I don’t know how I ran across this article, I thought it was recent…
After a quick read and a vigorous nodding of the head, I noticed the dateline. The article was published in 1985.
With our trip to New York and New Haven and all stops in between fast approaching, I’m wondering how I can get away with packing as little as possible while looking fairly fresh on arrival. I’m still not sure if we will fly or train up. So how to get two days of clothing into a carryon? As much as I’d like a Globetrotter, mine’s a little leather thing that I bought at the market in Ventimiglia a while back. I travel in a coat and tie, but will want to wear a suit to the evening’s lecture by Rosamond Bernier. As it is winter, I think that I will be able to wear a heavier suit, which should help with the wrinkle situation. But, my heavier suits are all more suitable for “day wear” in the country. Except this one. It is a Gieves and Hawkes made for Mrs. E’s grandfather in the 1960s. It needs just a tweak or two to the waist of the trousers to fit me fairly well. But, as I am to meet a very fashionable couple (think Kiton), I’m not sure that I wouldn’t step over that fine line between stodgey and well-dressed.
It’s a conundrum that you will encounter when you begin to “dress better than you have to” (to once again borrow a tagline from a local haberdashery.)
I know, I know, “who cares?” With so many other things more important taking place in the world today, why even begin to think about what to wear when traveling? These are the things that keep you up at night when your business card reads “Easy and Elegant Life.” I am going to hell.. in tweed, of course.
But the question remains: Which way to turn?
Should I stick to the blue blazer, grey flannels and Belgian slippers, with black shoes for evening? Or the suit with a change of tie and shirt? Or my DB, blue, nailhead suit that is best for cocktails? And what about shoes there? Should be black if I’m to only pack one pair, although I prefer brown (and suede.)
I’ve got a few weeks to think about it and track the March weather up North. I’m sure that I will see my way clear. Perhaps our friends will send the company plane eliminating the necessity of the single carryon. (Hey Q, are you there? What do you thinK?)
For the rest of you, remember, the challenge lies in not making concessions to current fashion (see photo above.) There be dragons that way.