In 2005, I had a brief holiday in Roma…
It was late summer in Rome when I finally arrived at Leonardo da Vince Airport after a 24-hour long haul trip from Sydney via Singapore and London.
After such a tiring flight, of course it’s not over yet until I collected my luggage. I waited patiently by the luggage carrousel, somehow, it was no where to be seen…
Calming my panic down, at the same time I had to join a long missing luggage queue, where I was advised that my luggage was most likely still at Heathrow.
By the time my taxi took me to my hotel, I was dead tired as you could imagine. However, been in Rome excited me so much that I decided to do some sightseeing instead of stay in bed resting.
When I stepped into Rome’s 36C heat, I was in a turtle neck jumper which I wore in Sydney winter when I got on the plane. I was soon having a flashback of those nicely packed summer clothes I carefully selected, which were all in my ‘missing’ luggage – somewhere between London and Rome.
‘Could I wait a day or two for my luggage to return to me and meanwhile, wearing this wool jumper in the 36C heat?’ Well, the answer was NO!
So, I took myself shopping!
I quickly browsed into Zara and spotted a short sleeved simple white shirt. Although it’s slightly looser fitting than I would have liked, it was the last one left in that style. Not only did I like its lantern-shape sleeves, I could also afford it. So, ‘Why not buy it?’ – It’s sold!
One and a half days later, my missing luggage was safely delivered to my hotel, meaning: I could have plenty other choices of summer wear…
When I arrived later in Liverpool, UK, I developed the films shot in Rome. In those photos, I saw myself sitting in front of the Trevi Fountain wearing that white shirt with my yellow floral skirt; I also wore it as a cover shirt over an one piece white dress when I posed near the Spanish Steps; at Via Condotti, I tied it’s bottom to a knot and wore a pair of high-waist shorts with it… Clearly, this simple white shirt was THE most wearable garment during my time in Rome. ‘We’ were inseparable!
Oh! Here’s one more picture: I wore it with my jeans when I was in a snapshot licking my gelato at Piazza Navona…
No doubt that shirt was the IT fashion item for me during my very first ‘Roma holiday’! I later called it ‘my magic shirt!’
From then on, no matter it comes to travel wear or casual smart wear, I know I could always count on a simple white shirt.