Monday, 19 January 2015
North to South Outfit Planning with Qantas and Jean Paul Gaultier
After the holidays and getting back into the flow of work, I always find I have the biggest case of wanderlust. In addition to planning my latest trip stateside, Qantas got in touch to ask what outfit I'd wear on a plane to Melbourne in Australia to visit the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition itself (named From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk) showcases JPG at his finest, with quirky, unconventional designs showcased through garments, sketches, photographs and digital media. Offering up two return flights to Australia, plus accommodation and entry to the exhibition I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This particular French designer has been a firm favourite since setting my eyes on his iconic perfume bottles as a child! So, just what would I wear to such an event?
Flights can be long and arduous at the best of times, but flying from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere means an overhaul of fashion choices when going from cold to warm. With an average flight time of 21 hours and that drastic change in temperature, picking the right outfit to fly in is essential. With this in mind, dressing in layers means you can go from toasty to beach-ready in no time at all. As a frequent long haul flyer, my first thought has always been to opt for the 'less is more' approach. I'm an avid supporter of the colour black; having my wardrobe overhauled for a more fashion conscious and time capsule approach over the years. This flight would be no different, you can never go wrong with a tried and true colour scheme and a little accessorising, even if it means going against the trend of bright whites that look to be set firmly on this coming Spring/Summer season.
I’ve been living in my H&M black jogging bottoms, and for a flight of this magnitude, I’d be a fool to wear anything but. They’re on the sports luxe trend, have rose gold fastenings and it’s basically like you’re wearing pyjamas while you’re outdoors. I like to dress them up with heels, so opted for my Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s that may look scarily high and painful, but they’re cushioned and after a few hours I’m still pounding the streets in them.
For the top, I’ve gone a little on trend in both colour and style with a white, long sleeve crop from ASOS. Long sleeves help with the British cold but can be rolled up once OZ-side and this H&M black leather biker jacket helps cover up the midriff until you reach warmer climes. I love grunging most of my outfits with a leather jacket as it works in any season and I’ve not found one that I like as much. I even ditched the usual wired underwear in favour of the Monki Stine Bra, which is comfortable yet offers ample support.
I wear contact lenses, and I find the conditions on a plane nowhere near as pleasant when I wear them, so my tortoise shell Fitzrovia glasses from London Retro keep me looking stylish. I would curse my poor eyesight, but when my glasses look this good I find it difficult to imagine life without them. I don’t leave the house without my Topshop Floppy Wool Fedora Hat these days, a feminine touch to an otherwise androgynous outfit. It’s also a bonus to keep my wavey mane in check; windswept hair be gone!
Being a big jewellery nut, I have always found an outfit incomplete without some form of adornment. This Silver Arrow Ring from Accessorize gives a subtle nod to my American sensibilities while appearing dainty enough to offset the gorgeous Essie Blanc nail polish finished off with a Matte topcoat from Topshop. Turning your favourite colour into a matte formula is as easy as a few brush strokes, and I've been obsessed with using it since I picked up a bottle. Keep it understated for the necklace with matching silver for a classically understated combination that even Coco Chanel would be proud of.
If you do as much flying as I do, you’ll know that a full face of makeup from foundation to blush can just make your face feel dry and suffocating halfway through a flight. I tend to head to the airport in a minimal base of concealer, mascara and lip balm, then use the arrival terminal to ‘spruce up’ my look. I adore the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and it functions for a sophisticated smokey eye look as well as fixing up my brows. A slick of MAC Ruby Woo and any ordeal I may have had in the air feels like a distant memory.
Lastly, the bag you choose to gate-hop at the terminal is one of the most important decisions to make. I can’t fault my large Michael Kors Selma for space, compartmental organisation and sheer sophistication. I get no end of compliments on it, but it’s proved invaluable when storing important documents like a passport next to my duty-free purchases.
What would you wear on a long flight? Are you more of a comfort girl over a style guru when it comes to travel?