An American socialite I follow on Instagram recently posted what she’s calling a ‘travelfie’. It’s a slightly awkward portmanteau, but we’ll go with it because her look exemplifies what we need to know about dressing for a weekend away. In the photo, said socialite, Indré Rockefeller, is wearing a gorgeous cotton sarong as a travel scarf, plus boyfriend jeans (ripe for restyling while she’s away, I’m guessing). Her velvet slippers denote that she hasn’t forgotten that one statement piece goes a long way.As you read this, it’s the May bank holiday weekend, so you may either be in the midst of dressing from an overnight bag or using your long weekend to plan more summer escapes. Packing smart, but not feeling boring as I so often do – wearing the same rotation of striped tops and jeans all weekend because that was all you could get your head around packing – is the trick. Insta- cringe as it may seem, think about your own travelfie, even if you’re not actually planning to take one. What’s the takeaway picture/look going to be from this trip and what are the statement pieces you might need to achieve that?
Indré Rockefeller posts her 'travelfie' to her Instagram, @indrerock.
Perhaps it’s swapping your jeans for dungarees, or it’s taking your jeans a step further by wearing them with a matching jacket for a weekend-suit vibe, as seen at APC. I’m a fan of livening up an otherwise simple outfit by draping a cashmere jumper round my shoulders, golfer style. Everything can be rooted in practicality, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box, too. Toast’s gorgeous gingham sundress will be great for a long walk if you wear it with a knit and trainers, or swap your wool scarf for a patterned silk one – toasty enough for spring, but jollier.
Don’t worry if you’re still heavily reliant on a striped top. As The Sunday Telegraph’s new style columnist, Ginnie Chadwyck- Healey, recently said to me, ‘Oh, a Breton is always great, so Jackie Kennedy!’ And the only way to carry it all? Away’s new practical yet elegant weekend bag.