Packing light: How to create 25 different looks from 5 light-weight pieces (USA Today)
Like countless other travelers, Silvia Allegrini arrived at the baggage carousel to discover her luggage had gone in a different direction than she had.
And like countless other travelers, she was forced to run out and buy stop-gap clothing she neither particularly wanted nor needed, while waiting for her belongings to catch up with her.
But unlike countless other travelers, Allegrini set to work finding a solution. The former New York makeup-store owner turned designer has devised a “kit” consisting of five clothing items and two accessories that can be mixed and matched to create 25 distinct outfits. The $199 Chick on the Go ensemble comes in a compact multi-pocketed case and weighs just four pounds. Inside are five black and white garments in an ultra light-weight rayon and spandex blend. The pieces include black, wide-leg pants; a black slip dress; a white long-sleeve shirt; a white tank top; and a black poncho that can double as a skirt or shirt, plus one black and one white cloth belt.
PHOTOS: Check out the different outfits
The button-less, zipper-less pieces claim to fit all body types, but if you’re under 5-feet, 7-inches or so, you’ll need to get the pants shortened. And though Allegrini says they’ll work for all body types (the clothes come in five sizes ranging from extra small to extra large), we wonder how forgiving the sheer fabric would be on a plus-size woman.
They looked great on our slim, 5-foot-7-inch tester and in some instances, her interpretations of the suggested ensembles looked better than those pictured in the promotional material. Our model created 24 of the 25 looks (she declined to attempt the one that pairs a belt, worn as a bandeau top, with the poncho, worn as a skirt). Of the 24 outfits, all but two — both involving the poncho — got a nod from her.
Readers, what’s your strategy for getting maximum mileage out of a minimalist travel wardrobe?