I used AI to pack for Moab
–and here is what I learned
I’ve been thinking about the story I’ve been telling with my clothing since I was in the 4th grade.
It was parent teacher conferences and Mrs. Taylor was meeting with my mom. Parked on the bench in the beige carpet hallway, I could see them talking through the glass.
I’m Indian. I wasn’t worried about the content of the conversation.
“She is well mannered.”
“She has straight A’s.”
“She’s not great at gym.”
But as my mom emerged, she had a comment I wasn’t expecting from Mrs. Taylor:
“I’ve never seen a kid so young so focused on looking so put together.”
She was commenting on the meticulousness with which I dressed for school. My latest victory was finding a wooden necklace, shaped into a heart. It featured two pieces. One black. One blue. They perfectly interlocked in the space made by the cowl of the cowl neck of my midnight blue/black sweater.
I had such a sense of pride in finding the perfect piece to fit there.
Mrs Taylor couldn’t understand it in a fourth grader, but found it worth pointing out to my mom.
Some habits die hard. As an adult, my “packing” begins the minute I buy the plane ticket.
We head to Moab in April to celebrate Matt’s 56th birthday.
Yes I’ll be packing my LL Bean fleece, hiking pants and moisture wicking tee-shirts, but my style muses are women like Olivia Palermo. Always lady-like, but always featuring an elegant, unexpected twist to her outfits.
On my whiteboard, I began to think “What unique story will I tell with my clothes? How will my choices reflect the destination?”
Normally, I would read blogs, pour through Pinterest to understand the style. This time, I asked ChatGPT 4 to draw me outfits for
Sitting by the fire
Lunch at the glamping site
Dinner at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City
Breakfast at Ruthie’s
1/There were some misses. I won’t be wearing a sexy camisole to hike and I’m not a waist size -0.
But I was pleasantly surprised to find a really dialed in stylist in AI. Now I set about sourcing the individual pieces that make an outfit and make it my style.
2/ I was surprised how ‘dialed in’ ChatGPT was in identifying the ‘culture’ of the destination and reflecting back the unique twists I was seeking. For example, peasant blouses, shorts and cowboy boots for central Utah.
3/I love love love the illustrations that Dall-E produced. They are little works of art in themselves.
My working packing list in the link in comments.
The images that ChatGPT 4 spit out below