Teresita Orillac - THE QUEEN - Part 1

As I sit on my suitcase in an attempt at stuffing everything in on the eve of my departure from Shanghai, I think on Teresita Orillac - image consultant, personal shopper, designer and good friend. I consider Teresita Orillac the queen of the travelling wardrobe and although I think I probably come in at a close second, I am really keen to glean some further tips, especially now as I am more plane and train! 20140330-154654.jpg

Traveling the world for more than three weeks with just a carry-on? I did it with a pannier on the motorbike, but I wasn't partying or glamming it up all the time and well, I know you do, Teresita!

1. What is the most important piece in your carry-on wardrobe, the piece that you couldn't do without? I know you're a big separates girl.

I can't live without a black skirt and silk blouses. I can dress the black skirt up or down depending on the occasion. The simple silk blouses work for all season except a heavy winter. I wear them with shorts, skirts, jeans and pants, tucked in or just loose.

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2. How many pairs of shoes do you pack including the ones you wear on the plane? I know you're a high heel fan.

Depending on the season and the type of trip, I usually pack a pair of flats (boots or ballet flats), a pair of platforms and a pair of stilettos and sometimes gym trainers. For me the key is not to wear the same shoe everyday and if possible not use the same shoe ALL day.

Yes, I am a big fan of high heels. I love how they look and how they make me stand up. I feel more alert and awake. However, I don't believe in suffering for fashion. For me most high heels are more comfortable than flats, but if something doesn't work for your feet or body then it's not for you.

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3. What do you wear on the plane? It's so tricky especially on the all nighters. I find it pretty hard to get right and it can get cold on board. Also I especially hate looking all crumpled when I come off.

I am a big fan of wearing comfortable, easy-to-wear dresses and skirts. For long trips I avoid tight jeans and pants. So now I travel with a simple dark coloured dress and black tights underneath. No heavy jewelry or tight belts. It's like I'm in PJs, but I look like I could go out to dinner. I even put on the tights once I'm in the plane if the place were I was departing from is not one of cold weather.

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Now, I am not really a dress fan, but I can see how this makes perfect sense. Tomorrow I continue to pick Teresita's brain and I just hope my Samsonite hard top case gives a little...