Uniforms and fashion are often seen as complete opposites. Uniforms are about conformity while fashion deals with individuality and self-expression. It may therefore seem surprising that over the years many high profile designers have put out pieces inspired by uniforms. This dichotomy is currently being explored in the Uniformity exhibit at the Museum at FIT in New York City.
The exhibition displays military, work, school and sports uniforms alongside the high fashion looks which they inspired. The Uniformity display is on until November 19, 2016.
I paid a visit to the museum during on my recent trip to NYC and below are some of the military-inspired designs.
Between packed flights, stringent airport security rules and all the other issues that come with travelling, it’s almost expected that travellers will look a wreck by the end of their flight. Yet it’s almost impossible for a day to go by without a fashion or entertainment magazine or site dissecting a celebrity’s airport outfit. The focus is always on how a model, singer or Kardashian managed to look chic while still seeming comfortable. (I realise I made Kardashian seem like a job title and maybe it is.)
Anyway, a couple years back I talked about how to dress to make it through airport security easily. Now I want to talk about how to pack and dress to make it through the flight without ending up looking terrible. It’s not actually a skill reserved just for celebrities.
1. Choose fabrics that won’t wrinkle. You may get crammed into the middle seat on a long haul flight. You may have to sit in a train or bus for hours on the way to the airport. You may try to curl up and sleep on an overnight flight. No one will know if your clothes aren’t wrinkled when you rejoin the rest of society.
2. Plan to dress in layers. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer. You may be hot while waiting on the tarmac but you could very well start to freeze at 30 000 feet. Your flight may be delayed leaving you in a cold airport for hours or long customs and immigration lines may have you stuck with the AC on full blast. You will regret wearing shorts and a tank top then. Make sure have an open front cardigan, cozy jacket or large shawl with you. This will also come in handy later in your trip when museums/theatres crank up their AC in response to high temperatures.
3. Wear comfortable shoes with socks or ballet flat liners. You don’t want to get your trip off to a bad start with blisters and the like while standing in those long lines I mentioned earlier. You also don’t want to pick up any germs when security makes you take off your shoes. Who knows what the traveller before you had on their feet? Plus you may want to be able to take off your shoes when you get on the plane without having to actually touch the floor.
Bonus: This is more about skincare than fashion but it does help with looking put together after the flight. In your little TSA-approved ziplock bag, make sure you have products to combat the harsh AC and recycled plane air. Think a good hand cream and lip balm and whatever usually addresses your particular skin and hair needs. Just remember you can only take a travel-sized amount. And drink water! Dehydration will always make you feel worse.
The travel bug, wanderlust. . . call it by any other name and it is the same thing: my insatiable desire to experience a new country or city.
It translates into me finding it very difficult to stay in Barbados when I’m on vacation. I really did intend to stay home for the first part of my vacation this year but then I was browsing LIAT.com a couple months ago and I realised airfare to Dominica was just about $300 if I booked the online only fare. I love a decent price so what was a girl to do? By the time you read this my 3-night/4-day adventure will be in progress!
Since it’s such a short trip I really wanted to make the most of my time. At first I assumed I could approach Dominica in the same way I did St Lucia in 2013. I’d looked up St Lucian tour providers online and contacted them via email. About a month before my trip I could ascertain which days group tours would be available and how much they would cost.
Not so with Dominica. The frequent response I got was that tours are conducted when there are enough people. That may be OK for groups or people with a lot of time to spare but as a solo traveller with a short time frame, the back and forth and uncertainty just wouldn’t cut it.
Then I stumbled across Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, an eco-friendly property with which I fell in love at first sight. They offer a Jungle Spa Adventure package which includes airport transfers, daily scheduled hikes and activities, meals, morning yoga and spa treatments. All this while being accommodated in a cottage perched high in the jungle and steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. They call it “barefoot luxury” and I’m really looking forward to experiencing it.
I plan to hike along the Glasse Trail, visit Sari Sari Waterfall and take in Roseau and Trafalgar Falls as well as a nature walk to White River and the Atlantic Ocean. And of course, I want to pause, read and just take in the view.
Access to wifi will be limited but I’ll be sure to share some photos on Instagram when I can so please go follow me if you haven’t as yet.
In the meantime, have you been to Dominica? What did you like most? Sound off in the comments.