Basics and Building Blocks: Japan Travel 2017

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017

Not an overly creative outfit – but one constructed out of basics that will serve you well. Sunglasses – ASOS / T-shirt – Oxford / Belt – Trennery / Moto-Jeans – ASOS / Chelsea Boots – Redpath

 

Basics is a language that we should all be versed in by this point. It is 2017, the minimalist, normcore and aesthetics trends have all come and gone (and are likely on their way back again); and as such when you see the term basics you should know without prompting that I’m talking about those essential building-block items we all call upon when constructing an outfit. Get it? Got it? Good.

Moving on – basics are arguably never more important than when you are travelling and relying on a diminished wardrobe to pull from. Knowing how to use your basics, how to dress them up or down to suit the situation, will mark the seasoned traveler from the novice.

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017

And yet as I sit here in Okinawa, the contents of mu suitcase strewn about my hotel room in a panicked mess resembling Kim Kardashian’s suite post-robbery (too soon?); it has become apparent that I actually have nobody’s business talking basics with you at all. You see, I forgot a couple of basics when packing for this trip – and now I am really paying for it.

Genius that I am, I didn’t really pack any warm weather basics like shorts or polo shirts, because Japan is in the midst of Autumn. This of course ignore the fact that I started this trip here in Okinawa, knowing it would be 25 degrees or more every day, and that it was more like Hawaii than mainland Japan. I have no idea why or how, but it never actually occurred to me that I might need to pack slightly different clothes for the first leg of my trip.

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017

At the very least I should have realised I needed some trans-seasonal basics like a polo shirt, chino shorts, or even a hoodie in a light cotton.

Instead I am sweltering away here in skinny moto-jeans, and having to change my shirt part-way through the day because I have sweat my way through the one I threw on in the morning.

Thankfully Japanese hotels usually provide ample clothes hangers and clothing deoderisers (like Febreze); so I am faring better than I might have been. I am running out of clean clothes already though, and I am going to have to do laundry as soon as I get to Kyoto as a result.

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017

Basics, as you can see, make or break not just an outfit – but an entire travel wardrobe. You need to ensure you have your basics picked and packed before you go reaching for anything else, because when it comes down to it these are the garments that are going to save your butt.

I’m here in Japan for three weeks and I am hoping to bring you a lot more travel content this time around. If there is anything in particular you’re interested to hear about, leave me a comment below!

An outfit constructed out of basics that will serve you well - Grant Heino, Naha, Okinawa - November 2017