Our family is headed to Ireland the first week of March, because we have never been and it turns out not only is my husband’s side of the family very Irish (his mother is truly 100%), apparently my side has a lot too since my daughter’s 23 + Me revealed she is just under 75% (who knew?!) Of course I’m already planning what to take with me. (I also always look at the holding photo of editor Tonne Goodman, in hopes her edited travel essentials will influence what I pack.) With the upcoming trip and the fact that it is freakishly warm for February here in New York, it seems like a good time to talk about transition dressing.
Transition clothing is also an area where I lack a few things, mostly because the transition tends to happen much later in the season in the Northwest and is a relatively short period of time. For me, it’s about layering and ditching some of the wintery pieces I’ve been relying on (but not as tired of them as I usually am at this point).
The easiest (and my favorite) piece to wear is a trench coat. I am not sure when the pic of Jo Ellison (whose style I admire) was taken, but the one of Lucy Chadwick is from this week during the NY fashion shows. I splurged on a Celine classic three years ago and it was worth it. I also have this from Toteme. If rain is in the forecast, I will bring one to Ireland. (If it’s chilly, my Toteme shearling is coming, but I’m not lugging it around if it’s in the mid 50s every day.)
Then, what I don’t have, is a lighter-weight short jacket. I have this camel Anine Bing wool blazer, which is a bit heavier, and men’s style wool in black similar to this from Another Tomorrow that travels well–I will bring one of them. (This Toteme short coat is another good alternative and comes in black and camel). But I am thinking cotton, so perhaps this Toteme (it’s a lot of Toteme, but the silhouettes are modern without being overly trendy and they don’t cost a fortune–this is not where I want to over indulge). So, let’s say a rain coat, a wool blazer and a cotton jacket.
Then sweaters–my Heidi Wynne Aran knit is a must (though my daughter has essentially taken it) so we will take turns wearing it on the trip and save room in our carryons, perhaps a heavier gage turtleneck, a black Uniqlo cashmere crewneck (always), then I need to replace my mid-weight, worn-out favorite grey cashmere sweater and want one from the French brand Alexandra Golovanoff. People say the quality is good and there are several grey styles to choose from, which or course makes it difficult!
Bottoms: I finally bought the Nili Lotan Anna jeans I’ve had my eye on and they are going to get worn on repeat this Spring, so those will come, along with a pair of vintage Levi 501’s, skinnier black denim jeans (I have old Acne Studios but they might need an upgrade as they are a bit baggy), my Frances de Lourdes Astrid pants (to wear on the plane with my Uniqlo sweater), and because I’m obsessed with the pull-on pant with a flare, I have ordered the expensive High Sport version as well which have a more matte finish.
My Nells Nelson thin-knit black turtleneck and black knit cashmere shirt, a white button down, some of my Frances de Lourdes tees in gray, off-white and black and that is about it for clothes. I imagine evenings will be spent in pubs, so nothing fancy is needed.
Then accessories: There will be a lot of walking…the Cliffs of Moher we will go to is an 11 mile walk (we want to do the whole thing), so definitely a pair of sneakers, I might update my current Nike DBreaks with this pair. I am not sure I have the right boots–ones to walk all day in, or I do, but not sure I want to bring them because they are very worn in. I also have my Khaite knee-high boots (above), which give me the Jane Birkin look I wrote about earlier this fall, but those don’t seem practical either. I have been looking at EVERYTHING and still haven’t come up with the right answer. The good news is I have a few weeks. Then I like a small handbag like this new Bottega. I have an old Celine bucket bag (like this) that is coming for now as I’m figuring out if I need a new Spring bag and what that would be. I’m really into my new XL Mariner Link Necklace in silver, maybe even the matching bracelet. That should do it! Will it fit into a carryon? Who knows, I might want the extra luggage room to bring something back.