Weekend Style Inspiration

Greek Holiday

 Acropolis, Athens

Acropolis, Athens

This weekend I am making preparations for a two week summer vacation in Greece – departure is scheduled for Wednesday, and I am judiciously considering what clothes to bring. When I first thought about packing for the trip, I looked through 1970s photographs of Jackie Onassis in Greece. The photos inspire with a wavy haired Jackie, dressed stylishly for dinner in the city or equally voguish, clad in flip-flops and a poet shirt over bikini bottoms on Skorpios. Though I will not be going to the Ionian islands but to Athens and Folegandros, a small island in the Aegean Sea, my ambition is to have the same fashionable ease and comfort as Jackie.

Glamorous images of the jet set aside, from what I can tell, there are two kinds of travelers: the doers and the planners. Those belonging to the first group pack a suitcase without giving the job much thought, simply pulling things from their wardrobe they would like to have along on the trip. This takes steady nerves and a general disregard for end results, as you may arrive at your destination only to realize you haven’t brought the appropriate clothes. The second group is the one to which I belong: a planner, I compile a list of the outfits I will need for each day’s activities. My tally includes accessories such as jewelry, bags, and scarves and takes into account the necessity for suitable shoes. This is perhaps the greatest burden of a planner: leaving behind your favorite high-heeled shoes. For if you fall into the second category, you are no doubt also a realist, and know from experience that you will never wear all the beautiful shoes you love while traveling.

And so, it comes down to the essentials for a Greek holiday involving some days in the city and some days at the beach. My list entails a swimsuit, floral pull-on pants for a cover-up, flip flops, a sunhat, an elegant pair of strappy wedge sandals for dinner, two pairs of lightweight sneakers for touring around, plenty of semi-sheer cotton shirts, four pairs of dressy pants, and a cotton summer jacket for evenings. Accessories are limited to three necklaces, one bracelet, two handbags – one for daytime, one for dinner. It’s important to note that all the shirts pair easily with the pants and can be seamlessly mixed and matched to create several distinct outfits. (Planners avoid checking luggage, preferring to travel light).

Though organized in my packing, I am open to the unexpected which travel brings us into contact with, immersing myself and seeing with fresh eyes all that is unfamiliar. As Emily Dickinson, I too, dwell in possibility and spreading wide my narrow Hands/To gather Paradise-

Folegandros

Folegandros

Nightlife in Folegandros

Nightlife in Folegandros

Donkey with hay

Donkey with hay

Jackie Onassis in Athens, 1970s

Jackie Onassis in Athens, 1970s

Jackie Onassis in Skorpios, 1975

Jackie Onassis on Skorpios, 1975

Eres navy and gold swimsuit with teardrop back

Eres navy and gold swimsuit with teardrop back

Christian Louboutin wedge sandals, MM6 zipper pants,Isabel Marant Etoile striped shirt, Vintage Chanel turnlock necklace

Christian Louboutin wedge sandals, MM6 zipper pants,Isabel Marant striped shirt, vintage Chanel turnlock necklace

 

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Personal Style

Robyn Davidson

image Rick Smolan

image Rick Smolan

When Robyn Davidson, an Australian writer, was twenty-seven years old she set out on a nine month trek across the deserts of west Australia, from Alice to the Indian Ocean. In 1977, accompanied on her 1700 mile excursion by her dog and four camels, Davidson agreed to write about her experience for National Geographic. The photographer, Rick Smolan documented her progress, capturing breathtaking images of Davidson’s journey. In response to the overwhelming attention she received after returning home, Davidson wrote her story of the adventure, Tracks which was adapted for film in 2013 and stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The film is not only remarkably faithful to Davidson’s account but to her personal style, recorded by Smolan’s images with such beauty and empathy.

After seeing the film and learning more about Davidson through her book, I fell in love with her bold curiosity, resilience, and compassion. In looking through Smolan’s photographs, I couldn’t help but notice how contemporary Davidson’s clothing appears and was struck by her words: “I liked myself this way, it was such a relief to be free of disguises and prettiness and attractiveness. Above all that horrible, false, debilitating attractiveness that women hide behind.” In Smolan’s photos, Davidson appears unselfconsciously at ease, projecting a natural elegance and an unassuming beauty.

So much is made today not only of finding one’s personal style but of having the ability to articulate it. In her self-possession Davidson offers proof of real style: knowing who you are and being comfortable in your own skin.

Image Rick Smolan

image Rick Smolan

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With her friend Jen who flew out to meet her

With her friend, Jen who flew out to meet her; image Rick Smolan

Journey's end: at the Indian Ocean

Journey’s end: at the Indian Ocean

With her dog, Diggity in 1977; image Rick Smolan

With her dog, Diggity in 1977; image Rick Smolan

At the Australian premiere of Tracks in 2013

At the Australian premiere of Tracks in 2013

 

 

 

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