What I’d pack if I was going somewhere warm any time soon

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I would so love to go somewhere and sit in the sun, but several factors are making that unlikely. There’s Covid, of course, which makes plane travel feel fraught. And then there’s the fact that I keep watching TV shows and movies with terrifying and highly realistic-seeming depictions of plane crashes, and they’ve made me reluctant to fly anywhere, ever again. So this is a post for a pretend trip, and as such, I have made a tight color palette of impractical white, with touches of khaki and blue thrown in (you know I believe in always packing a tight color palette, so everything goes with everything). For starters, I’d go for these white army pants, cause they look so cute and easy.

And of course I’d love to have a pair of Nili Lotan’s Paris pants in this soft white.

And speaking of Nili Lotan, here’s a pretty perfect khaki shirt that’s currently marked down.

This striped tee has a French vibe that I dig, and it’d lend crispness to just about any casual outfit.

Have I shown you this excellent poplin dress from Cos? I feel the answer is yes, but how perfect would it be for vacation now, and summer later?

Even though it necessitates traveling with a steamer, I pretty much always travel to warm places with a white button down, cause it just looks so fresh.

And here’s a cute caftan, for beaching and lounging.

My bum knee has decided for me that I’m done with clog sandals; instead I’d reach for these Birkenstock Arizonas, which are a pretty good (and versatile) blue.

I always travel with a silk and cashmere Chan Luu scarf—they are so light, but warm when you need them to be, and this, too, is a nice blue.

And finally, I’d bring along this L.L. Bean tote (I like the zipper-topped ones)—it could be a carry-on for the plane and then a beach bag once you get there.

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    Gleaming the Cube
    31 Jan 2022
    11:48am

    Kim! One of my favorite shows is Air Disasters, which oddly makes me feel safer on planes. Something horrible happens, the NTSB (or whatever national authority) investigates, changes are made that make everyone safer. It’s not about blame, but making sure that problem never happens again. None of us will ever die in a plane now because we can’t find the exits while crawling on the floor because now there are little lights leading us to that exit! Flying is so incredibly safe, even with the FAA’s more recent issues. (CDC could learn a thing or two).
    OK, I’ve still got qualms about the 737 Max and will actively avoid: partially because it is a Frankenplane that totally besmirches the legacy of Boeing and is a symbol of corporate greed over technological progress, but also because the airlines have made the seating much tighter (even in 1st class) so it is all around a less comfortable plane from a passenger experience perspective.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      31 Jan 2022
      9:26pm

      My hubby started watching “Air Disasters” on his lunch breaks exactly one week before we were ready to fly to Chicago to visit our grandkids. I was contemplating divorce for the first time in almost 40 yrs.

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    themis
    31 Jan 2022
    3:09pm

    If it helps at all, airplane air is pretty much the cleanest indoor air on the planet, outside of the clean rooms where they assemble, I don’t know, spacecraft electronics or somesuch. It’s the airplane terminals that are petri dishes. (Married to a commercial pilot. Actually married to a commercial pilot who ferried a ton of the 737Maxes to the boneyard while they waited for Boeing’s fixes. Actually prefer Maxes for crosscountry flying these days, have no qualms about riding around in them.)
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    One of the nice things about being married to an airplane dude is that everytime I see/read/etc about an airline disaster, he can walk me through exactly why that can no longer happen from an engineering or procedural standpoint and all of the checks in place to keep all of my worst imaginary fears from occurring. And it also does help to know that a fear of flying is always a control issue. I know what his and his peers’ qualifications are and that helps, too. I think about how righteously indignant I am when people question my professionalism and the calls that I make on the job after my twenty five years’ experience doing what I do and I don’t spend a tiny fraction of the time he does on requalifying and retraining. Like, Kim, if you trust yourself to even pick out a pair of pants after your whole life caring about flattering pants; go ahead and trust an airline pilot to put the thing up in the air and put it back down safely. They know how high stakes their job is and they want to get home safely and on time probably even worse than you.
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    On topic, how much do I want those blue Birks. My god.

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    Eloise
    31 Jan 2022
    10:52am

    “Thanks” for linking to the short version of the caftan – I always manage to talk my short self out of the longer version (although I was extra tempted after a fellow shorty GOACA mentioned that it fit her after she put it in the dryer but I decided it would be way too expensive an experiment) but….

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      Gleaming the Cube
      31 Jan 2022
      11:40am

      Eloise, if you’re concerned about being overwhelmed in a caftan, this particular style is all around less voluminous than EF’s others (like the butterfly caftan we’ve seen recently). But both have interior ties so you can cinch it, which is a nice touch that EF does that a lot of other caftans lack. The Frascina style–at least the colors I’ve tried in person– are also opaque, whereas the butterfly ones tend to be a bit more sheer.
      Why yes, I own a lot of caftans…

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        Eloise
        31 Jan 2022
        11:56am

        Crap – this may just push me over the edge….

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    The Prof
    31 Jan 2022
    8:52pm

    I’m off to Mexico in the morning, color palette is a range of khakis, from army green to taupe. Caftan: check! Pedicure: check! Kn95: check! Can’t wait to escape before the storm.

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    Kelly S
    1 Feb 2022
    10:45am

    I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I just cannot wear light colors. Even if I’m sitting perfectly still in a clean environment, a stain will find me. There was an article in The Atlantic by a friend of Nora Ephron’s who said one of Nora’s pieces of life advice was that sofas should always be white. I had a white sofa once… for about 10 minutes, then it had foot marks and food spills.

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    AnneL
    31 Jan 2022
    1:19pm

    This is very timely since I am going to Florida for a wedding on Friday (the first time I’ve been on a plane in two years). My packing list looks remarkably like this (sans khaki shirt).
    I actually already purchased the short version of the caftan with the thought that I might wear it to the ceremony on the beach. So… if one were to wear it to a ceremony on a beach (this is an open question to the GOACA crew) how would you style it? I’m having a crisis of confidence since I’m a northern girl who has no real context for a January beach wedding.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      31 Jan 2022
      9:37pm

      I think I’d pair it with a cute, slightly sparkly but simple and flat (aka: beach friendly) sandal with some bigger earrings – maybe something larger and filigree gold like an Indian hoop?

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        AnneL
        2 Feb 2022
        1:20pm

        This is very helpful – thank you! Not sure if I have the appropriate sandal but the bigger gold earring gives me some thoughts. Thank you!

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    tamara
    31 Jan 2022
    1:36pm

    love the pics…can’t link the nili khaki shirt but i’m feeling that is the universe protecting me from the “complete purchase” button…emerson fry…sigh…i do wish they would find just one model just one time that isn’t so, shall we say…blonde??? how can they continue with such complete underrepresentation of…anyone else? i mean, a redhead would seem diverse at this point. it actually does stop me from shopping with them. (again…keeps me safe from “complete your purchase” but also makes me a little sad)

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      themis
      31 Jan 2022
      4:12pm

      tamara, I have felt the exact same way about the Emerson Fry marketing for years. While I guess I could admire their commitment to showing us how their styles flatter one particular blonde woman, I really wish they’d add someone with a different skin tone, or a girl of a certain age, or any ethnic or body diversity . . . whatsoever. Nope! If I looked like her, I could be supremely confident that their clothes would look great on me. The rest of us just get to wonder.

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    Elisa
    31 Jan 2022
    1:57pm

    I have the Birkenstocks in the navy, and they are great. In the colder weather they look good with a rag sock, but best alone. Kim, I have the knee issue as well–is it the height of the clog sandals or the lack of cushioning? I always get more rubber put on my clogs (except Troentorps, that have enough cushioning). If it’s the height, the Birks look great!

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      Kim France
      31 Jan 2022
      2:36pm

      I’m pretty sure it’s the lack of cushioning, Elisa.

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        Elisa
        31 Jan 2022
        3:52pm

        Then try going to a good cobbler–it might save you!

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          Viajera
          1 Feb 2022
          3:52pm

          [“sssssssssssSuuuuperfeeeeeet … ” she, a non-podiatrist, non-SF employee, whispers in a spoooky voice … ] … … … True, there are practical difficulties with working out how to use an arch support sole in a clog, but, imho, toooootally worth it.

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    Viajera
    31 Jan 2022
    12:56pm

    I hear you, Kim. I am not as brave as Gleaming, and I avoid ever watching air disaster scenes. Having said that, there are I think worse ways to go, but, it depends also where you are flying back from. At least, I hope it would be on the way back! But, yes, it is rare. Yet, if you don’t feel like it, don’t. Hey, I bet you could post from a ship too. … … Ya got some very cute things here. The first pair of pants, and striped tee, and caftan particularly to me. I like imaginary travel.

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