"...if you have beautiful clothes, you want to take them with you.”

Iris Apfel Transatlantic Fashion Week
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Fashion designer and icon Iris Apfel knows how to travel in style.

Naturally, it’s on a boat.

“I don’t pack light,” the 95-year-old style sage told The Telegraph. “That’s why I love to travel by ship...no luggage restrictions! I mean, if you have beautiful clothes you want to take them with you.”

Apfel is preparing for the upcoming Transatlantic Fashion Week, which will take place on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 from September 2-9. The week-long trip from Southampton, England to New York City not only features Apfel on the roster, but also designer Julien MacDonald, fashion commentator Colin McDowell, and and many lucky fashion students.

Iris Apfel will Cruise on Cunard Queen Mary 2
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Apfel plans to host dinners, cocktail parties, and Q&A sessions, and the ship will host scores of fashion shows and exhibitions. It’s a floating fashion utopia.

Everyone in attendance will not only get to see the latest couture fashion trends, but also soak in Apfel’s maximalist style at every turn. Apfel told The Telegraph: “I have a collection of elegant jackets that I pair with slim pants. And of course, accessories help create a variety of looks.”

Apfel also bestowed some fashion wisdom to anyone looking to be as timelessly stylish as she is. “Don’t follow trends," she said. "Buy clothes that work for you, not because they are trendy, and you will have them a lifetime and always look great.”

"Nothing makes a woman look older than trying to dress younger,” she added.

Next time you pack a suitcase, just remember to do you. Even if it means having to check an extra bag.