It’s packing’s great dilemma. Two fashion experts put their case to Kate Phillips.
Jennifer Hart, Everyday Cashmere
“I can go two to three weeks with only seven kilos of hand luggage – I do that by rolling. You have to be organised, of course. I take five or six outfits but I choose pieces that complement one another in different combinations. I roll each outfit together – jeans then cashmere then tops. The no-ironing factor is important to me; I put a scarf or wrap between my garments so they don’t crease. Once I’ve worn every outfit, I unroll them and re-create new combinations and I’m set for the next week. It’s crease-free and light and it still leaves room to throw in an extra wrap if I’m going to a colder climate.”
Cheryl Manning, Manning Cartell
“I know rolling is supposed to save space but it’s not for me. I like to organise by folding. I start with heavy coats and jackets, folding them in half and placing them at the bottom of my suitcase. Then I divide the rest of the space into halves: one for shoes and toiletries; the other for pants and tops. It’s a neater look and I know exactly where to find what, which is helpful when I’m not in a hotel room long enough to unpack everything. I fold my tops just like they fold shirts in a shop: I lie them flat, face down, and bring the outer seams in. If a garment is delicate, I might put it in a plastic bag but that’s rare. I also alternate smooth and textured clothes so they don’t catch.”