A smart casual and casual outfits I wore during my trip. On the left, I went on a tour of the ECCO headquarters in a black blazer by Living Doll, top by Alexander Wang, leather panel leggings by Kind of Wonderful. On the right, I was going out to a casual lunch in a cafe, wearing a camel coat by Gap, singlet by Rick Owens, top by Theory, grey jeans by Sass and Bide.
Packing for an overseas trip is always such a headache.
For my trip to Copenhagen, it was particularly difficult, because I had to pack a range of casual day time clothes, professional day time clothes, something to wear to a fancy awards dinner, and clothes to wear to day time and night time fashion shows (7 fashion shows in total).
And it all had to fit into one suitcase!
Not to mention that the weather was from 4ºC (39 F) during the day, to -6ºC (21 F) in the evenings.
To summarise what I wore – I threw “practicality” out the window and I turned into one of THOSE CRAZY FASHION WOMEN who strutted around in nothing but leggings, a mini dress and a coat, while it was 1ºC outside.
Ha! Yes! Me! From a tropical island!
You see, it turned out that I spent most of the time indoors. If I was outdoors, I only spent about 5 – 10 minutes in the cold. And during my whole trip, I only went for a long stroll outside, twice.
I discovered that most indoor places were nicely heated – restaurants, cafes, conference rooms, fashion shows. I forgot that these Northern Hemisphere Countries know a thing or two about indoor heating.
My first day, I layered up, then when I went indoors, the place was so warm that I had to remove all my layers to reveal my last layer – a $12 three quarter sleeve, black jersey Target top. Not exactly the kind of stylish impression I was planning to give.
So on hindsight, I packed too many casual warm clothes. I was so afraid that I would be cold, that I packed a lot more jumpers and cardigans than I needed.
I should have packed more smart / dressy tops. And in the end I ran out of nice things to wear.
I packed a semi-sheer, silk singlet, at which my girlfriend said – ARE YOU INSANE??
And at the time I thought that yes, it was a little insane, but it goes so well with my leather leggings!
I also only packed 4 pairs of shoes. Black flats, tan flat boots, black boots, and 5 inch black heels. I should have packed a couple more high heeled shoes!!
This is me going to the Opening Launch of Copenhagen Fashion Week – The ECCO Walk in Style Awards.