Since so many of you are traveling abroad or within the country for the summer, tons of you have been writing me and asking what to pack. So here you go – my guide to the essentials you’ll need to bring for fabulous a summer abroad or wherever you happen to be going.
Over the years, I’ve learned that your choice of shoes is an incredibly important part of any trip — especially when going abroad! Take it from someone who packed for her first five month study abroad trip in one average size backpack and one small rucksack — you don’t need all those shoes!…
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. Omigod! Shoes.
How many to pack, and how many do you actually wear? Got any shoe advice of your own for people preparing to travel abroad?
People Who Studied Abroad #183:
Zac Posen, designer
Pursued a degree in womenswear from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (United Kingdom).
From "Zac to the Future", Lucire Magazine, 2002:
Lucire: Do you think that by going to Central St Martin’s gives you an edge as a young new American designer as opposed to somebody who might have gone to FIT or Parsons?
ZP: Well I think I was around students and teachers where you are able to format your own project by yourself, you’re pushed to the boundary. At St Martin’s you’re given a briefing and a month later after meeting with your teacher you have to present. It’s very intense. You have to be very self-motivated.
American travelers are often too busy gawking at the fashions of our European counterparts (guys in skintight jeans with ridiculous mullets or magenta-haired girls with questionable piercings) to notice their reciprocated slack-jawed stares at our own ridiculous wardrobe. Europeans can spot an American from a mile away based solely on our clothing choices. We have unlocked the mysteries of those judgmental European looks to bring you OTP’s What NOT to Wear While Traveling Europe tutorial.
People Who Studied Abroad #42:
Jason Wu, fashion designer
Born in Taiwan, raised (from age 9) in Canada.
Attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and Loomis Chaffee, in Connecticut (United States). Studied sculpture in Tokyo (Japan) at age 14 and spent his senior year of high school in Rennes (France) through School Year Abroad before graduating from Loomis Chaffee. Continued his education at Parsons The New School for Design in New York (United States).