diRecToR’s CuT: tHe aRt oF pAcKinG foR a LOnG wEEkeNd

Off on a city break this autumn? Here are my top tips for a chic (and concise) suitcase 

Words by Flora Macdonald Johnston

Fall leaves floating down around you in shades of rusty red as you stroll through the city’s parks. Perusing local shops with steaming coffee in hand. Candlelit dinners overlooking the sights. There's something deeply romantic about autumn city breaks. What is not romantic, however, is packing.

Packing for a city break demands a certain level of both exuberance and restraint. Yes, that’s an oxymoron and a sartorial tightrope (and possibly the epitome of a working wardrobe). Items need to be loud and bold enough to make you feel exuberant whilst you explore but, with an ever-decreasing allowance for carry-on luggage, all clothing and accessories need to work as harmoniously with each other as possible.

As I plan for an upcoming long weekend in Paris (it’s Fashion Week after all), here’s what I’m taking and how I’ll be ensuring it works for all occasions.

ROWEN ROSE ECO-LEATHER OVERALLS

 Overalls are the ultimate workman’s outfit of choice, simply because they always, well, work. They are comfortable, they can be worn under jumpers and over sheer long-sleeve tops (or with nothing underneath at all in the evening). It made sense, then, that these vegan leather iterations by Parisian label Rowen Rose were a must-have for my trip. I can easily style over one of my favourite patterned tops for the day, and exchange trainers for heels in the evenings. 

ROWEN ROSE ECO-LEATHER OVERALLS

 Overalls are the ultimate workman’s outfit of choice, simply because they always, well, work. They are comfortable, they can be worn under jumpers and over sheer long-sleeve tops (or with nothing underneath at all in the evening). It made sense, then, that these vegan leather iterations by Parisian label Rowen Rose were a must-have for my trip. I can easily style over one of my favourite patterned tops for the day, and exchange trainers for heels in the evenings. 

LAPOINTE CASHMERE RIBBED TURTLENECK

Colour and cashmere – what could be better? The answer: a pink cashmere turtleneck with fluffy detailing by LaPointe. This cashmere dream caught my eye for a few reasons. 1) It can be styled over or under my overalls, 2) its bright shade and fluffy accoutrement give it enough glam to be worn as evening wear, 3) it will keep me warm on chilly days and even chillier nights.There’s no excuse to not bring it. 

LAPOINTE CASHMERE RIBBED TURTLENECK

Colour and cashmere – what could be better? The answer: a pink cashmere turtleneck with fluffy detailing by LaPointe.

 This cashmere dream caught my eye for a few reasons. 1) It can be styled over or under my overalls, 2) its bright shade and fluffy accoutrement give it enough glam to be worn as evening wear, 3) it will keep me warm on chilly days and even chillier nights.

There’s no excuse to not bring it. 

LA POINT CASHMERE RIBBED TURTLENECK

Colour and cashmere – what could be better? The answer: a pink cashmere turtleneck with fluffy detailing by LaPointe.

 This cashmere dream caught my eye for a few reasons. 1) It can be styled over or under my overalls, 2) its bright shade and fluffy accoutrement give it enough glam to be worn as evening wear, 3) it will keep me warm on chilly days and even chillier nights.

There’s no excuse to not bring it. 

LAPOINTE CASHMERE RIBBED TURTLENECK

Colour and cashmere – what could be better? The answer: a pink cashmere turtleneck with fluffy detailing by LaPointe.

 This cashmere dream caught my eye for a few reasons. 1) It can be styled over or under my overalls, 2) its bright shade and fluffy accoutrement give it enough glam to be worn as evening wear, 3) it will keep me warm on chilly days and even chillier nights.

There’s no excuse to not bring it. 

DES_PHEMMES VELVET GALAXY SKIRT

A little bit of bling never hurt anyone, especially when it adorns a knee-length velvet tie-dye skirt complete with a thigh-high split. Whilst the skirt is maximalist, you can easily dress it down with an oversized boyfriend shirt and cowboy boots – I’ll be wearing mine for midday meetings. It’ll also serve me well for dinners and cocktails, which is perfect since sitting outside is a rite of passage in Paris. 

DES_PHEMMES VELVET GALAXY SKIRT

A little bit of bling never hurt anyone, especially when it adorns a knee-length velvet tie-dye skirt complete with a thigh-high split. Whilst the skirt is maximalist, you can easily dress it down with an oversized boyfriend shirt and cowboy boots – I’ll be wearing mine for midday meetings. It’ll also serve me well for dinners and cocktails, which is perfect since sitting outside is a rite of passage in Paris. 

AREA HOUNDSTOOTH OVERSIZED JACKET

A bomber? A coat? This hybrid jacket by AREA is the perfect companion for a weekend getaway that’s cosy enough for travel and fabulous enough to throw on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt whilst sauntering down hidden streets. Despite its massive shape, this jacket is surprisingly light, so there’s no added stress when wearing it through the airport or slouching over an arm if exploring a museum.

AREA HOUNDSTOOTH OVERSIZED JACKET

A bomber? A coat? This hybrid jacket by AREA is the perfect companion for a weekend getaway that’s cosy enough for travel and fabulous enough to throw on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt whilst sauntering down hidden streets. Despite its massive shape, this jacket is surprisingly light, so there’s no added stress when wearing it through the airport or slouching over an arm if exploring a museum.

AREA HOUNDSTOOTH OVERSIZED JACKET

A bomber? A coat? This hybrid jacket by AREA is the perfect companion for a weekend getaway that’s cosy enough for travel and fabulous enough to throw on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt whilst sauntering down hidden streets. Despite its massive shape, this jacket is surprisingly light, so there’s no added stress when wearing it through the airport or slouching over an arm if exploring a museum.

HOUNDSTOOTH OVERSIZED JACKET

A bomber? A coat? This hybrid jacket by AREA is the perfect companion for a weekend getaway that’s cosy enough for travel and fabulous enough to throw on over a pair of jeans and a t-shirt whilst sauntering down hidden streets. Despite its massive shape, this jacket is surprisingly light, so there’s no added stress when wearing it through the airport or slouching over an arm if exploring a museum.

COPERNI MICRO BAGUETTE SWIPE BAG

Whilst cult label Coperni has created the ‘it’ trousers of the season (our denim flares have already sold out here at KOIBIRD), they’ve also created one of the ‘it’ bags. Their new baguette bags come in patent leather and autumnal shades of red wine and black. For me, a good weekend handbag must be small enough to carry with ease but roomy enough for keys, cards and your current book.

COPERNI MICRO BAGUETTE SWIPE BAG

Whilst cult label Coperni has created the ‘it’ trousers of the season (our denim flares have already sold out here at KOIBIRD), they’ve also created one of the ‘it’ bags. Their new baguette bags come in patent leather and autumnal shades of red wine and black. For me, a good weekend handbag must be small enough to carry with ease but roomy enough for keys, cards and your current book.

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