For a fashion icon famous for her love of slip dresses and floaty Zimmerman-style pieces, Sarah Ellen sure has done an about-turn with her style aesthetic of late.

While in Milan and Paris for the recent Autumn/Winter 2018 ready-to-wear runway shows, sharp tailoring – particularly of the pantsuit variety – was both her go-to look and a lesson for us all in smart European vacay packing.

Keeping to a palette of cream, brown, black neutrals with the occasional pop of colour – like a marigold yellow roll-neck knit, emerald green bag or bold checked pant – was enough embellishment to offer a talking point.

The favourite piece in her fashion show travel wardrobe? Given this shoot she did was in partnership with accessories brand FURLA, it was the Metropolis Seta bag ($549, SHOP NOW) with woven silk scarf detailing – a brand new bag style for the brand.

“I could dress it up with some heels or dress it down with a good pair of jeans, so it made life easier,” she told GRAZIA. Much like our next attempt at packing now we’ve been inspired by her oversized suit styling of late.