You asked, but he answered: How to pack light?


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You asked, Ali replied:
How to pack a light?

Ali Pew

You can take a girl out of a fashion wardrobe, but you can’t take a fashion wardrobe out of a girl. goop fashion director Ali Pew reports from her workplace at home – giving us all the inspiration and advice for fashion sage, as well as a peek into her extremely well-maintained wardrobe. Follow us on @goop to get answers to your q style.

Q

Is there a trick to packing lights for a weekend trip and maximizing suitcase space (while giving yourself the luxury of options)?

A

If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that bringing the entire contents of your closet is never the answer. The less luggage you have to carry, the better. Therefore a) I always use hand luggage and b) I never repack. And it’s all thanks to what I just came up with as my five-point packing plan, which I tested on a recent trip to the Sun Valley.

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ACTIVITY PLAN

It may sound obvious, but the first thing you need to keep in mind is your travel plan. Summer trips are usually activity-based, so think about what you will need based on your agenda. For me, it’s a lot of hiking, biking and tennis, plus a few casual evenings in Ketchum.

Are you going to the beach? Start with some solid options. Mountains? Make sure you have functional layers that can handle the outdoors, including lunch on the patio. Spa connection? Bring a dress that you can put on after the treatment. If your trip travels to the city, make sure you have versatile pieces that can hang day or night.

barn with sunny valley

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GO TO THE COHESIVE COLOR SCHEME

Once you establish the heroic pieces, understand your palette. Stick to neutrals – three or four at most – and then add something bright to spice things up. If you mostly rely on prints, make sure you can combine them with multiple items. I went with denim, creams and green army, and I wove in classic stripes and bold mustard (this travel set for arrival and return will come in handy later).

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STRATEGIZE ACCESSORIES

Instead of packing multiple bags into one hand piece, I like to pack dual-purpose bags. The canvas zipper is easily a cosmetic case and a pool fence. The same goes for my Loewe leather clip – it’s a great bowl for ropes, earrings and other chances and ends. In addition, I will revive everything I wear later (see step two). The only accessories you need are shiny sunglasses (I love that they fit my suit) and a universal hat that is used for hiking, sunbathing, anything else.


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  2. Small sunglasses

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  5. Loewe clutch

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4

INSTALL FENCES

Looking ahead looks like a great way to simplify. This always seems like a fun game of mixing and matching – plus, there’s something satisfying about seeing how many options I can combine by repeating pieces.

Pro tip: Assemble clothes before bed or floor and take photos. And selfies work. Then: Edit, edit, edit. This is the time to shoot everything you suspect may not have much action.

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CONSOLIDATE ANY ADDITIONAL

Be sure to prepare travel products – this simple set of GOOPGENES guarantees that all bases are covered. Other options include a multi-task charger and a Mason Pearson brush (this mini version is absolutely the best – I wear it everywhere).


  1. Apple Duo charger

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