It’s a no brainer, but it’s one formula that works – always. Know your versatile basics that can be layered, mixed and matched – once you have this packed, then you can start adding statement pieces. If in doubt, look up ‘5-piece French Wardrobe’ for inspiration. 3 pairs to one trousers is also a good strategy too.
A striped piece is one thing I never leave out when packing, whether it’s New York or the Maldives. It goes with everything I own, and with the right accessories, works for both casual and formal settings. This Breton dress I picked up from Boden was perfect for an afternoon stroll with ice cream in the West Village the last time I was in NY. Simply swap into a pair of high heels and slap on a lipstick for dinner!