Joan Smalls’ NYFW Packing List

Ever wonder how top models stay chic and fresh throughout fashion week? Aside from their preternaturally fantastic genes, they know which essentials to pack since they’ve had literally years of practice. We tapped supermodel Joan Smalls to share what she won’t hit NYFW without. If it makes us look a little more like her, we’re all ears.

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"The bigger, the better. I'm loving the Dior mirrored 'So Real' sunglasses."

Skin Care

"I travel all the time, but no matter if I get 8 hours of sleep or 8 minutes of sleep, I always carry under eye concealer. Bright eyes don’t lie! I start with applying advance night repair for eyes first."


"I love flares so much. They are so dramatic. High fashion, yet retro at the same time. Plus, they make your legs look amazing. People keep saying, 'flares are back,' but I never felt like they went away. It was a must-have style for my fall ’15 capsule collection with True Religion."

Off-Duty Shoes

"I think there is something so sexy about a girl who can rock a great pair of sneakers. When I’m not working, I’m definitely running around town with a killer pair."


"A bold lip color. It’s so classic and so sexy. It’s also the easiest way to look like you spent time on getting ready, when really you can put it on while you’re walking out the door. Estée Lauder matte in Commanding is my favorite it's from the matte collection I created."


"A big bag that I can throw everything into. And I mean, everything."

For The Plane

"A comfy pillow (or shoulder)."

Surprise Essential

"I wear a lot of boyfriend-inspired pieces that drape your body and tops that have sheer fabrics, so my favorite surprise essential is always a great bra that’s not only comfortable, but is just as stylish as the clothes you put over it. My True Religion black T-shirt with leather sleeves is the perfect laid back, chic shirt that embodies two styles. The slightly oversized style and the femininity of the soft fabric."