Expert Advice: Tia Cibani, Jet-Setter, Designer, and Packer Extraordinaire

By  August 22, 2007

In addition to being the season of bikinis, flip-flops and LWDs, summer is prime time for weddings. I went to my second of the season this past weekend. Thanks to some Glam packing tips, my wardrobe and I were fully prepared for every event the weekend threw my way including a diner brunch, an art museum visit, and of course, the fancy formal event itself. But what really saved me was my Ports 1961 jet-set kit; the canvas garment bag kept my frock safe and sound, the cashmere throw made for a great wrap as the evening cooled down, and the eyemask ensured quality beauty sleep.*

Ports 1961 Travel Kit
My favorite pieces from the Ports 1961 jet-set kit

The genius behind this pre-packed travel kit—and Ports’ party-ready frocks, all of which can be found online—is Tia Cibani, the label’s creative director and resident globe trotting expert. Since I’ve got more weddings and weekend trips on the docket during these last few weeks of summer—and I’m sure you do too—I cozied up to Cibani to cull a few helpful hints on how to travel in style.x S.C.


Ports 1961 Dresses

Looks from Ports 1961 Spring/Summer Collection

What’s your favorite kind of luggage and why?

Samsonite hard case because it’s practical and they protect my treasured shoes. Luggage always in red, for easy conveyor belt luggage spotting.

What’s one thing you never travel without? Ports 1961 cashmere, sleep eye mask

Who is your favorite person to travel with?
Fellow frequent flyers because they understand the ins and outs of travel.

What’s on your get-away soundtrack? Chopin.

What’s your secret travel indulgence? I always travel with a cashmere throw/blanket/scarf.

Where’s your favorite summer get-away? Four Seasons in Bali.

What’s your favorite vacation tradition? Unpack immediately upon arrival.

What’s the one thing you should pack for a weekend get-away that people often forget about? Comfy lounge slippers to make you feel like you are at home.

What if your weekend get-away includes a wedding? Is there a fool-proof wardrobe option?

For a country wedding, a sweet trapeze shape dress with wedge heels, no stilettos (as you don’t want to sink into the grass)! Ballet flats are also a good option. Be sure to have a shrug or cardi in case the evening is cool.

In the city, go fierce with simple and sleek look. Try a chic shift dress in a solid color. Remeber to work with the accessories more than the outfit. Lanvin’s shoes are a favorite with an oversized/floppy clutch to give ease to the overall look.

Describe one of the most successful “wedding guest outfit” you’ve seen/worn? Least successful?

Most Successful: An elegant yet understated black dress that is not revealing or outshining the bride. Chic shoes and bag with tasteful jewelry that is just enough, a cocktail ring…that’s it!

Least Successful: White frothy dress with matching shoes and bag. Never ever match!

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*Editor’s Note: This is no gratuitous plug: I really do love & use the Ports jet-set kit. Just ask my favorite wedding weekend companion, ie my boyfriend.