On Christmas day, I’m flying to L.A. with Paul for a west coast tour with his students, who are backing up Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers. It’s about two weeks on the road, and the kids are playing gigs all the way up the coast to Seattle. This means we will be encountering quite a few climates, from sunny and slightly brisk this time of year in Los Angeles to rainy and chilly in Seattle. Competition to make it into my suitcase is brisk, but the following pieces are looking to make the cut, starting with this silk button-down. As those of you who aren’t new here might know, my #1 rule of packing is to have a tight color palette, and the hues this time are mostly gray and black, with a hit of actual color thrown in for kicks. And I like to bring lots of silk tops this time of year when I travel, because they de-wrinkle easily, and are good light layers.
I’ll also throw in a cotton button-down or two. My current favorite is this Ace shirt from Cali Dreaming.
A nice, comfy pair of jeans is essential.
And I’ll definitely bring a pair of chinos too, for when I want to look more pulled-together than jeans can make me look.
There are going to be a few verrrry long bus rides, and for those I am bringing these sweats from Alala. They’re the softest, comfiest material.
Next up: a gray cashmere hoodie for those bus days.
I’ll probably wear an oversize crewneck like this on the plane.
It’ll be freezing the day we leave New York so I’ll have a heavy puffer with me, but it’ll be too heavy for a lot of the weather we’ll be experiencing. So I’m bringing along my ever-handy and lightewight packable puffer, which keeps me warmer than you’d think.
As far as footwear goes, comfort is essential, so I’ll be bringing my Blundstone boots.
Adidas doesn’t make the sneakers I plan on bringing with me, but they’re not dissimilar to this pair, which has a generous (and funky!) platform sole.