Tim Gunn's Rules of Style

The Project Runway mentor and fashion guru answers all your style conundrums.

By Tim Gunn

August 4, 2011 12:00 AM
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"I'm going on a Mediterranean tour this summer for 16 days, and I'm allowed only one suitcase! What key pieces should I pack? What are some comfortable shoe alternatives to flip-flops?"

First, regardless of the item of apparel, it should have stretch — as little as 2 to 4 percent and as much as a knit jersey, for example. This will allow you to cram as much as you can into your suitcase and still avoid wrinkling. Furthermore, lightweight knits can be washed in a sink and hung up to dry overnight. Second, bring staples: a dress pant, T-shirts and camisoles, a skirt, a shift or sheath, and a light cardigan for air-conditioned spots and the chance that you may visit a cathedral, which will require that you cover your shoulders. A comfortable flip-flop alternative is a ballet flat or an espadrille. Have a wonderful trip!

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