Look effortlessly stylish in this comfortable patch pocket dress from GAP
When I travel, I try to use the Golden Flight Attendant Packing Rule: pack, then take half of your clothes out, then take away another half. If you’re like most travellers, you image yourself wearing all sorts of outfits you don’t venture out in at home, or changing multiple times. Typically people on vacation want to relax and feel comfortable, it’s even more true for those of us with ostomies. When we are out experiencing new things, there’s something comforting about wearing clothes you trust and know wear well. People tend to default to their comfort zone and wear only a handful of their go-to outfits.
Over the years I have experimented with styles for warm weather travel to see what is the most comfortable. Comfort is key, but being stylish is important whether I’m the road, or on vacation. I have stuffed and squished more outfits, hats, pairs of shoes and alternate weather gear than could fit in my suit case. I’ve sat on top of my bulging case to force the zipper to close on the many variations of me I thought I would explore when away. The same thing always happens when I get to my destination or embark on a road trip. I survey the hopeful heap and dig for my cozy clothes. I wear breathable fabrics and as much as I try to break out of my habit, I always default to my safe place: basic black. In fact, I wear so much black it’s tricky to see if there’s anything in my black lined suit case now. An added bonus is I can dress in the dark because everything goes together. My daughter once asked me why I always wear “dead people clothes”. I just smiled knowing someday she would understand my relationship with forgiving, flattering, basic black.
I do bust out of my style routine from time to time when on vacation, and toss on a pair of locally made earrings or a fun scarf. I am firm believer in what I like to call “distraction action” and wearing colorful or eye catching accessories is key. I always pick up a piece or two when travelling to go with my black basics. Since it goes with everything, I can pick up a floppy tank to top my black Capri’s or a tropical sarong to wrap around my black swim suit. I also trust my black clothes because they are forgiving if you spill and don’t show the dirt. And as the flight attendants say, “In the unlikely case of an emergency”…black gives me added confidence.