Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Trip to The Antipodes: A Polyvore Set

In geographical terms, an antipode of a place is its diametrical opposite on the surface of the globe. According to Wikipedia, however, the same term is often used in the British Isles to refer to Australia and New Zealand, even though the exact geographical antipodes of both places are often far from general British territory:
Geographically the antipodes of the British Isles are in the Pacific Ocean, south of New Zealand. This gave rise to the name of the Antipodes Islands of New Zealand, which are close to the antipodes of London at about 50° S 179° E. The antipodes of Australia are in the North Atlantic Ocean, while parts of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco are antipodal to New Zealand. (
What does this have to do with the Polyvore set seen below? Well, for one thing, this outfit describes my dream wardrobe for my upcoming trip to Australia and New Zealand.


The coat: Okay, so I'm not really wearing a Burberry trench coat on the plane - in fact, I'm sticking with a blazer and stashing the Burberry sport jacket next to that parka from The North Face in my suitcase - but it's nice to fantasize about running around in a coat like that, looking like Kate Middleton on a latte break. And considering the other items in this set, the coat is mere icing on a particularly tasty cake.

The sweater and the scarf: My in-flight staples are usually the same: serious blazer, simple top, colorful scarf, and sensible pants. When I'm out on the town, however, I tend to ditch the blazer for a nice sweater, like this pink J. Crew number, and wear it over a simple tank or T-shirt. Considering that the weather forecast for Auckland and Sydney are in the low 60s, it's nice to know that my tropic-conditioned self can still stay warm without looking and feeling suffocated.

Dark Purple & Pink Fringed Tassel Square ScarfThat said: Can we talk about scarves here? I'm the type of person who could never seem to get enough scarves - the more colorful, the better, if only to perk up the face a little bit. The scarf that I plan on wearing on the plane ride to Auckland, in fact, is one of those hipster/bandit tasseled deals (similar to the one on the left) that I've seen practically everywhere for the past school year. The scarf that I picked has more of a batik print - pink with purple flowers - instead of the traditional plaid or black-and-white check, to avoid looking like I could be up to no good in an unlawful manner.

The pants: I never wear jeans on the plane. Ever. (It's an unspoken Hacienda rule, what with certain politically incorrect implications vis-a-vis how certain people are perceived when they get on a flight to or from Manila while wearing denim.) I like to be comfortable, though, so I'm more inclined to stick with khakis instead. It's also good for running out and about without looking the least bit sloppy.

The shoes: Clarks brogue-style booties. Heeled, so they're gorgeous. Padded, so they're walkable. Just what I need.

The suitcase: Again, this isn't exactly what I'm traveling with - both of my suitcases are soft-shelled deals - but I'd be remiss if I didn't want to travel with Rimowa luggage. Again, a girl can always dream. :) 

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