HOW TO PACK WITH STYLE

What Not to Pack

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  1. We asked Clinton Kelly, cohost of TLC's What Not to Wear?, to teach our editorial production manager, Lauren Feuer, how to pack for a long weekend in the Berkshires. Clinton's first Big Rule: Nothing gets packed unless it goes with at least two other pieces

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    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  2. "Well, the good news is, I don't see anything that I immediately want to throw out," says Clinton, looking into Lauren's closet. He tells her to commit to neutrals on half the body. Clinton chose neutral bottoms, selecting one pair of jeans (he prefers darker, straight-leg jeans because they can be dressed up or down), one pair of cropped black pants, and one pair of taupe trousers.

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  3. …the other half gets patterns. "A shirt with a pattern goes well with a neutral bottom," Clinton says. "I'm no big fan of jeans and a solid—even though I'm wearing it now." You can mix prints if they're in the same color family and you vary the patterns' sizes. Keep secondary colors consistent. He chooses an extra knit (a pink top), because it'll go with the jeans and the trousers. "The fewer colors you have, the more likely it is that different pairings will work.

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  4. Accessorize strategically. "The right shoes and jewelry can take an outfit up or down," Clinton says."It's fine to mix gold and silver, but when you're traveling, it's easier to stick to one.

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  5. On the actual packing…. "Wear bulkier items on the plane, so you have more space inside the bag," says Clinton, as with the travel outfit he picked out for Lauren. Clinton puts jewelry in Ziploc bags to protect it, then stuffs the bags inside the shoes. Next he packs the shoes, in shoe bags, in the bottom of the suitcase.

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  6. Choose wrinkle-free fabrics. "A cotton or poly jersey dress, like a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, is great for traveling. You just roll it up in a ball." Here, Lauren wears an outfit that's comfortable, yet stylish enough for antiques shopping.

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)
  7. V-necks are better than crewnecks, Clinton says. "They elongate the neckline, which makes you look taller. And that makes you look thinner. I've never met a woman who didn't want to look thinner!

    (Photograph by Jennifer MacFarlane)

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