Celeb Stylist Anita Patrickson Shares the Genius Packing Tips She Gives to Her Clients
Anita Patrickson's Kenya Trip
With clients including Julianne Hough and Ruby Rose, celebrity stylist doesn't get a ton of downtime. But when she does, she makes the most of it, planning stunning trips you can see on her Instagram, including a recent trip with ethical jewelry brand Soko. The South Africa native returns to her home country to see her family a few times a year, but says the Kenya trip was even more meaningful because it wasn't just a vacation: "Being able to be back on my home-ground, contributing, and getting my hands dirty was amazing!"
But just because she's off the clock doesn't mean she isn't using her skill set to make her vacation better. So we asked her to give us inside scoop on how a celebrity stylist packs for an epic trip that requires a little flexibility. Read on for her best tips.
Pachyderm + Packing Tips
Patrickson says putting her suitcase together wasn't as challenging as it might have been. "Having grown up in Africa, I had the inside scoop! I think the one thing that I tend to look for when gathering all my items for any trip is my color palette. When you keep all your pieces in the same color wheel, it make everything so much easier to mix and match and it pulls your whole story together. I wanted clothes that were chic but not too precious, and shoes that would work with everything."
Patrickson paired a prim ruffled top with denim cutoffs and added lace-up booties to keep things practical. She added a long pendant and statement earrings, plus the Cult Gaia bag you've seen all over instagram.
How does a celebrity stylist manage to keep her long necklaces untangled? "I actually pack my jewelry for holidays the way I pack them for set or for a client for a press tour. There are gorgeous, chic jewelry bags you can buy with individual ring and necklace holders, but I usually just use the mini plastic baggies and pack each little piece individually, and then a bigger bag for the ring bags, necklaces, earrings, etc. I like being able to see every item without unpacking it all. When packing necklaces, I seal the baggie with a bit of the chain hanging outside the seal so that it stays untangled."
It wouldn't be a wildlife excursion without a pair of green khaki shorts, which she teamed with some worn-in leather accessories and gold jewelry.
When planning for a trip, Patrickson says, "If everything you are bringing is in the same 'world,' you don't need to bring all that much. That's why I love having a whole chunk of Soko pieces because they mix-and-match. If you are doing different stories for different looks, then obviously you need more. I think a general rule when traveling is don't bring anything you would be devastated to lose (like your mother's diamond earrings, unless it's something you wear everyday anyway). But do pack pieces you love, cause that's why you own them... to wear! Make your stories ahead of time - statement earrings with simple rings, chunky necklaces, etc. Always ensure every piece has a 'family' to wear it with."
She also included some lightweight linen army-green pants and jazzed them up with a pretty scarf and more gold pieces.
What mistake does she see people making when packing their jewelry? "Throwing everything in together is an obvious error. There's nothing worse than arriving and your jewelry is in a totally messy, knotted heap (pretty sure we have all been there!). Also, not packing things either individually or having specific places for pieces, so that if something is missing, you can locate it immediately. It's awful to get home and realizing you left a ring on the bathroom sink! Be gentle with your jewelry. Things break, stones can be fragile. Treat your pieces with care and pack them correctly."