By Zu Anjalika Kamis Gunnulfsen
In Be Fabulous, we talk about image and personal branding. It is all about making good of what you already have.
There is some kind of defensive air when you mention looking good when travelling. While I am one who is an advocate for being comfortable when travelling, there is also a part of me who truly believes one should never discount good things that can happen while running through terminals.
Firstly, let me reiterate this - being comfortable is a whole lot different from not-being-bothered about how you look.
Presentation and the first impression is everything; even when you are dashing for that Dreamliner. Always remember that it takes only 7 seconds for someone to size-you-up on the first meeting and you want to make sure, that sizing-up is a good one
A first good impression might open doors, for something good that is to come. Intelligence, wit, EQ and all those things that set you apart intellectually are important; so is the first impression. It is not too much for me to say one is dependant on the other.
Human beings are visual creatures; some may say fortunately and others might disagree but one thing is for sure, it does not take much to make that first impression work for you.
Let’s talk about how to make yourself in tip-top presentation mode even when you are on the way to be at 35,000 feet up in the sky.
I love wrinkle-free fabric. Choose a loose, breathable one to stay comfortable all day. My travelling favourites are wools and knits.
Have you ever had this cold spells in aircraft; they tend to be “fridgy". For this very reason, I would usually turn to layering. First, decide on basic outfit then layer. Layering helps with cold and most definitely a great fashion statement. Stretchy jeans or tights, t-shirts & long cardigans are my favourites. Depending on destination; if it is a colder place, bring along a jacket in your hand-carry to wear at arrival.
The good old scarf – what not to love? It is indeed a versatile piece. Wrap yourself, put them around your neck, use as a blanket. It even folds-up as a pillow – one item, few uses.
A fan of heels, the only time you will not see me in one is when I travel – a pair of sneakers scream chic and transit perfect!
For the ladies, our struggle for a good airport or travelling handbag is real. We need our lappy, book, energy bar, wallet, passport, mints and make-up purse to be part of our travelling-handbag ensemble, right? But do remember, you need one that is big enough to carry your essentials but small enough to be tucked under the seat.
The quintessential travelling item award goes to the sunglasses. It turns you up few notches - you will look put together; and those eye bags from lack of sleep, camouflaged. It also acts as a hair accessory after that thirteen hours flight!
Flying, especially long haul, takes a toll on he body and definitely not too much to say on one's wellbeing as well. With that in mind, it always help to make the appearance look somewhat presentable. Remember the adage, ' when you look good, you feel good'? That one is gold!
Winter is one of my favourite seasons for dressing-up but looks like I won’t be reveling in winter wear this year, given fact that I am confined in Malaysia for the next couple of months, at least until the covid situation dies down - which doesn’t seem to be anytime soon.
For those who are in wintery places - witnessing beautiful white snow falling from the skies, manouevering ice while walking, building that snowman – this one is for you.
Let me tell you first, winter dressing truly does not have to be drabby and boring. Having lived in a couple of wintery places, boring is the last thing I think about when dressing up for the season. Women or men, we have smorgasbord of choices when winter-proofing ourselves.
First and foremost, learn the art of layering. With this, you will achieve two things. One, of course, the main objective of feeling toasty and cosy under all those layers. With that taken care of, you will feel like you can take on the world even in the coldest of lands. Secondly, layering is stylish; done correctly, you will look pretty much like you have just walked out from magazine shoot. An example of layering will be; a turtleneck as a base, under a sweater and topped up with a jacket. Or try this, a current favourite – white tee topped up with black colour, one sized-up blazer and pile on a camel jacket. Finish off the look with a pair of black jeans; classy and toasty wrapped-up into one!
Use colors as part of your winter ensemble; do not shy away from them. My few favourite combinations – purple and grey, blue and emerald, blue and red, red and beige Play around, experiment with colours, you will be surprised how much you will stand out amongst the dark-colored combination you see on the streets during cold months.
If there is one thing I totally look forward to in winter, is the many hats I get to wear, no pun intended. Hats immediately pull together an outfit besides of course, not to mention the main aim of keeping your head and ears warm. Look for a couple in complementary colours that can accompany your winter wardrobe.
This is for the ladies especially; there is somehow a misconception that winter wear needs to be bulky. There need to be room for layering, yes; the thermal wear, sweater, parker – however there is no need for bulkiness, which create an illusion of a bigger silhouette. My favourite accessory for this is most definitely the belt. Belt-up your coats and sweaters; this immediately gives it a new lease of life. A cinched waist makes your ensemble more subtle and feminine.
We know that shoes can singlehandedly change the vibe of your whole outfit; so do winter boots. No one boot fits all occasions, so invest in a couple. My collection of boots consist of these - ankle boots for days I know I will be mostly indoors, knee-high ones for walk around town, wellies for wet, slushy winter days and snow boots for walks in woods.
Scarves - oversized ones perks-up a winter look almost immediately. Throw it on your shoulders, wrap it around your neck - nonchalantly and stylishly messy, adds an edge to the whole look
Oh and winter look is not complete without fur – however, make that faux fur, please. Fur coat, fur mittens, fur vest, fur collars, fur hats – just have fun with them, however, not all at one time. If you choose to wear a fur coat, opt for leather gloves. If you choose to wear a fur vest, opt for a suede coat – balance out fur and non-fur; done properly, fur elevates your outfit. Try it and feel a million dollars almost immediately.
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