Packing Light The Joan Collins Way!
- Joan Collins travelled around the US, South America and Australia
- She set herself challenge to pack just 21 outfits into three bags
- Veteran actress packed just one casual ensemble to wear in the hotel
You never know where you’ll be going, which glamorous parties you’ll attend or when you might face the ultimate fashion faux pas: turning up in the same outfit as someone else (as I discovered last month when breakfast TV host Susanna Reid and I wore similar-looking floral dresses).
I like to be ready for anything, so I don’t believe in packing light.
So, recently, as I set off on a three-week adventure around the U.S., South America and Australia, I set myself a challenge.
Could I pack 21 outfits – enough for a host of social and business engagements in varying climates – into just three bags?
My husband Percy laughed. ‘I know you,’ he said. ‘There’s no way you’ll be able to do that.’ But his disbelief only spurred me on. I started preparing a week in advance, laying out every outfit, right down to the accessories, in my dining room and hanging them up on a rolling rail.
I made lists of the things I’d be doing and allocated an outfit to each one, packing just one casual ensemble – a cashmere Marks & Spencer hoodie and cotton palazzo pants – to wear in the hotel suite.
I chose hats, bags and shoes I could wear several times with different looks, and mixed new pieces with old favourites.
My dresser, Chrissie, packed them expertly – and everything fitted! There was even room for more, so I could enjoy some retail therapy while I was away.
Want to know how I managed it? Here is my holiday fashion diary – and the secret to looking fabulous without packing the kitchen sink . . .