Q: We are hotel-hopping through europe and we want to be prepared for mixed weather. any suggestions for lightweight outerwear? —Julia Stuopelis, via e-mail
A: Your best option for a fickle forecast: gear that packs into a pocket or pouch. Here, easy-to-stash coats and boots that offer protection from the elements or can be tossed into a tote or backpack during bouts of sunshine. Clockwise from left:
Q: I take a lot of business trips. what pieces travel best? —Janet Dewitt, Highland Park, Tex.
A: For a classic shape, we love the wrinkle-free shirtdress (pictured; $330) from Elizabeth Roberts—the fabric is nylon, so it’s lightweight, dries fast, and is virtually indestructible. Knits tend to stay wrinkle-free— this knee-length skirt ($445) and top ($195) by Wolford will take you through all manner of meetings. A sheath is fitting for day-to-night negotiations; roll up the cherry-red stretch version ($415) from David Meister for extra packability.
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Roll-on fragrances are ideal for your carry-on. Try Elizabeth and James’s Nirvana Black ($22), with sandalwood and vanilla; Kate Spade’s citrusy Live Colorfully Eau de Parfum ($24); fresh and woody Marchesa Parfum D’Extase ($25); or Tory Burch’s namesake scent ($25).
The Esteam by Jiffy Steamer ($75)is the T+L style department’s de-wrinkler of choice. The best part? It heats up in less than two minutes.
Devotees to the clothing brand Lafayette 148 can now have a shopping experience fit for a princess. Walk into their New York City concept store at the brand's namesake address, 148 Lafayette Street, and a sales associate will take your coat so you can shop unencumbered. Ask them for extra sizes or have your size brought in from their warehouse in Brooklyn.
If you are looking for things to do in Paris now, don’t miss the Cartier: Style and History, at the Grand Palais, which closes February 16th. Curators from the Grand Palais, Laurent Salome and Laure Dalon, reveal 600 historical pieces including Maharaja bib necklaces with mamouth gems, mystery clocks, tiaras of queens, cigarette cases, bejeweled combs and handbags with panther clasps. There is even an Academician’s sword made for Jean Cocteau.
In 1923, the driven but humble Salvatore Ferragamo came to Hollywood and became the shoemaker to the stars, cutting his teeth by fitting the weary feet of beautiful film actresses of the day. The love affair with the shoe whisperer and Hollywood continued throughout his career and so it is fitting that the brand has come full circle with a pop-up shop with exclusive goodies for all extremities of fashionable women. The empire has expanded to jewelry, handbags and clothing along with shoes.
ShopLatitude.com has a new attitude. Starting November 1st, the armchair traveler’s favorite shopping e-tailer will sell its own collection of fashion and accessories made for global nomads. The first dispatch is Mexico where they draw inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s iconic style with embroidered caftans, tunics and blouses. These easy-breezy pieces are really all you need for a kick-back boho walk on the beaches of Tulum or any white sand, turquoise watered paradise. (From $120 to $250).
Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director. Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your questions to email@example.com.
The Trip: Andrew, a onetime protégé of Alexander McQueen, visits the island annually as an escape from New York. “You’ll find a mountaintop monastery and locally cured olives, but I focus on the simple things: the sun and the immense expanse of the sea,” he says. Andrew had the moiré of the shoe triple-dyed to recall the varying shades of the Aegean.
Lauren Santo Domingo, the founder of online fashion boutique Moda Operandi, considers herself an unofficial guide to Cartagena, Colombia (her wedding to Colombian-born Andres Santo Domingo—held in the ancient walled city—was the society event of 2008). The top stops each time she visits? “I love the Tcherassi Hotel & Spa($$), which has an airy, sleek vibe,” she says. And La Vitrola($$$), a Havana-inspired jazz club, “makes the best ropa vieja I’ve had.” Here, what she brings along whenever she visits.