When it comes to packing for short city breaks – up to a week – all I need is a half hour. I usually bring mix-and-match pants and tops for daytime sightseeing, a dress or two for nights on the town, one denim jacket, plus a few accessories (scarves, jewelry) to change up my outfits. Add to it flat ankle boots and cushioned heels, then I’m done.
But what about travel fashion for an extended stay or when you move abroad? Especially if your future home is one of the most stylish cities.
I didn’t quite pass the packing test before moving to Paris. I thought I had done well fitting into one 27” suitcase, until I was charged for overweight baggage at the airport. My challenge was the changing seasons. I wish I had brought more 2-in-1 pieces, versatile enough to transition my wardrobe from winter to spring. But I did bring some.
I’ve been a fan of New York-based Jia Collection Reversible Fashion for a few years, having discovered the brand online. What I like is that Jia’s clothing is designed for women on the go.
The combination of wrinkle-resistant fabrics and multi-functionality (most pieces can be worn two ways, some even four) makes them suitable as travel fashion. You pack light, but still have many outfits. And they are stylish, taking a modern approach to classic silhouettes – my kind of couture.
Jia and I have been connected online and collaborated before (here’s me wearing a day-to-night knit dress). When she found out that I was going to Paris around my birthday, she sent me two pieces to try out: a double-sided dress and convertible cardigan/dress. I’ve worn them in various “new resident” situations: from working and networking to evenings out with friends.
Have a look at my day in the 10th district of Paris and some ways to style the clothes.
During the day you can find me blogging in cafes. I tend to get cold typing for hours, but this long Oksana cardigan (containing 39% wool) keeps me warm. Its neutral colors go well with many pieces in my closet, such as favorite skinny jeans. I like to wear a long-sleeved top underneath on cool days and a baby tee when it gets warm.
Once you flip it around and zip up, the cardigan becomes a scoop-neck dress. Very convenient if you have after-hours events, but no time to go change at home. It’s feminine too, thanks to the dark stripe accentuating the waist and a full-length zipper in the back. I pair it with pumps or ankle boots.
I love wearing dresses, and even more so in Paris. Given its status as one of the world’s fashion hubs, Paris is the right place for trying bolder pieces without raising eyebrows. Elsewhere, I might leave the reversible Greta dress for special occasions. Here, I’ll wear it for drinks on a terrace.
Made with mohair/angora fabric, the dress is soft and wears comfortably. I like to pair the white side with nude pumps for an elegant day look. For a night out, I wear the metallic navy side with ankle boots or strappy heels. My favorite feature of the dress is the eye-catching pattern in the middle, which also creates a flattering silhouette.
Part one of the Paris move is done, but there will be more trips between my old and new home before I am fully settled. I intend to avoid future baggage fees, which means reversible clothing goes with me. What about you – what are your packing hacks?
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