11 Fashion Designers Share Their Favorite Packing Tips
Aurora James of Brother Vellies
"If you can bring shoes that will flatten and stack, you can literally bring four times as many shoes. And if that isn’t a packing win, I don’t know what is. During fashion month, I love a statement shoe that you can wear with your favorite jeans and instantly look really sublime and still feel comfortable.”
“Honestly, whenever I go to a place with warmer weather I typically pack ten times more bikinis and cover-ups than needed. I also bring a handful of props (mermaid tails, masks)—you never know when you’re going to have an impromptu photo shoot. A large scarf or sarong is my number one–I use them as a wrap on the plane, turban, and/or blanket on the beach.”
Amy Smilovic / Tibi
“I know it's the most over-used term, but everything really has to go straight from airport to dinner with an easy switch-out component. I love traveling with dresses that double as skirts during the day and are chic enough for a dinner out in Paris. One other tip: if you’re traveling with a dress that literally has to work for evening you can knot it up with a rubber band (or a belt) during the day to make it shorter and more functional.”
Melissa Joy Manning
“I love to travel, but I also love to feel like I’m never far from home. For that reason, I always pack the little things that make me feel comfortable wherever I am. I never leave home without a few good books (real ones- I like paper!), my favorite jewelry (right now I’m obsessed with my Hug hoops), my Rose Otto facial oil and cream that I found at The Burren Perfumery in Ireland, my Davines Love hair products and plenty of outfit choices. I generally over-pack, but I’ve found I’d rather have it and not use it then wish I’d brought it. Luckily enough, an old family friend who was a flight attendant taught me my go-to travel trick: rolling your clothes into small bundles maximizes space and allows you to successfully over-pack without using too many bags. That way, I can definitely take it with me…and buy more while on the road!”
Declan Kearney of Maiyet
“Save your shoe bags to use for packing. I use them for necklaces as well as shoes. Always save an extra charger in your bag so it is one less thing to remember. I also download 3-4 books on my iPad before I travel so I always have something to read while on the road.”
“Only pack the essentials! Roll, do not fold, your clothes. Not only does this free up tons of space in your bag, but it minimizes wrinkling. You don’t need to pile on the jewels for your travels; decide on a few standout pieces that can accessorize any outfit. Invest in a great eye mask and a neck pillow, especially for long plane rides.”
"Less is more. Bring the items you can keep on rotation but style in different ways."
Ramon Martin & Ryan Lobo of Tome
“Lay out everything you are going to pack so you can view all at once, ideally on your bed. This helps to eliminate individual items with some literal perspective on the entire plan. Eliminate half of what you see and never take more than three of any item. Always remind yourself that no matter where you go you always end up wearing the same three things over and over. So wash and wear and travel light, so you can shop and add to your luggage without throwing your back out and paying huge excess baggage charges.”
Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman
“The way I pack is a direct reflection of my wardrobe and lifestyle. I’ve already been on roughly 70 flights this year, and with every location being so diverse I’ve had no other option than to be the master of my packing. I limit my daily wardrobe and uniform to a few key pieces that can seamlessly crossover to almost any situation. I’ve even created my own washable denim bag that I can carry-on with me as checking isn’t usually an option for quick trips."