American designer and jet-setter Michael Kors never leaves home without three things.
First, his aviator sunglasses.
"You need them when you don't look so fresh. And every woman looks like Angelina Jolie when they put on a pair."
Next, a beautiful black jacket "that is perfect for all four seasons".
And a "glam" watch.
"I always take two gold watches along with me. One real, another not real. Just in case I lose one."
He goes on to add: "With the watch and aviators, you can make a T-shirt feel fabulous."
Kors, whom I interviewed in Shanghai for this week's cover story, is a pro at jet-set glamour after all. The man spends half his time travelling.
A few days before he was in Shanghai to launch his first flagship store in China earlier this month, he was in New York attending the Met Ball. He also shared that he would be spending the two subsequent weekends in Milan and Capri.
Kors' jet-set must-haves got me thinking about my own travel essentials. I am not a fan of packing light, but when I am forced to, these are the items that I must take along with me.
Long T-shirt or draped jersey dresses from Michael Michael Kors, Rick Owens and Helmut Lang are a staple in my wayfaring wardrobe. They are loose enough for me to endure long flights comfortably while giving me enough coverage from the chilly cabin air-conditioning. The dresses can also be easily dressed up with chunky statement necklaces for the evening, or dressed down with sandals for a walk by the beach.
I have also recently discovered how well a good pair of wedge sneakers can complement a limited wardrobe. Now that trainers have been officially sanctioned by Karl Lagerfeld himself (as seen in the handmade sparkly tweed sneakers he featured in the Chanel Haute Couture spring 2014 show), I have learnt to wear them with most outfits, with wild abandon. The combinations are unlimited; I now wear my sneakers with anything from satin jumpsuits to poufy tea frocks.
I have since gotten my hands on a few pairs of See By Chloe, Nike Dunk and Adidas Originals Stan Smith sneakers that come sexed up with a wedge to give me extra height. Another bonus: they let me sprint comfortably through the airport when I need to catch a connecting flight.
In this issue of Urban, we also highlight the best sheet masks that you should pack to give skin a shot of TLC, so you can leave the heavy jars or creams behind.
In addition, we have profiled designer Jeanette Maskrey, who has been blinging up Melissa's jelly shoes with Swarovski crystals (these, no doubt, will make good travel staples too).
This article was first published on May 30, 2014.
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