Europe is so much cheaper and easier with just a carry-on.

I'm lucky in that I will only have to wash clothes in a laundromat once, and that will be in Helsinki; the rest of the time I'll be staying with friends or family. I've discovered what looks like the most awesome laundromat in Helsinki, so it looks like doing laundry there won't be too much of a hardship :-)

::hugs, hugs::
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:April 9th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I've found that if I have a long journey followed by a short meeting (and then possibly some non-work activities) before travelling back, a tweed jacket will cover a multitude of sins.

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