Let’s begin with the concept of Fashion Plates when determining what to pack for next week’s conference of personal historians in St. Louis.
Fashion Plates was an artsy toy from the late 1970s that allowed you to “design” your own fashions with interchangeable plates embossed with outlines of shirts, skirts and pants. The young artist, or designer, would rub the embossed shapes to get the outlines, then color in the clothes with fashionable colored pencils. Voila! A new fashion design!
This is how a 47-year-old who played with Fashion Plates makes her packing list:
I start with a killer piece — the jeans that fit perfectly, a pair of black boots or a new jacket with a Kelly green print — and I build an outfit around it, drawing an ensemble for each day. A visual representation is a lot more fun than a list, and it helps me remember hosiery or jewelry that knocks the look out of the park (sorry to use a baseball metaphor, St. Louis).
Note: You should look at the weather forecast before drawing your packing list.
Another advantage of drawing your list is packing by day. Who says all your underwear needs to be packed in the same place in your suitcase? When I went to Minnesota recently and slept in a different bed each night, I packed a different bag for each location.
I even figure out what to wear on travel day so I’m not hemming and hawing in my closet when I need to get moving.
Off to design my list!