You know when you’re traveling and you see this impeccably dressed, got everything figured out, seasoned traveller walk by you – or worse – sit beside you on a long haul flight, only to make you feel like this may as well be your first time on a plane and you suck at lifestyle? Yup. I’ve made it my mission to become this person.
There are token signs of a jet-setter in action like wearing mismatched articles of clothing that would, on any other person, negate every fashion rule in the book, and yet on them, look as though these pieces were in fact made to be worn together. Case in point, I saw this beyond fabulous, ageless donna, in the Air Canada MapleLeaf Lounge earlier this month wearing a zip-up hoodie, black leggings, and mustard yellow Roger Vivier Décolleté Belle Vivier patent leather pumps. She was talking on the phone; I think she may have had a straw bag with her or maybe I had hoped for that. Anyway, a fashion misconnection for sure. Lady, if you read my blog — call me.
Mismatched clothing that rewrites the fashion rules (and makes you feel like an idiot for not attempting it first) is the first sign. NB: wearing a black laptop bag, wide-leg Levi’s jeans and a black leather jacket from Moores does not count as mismatched clothing that rewrites the fashion rules. That is an outfit made of disparate items that only deserve to be buried together and never unearthed, ever.
The second sign of a jet-setter in action is a travel kit. If you pay close attention, every person you’ve ever aspired to emulate, imitate, skin alive and wear them to dinner, travels with a small bag of important stuff that in addition to use value, are packed up together every single trip (in fact, the bag usually remains intact and ready-t0-go at all times in the spare bedroom) to affirm their owner’s status as indeed, a seasoned traveller.
In the bag? Here are a few items I’ve gleaned as the must-haves: 1) BY TERRY Rose Balm that they put on their lips and nails at takeoff and every hour on the hour; 2) a leftover eye mask procured from a business class flight on a fancy-pants airline like Emirates – it is very important that this item be used; the eye mask you bought yesterday from La Senza screams first-time flyer; 3) homeopathic No-jet-lag pills in the original packaging that must be just tattered enough, also taken every two hours; 4) a diamond ring – because this little bag is the best hiding spot for recreational jewelry you wear only sometimes when you remember it’s in there and thus, usually end up putting on somewhere over the Atlantic; and 5) a 5-star luxury hotel pen, again, procured on a recent vacation to the Maldives or Manhattan. The following hotel pens are acceptable: St. Regis, Shangri-La, Raffles, Rosewood, Four Seasons, The Ritz, The Plaza NYC, The Savoy and anything from the Aman chain.
Similar to the travel kit, a seasoned jet-setter will always always always have a travel ritual. Motions that they do almost unwittingly, as though they were on auto-pilot, every single time they fly. As you can see, I’ve definitely been creeping and watching many a seasoned traveller from my own plane seat, taking notes and recording every time they take a sip of water or pass gas. Now, the routine is never the same from person to person. The takeaway is that your own personal routine should not change – it doesn’t matter what you do, but that you do it repeatedly.
For example, I’m currently perfecting my own flying routine. It starts with packing my suitcase until the moment I return back in my own bed (NB: I never unpack right away after a flight. Nobody jet-set does this. We wait until someone we live with can’t stand to see the sight of it anymore so much so that they unpack it for us). My routine is still in the works but one thing I can say that I refuse refuse refuse to not fly without is my requisite glass of Pinot Grigio in the lounge before we board. Like, it’s not even happening without that.
Actually, come to think of it, I don’t do much without a requisite glass of Pinot Grigio these days…
What are some of the things you do habitually when you fly? Leave me a comment and let’s discuss how we can be more jet-set when we travel (or IRL) and if you own a pair of Roger Vivier shoes – should I splurge on them to look like the leggings lady?
Shop My Travel Look:
Roger Vivier Décolleté Pumps // Grey wool cardigan // Black moto jeans // Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots // Charlotte Tilbury travel bag // BY TERRY Rose Balm // Black cashmere cardigan //