By Nicola Santini - bon ton and etiquette expert, author of NON LO FACCIO PIU’
The time of departures, of long weekends, of escapes from the city has now begun. That moment of the year returns on time: you have to decide what to pack, trying to avoid the risk of having not enough things to wear, or to bring too many clothes that risk only to stay folded and make volume.
Coping with the need to optimize space and create as many looks as possible would require an entire manual, but there are some tricks valid for all ages and sizes, that can certainly make the task easier.
1) Choose some neutral base that works both day and night, comfortable and in non-ironing fabrics. White, blue or black linen dresses, buttoned from the neck to the knee, shirt dresses, oversized sundresses, to be customized according to the time with large leather or patterned belts, high or low shoes.
2) Sunglasses, scarves, and necklaces will be your salvation, or that of your instagram stories: they take up little space, they have the power to diametrically change the perception of a look, transforming you into sophisticated and sexy, simple and reassuring or sporty people.
3) Play with layers and proportions: it is not true that it can only be done in winter. Hot Pants with long shirt rolled up on the wrist, long gypsy skirt with micro t-shirt, long blazer with short skirt, to be mixed and rethought in the formula in order to have fewer items but more solutions.
4) Say it through flowers: if for many seasons the only conceivable formula was the one of total white and monochromes, the floral dress as well as the trousers, the shirt or the skirt are back in fashion. At least one piece deserves the place in the suitcase.
5) Green light to the colours of the earth: sand, wood, mahogany, normally reserved for autumn, become one of the must-haves of the season, to be superimposed without fear for a colour chart that fades into a chic, winking at mother nature.