Example: Some years ago while waiting to cross the street at the US Embassy in Paris (a long wait), I observed two young women sitting on the steps. This alone told me they were not French. One was wearing a faded Madras wrap skirt and a polo, the other seersucker slacks and a short-sleeved oxford shirt. They seemed disappointed in their trip, because I overheard:
"I thought Paris was supposed to be a stylish city. Nobody here knows the least bit how to dress."Now for the overly long list of the many too many things I am bringing. But I am not going halfway around the world to do laundry, nor to iron, nor do I intend to put any of my carefully stalked hunting trophies at the mercy of a dry cleaner whom I have not known for years. If this were a business trip, there would be a gray suit, a black suit, some shirts, and a v. high-necked dress, full stop. Mercifully it is not.
By activity (note absence of tracksuits!):
Dress, blue silk, 1 (picture here though not on me)
Dress, black silk, 1 (this year's version from RL website, mine's black crinkled silk chiffon with slightly more ripply skirt)
Jacket, aqua silk, 1, goes with blue dress. Hmm, will not go with black dress.
Evening, not so dressy, also dressier lunches:
Rykiel sweater (pic included in post linked above), 1
Missoni twin set, 1 (2?)
Black silk slacks (assume no pic required; trust me, they're black, they're slacks), 2
Day, strolling, museum-ing, etc. Note potential to mix/re-assort pieces depending on weather.
Jeans, black, 1
dark denim, 1
brown, black, "red", navy with silver squiggle
navy, brown, "brick," pale green, aqua (for silk jacket, just in case)
navy SS, brick ¾S, pale green SS
Cotton skirts, pencil
red/orange paisley (picture here, with cardigan)
blue/brown ikat (2008 JC?)
Raincoat, short, red, cute, Burberry trench (I added this when he added Brussels), 1
Rainhat, ugly but impermeable, Lands' End (ditto comment), 1
Handbag, evenings. Probably a JC Invitation Clutch in one of the metallic leathers.
Other things I am thinking about: it looks like it will be too hot everywhere to bring a leather jacket. Drat. Also looks like there's only 1, at most 2, possible places I could possibly wear the Jeweled Jardin Jacket (why did I ever convince myself this would turn into a wardrobe basic? and how did I do it? could I use the same technique to convince self I am thin?) - and I think I wore the JJJ to one of those places in October...
Still to be organized: accessories, electrical equipment, cosmetics, etc. We will just have to find taxis to anywhere that the black silk dress goes.