For the past few weeks, I’ve been in and out of New Jersey and Florida for work. Normally, I have a hard time packing for trips, let alone business trips. In the back of my head, I’m asking myself, “What’s the weather going be like?”, “Are we going out anytime during the week?”, “How casual is this other office compared to mine?” Too many questions for a simple solution. I’ve put together 10 pieces that are interchangeable for a week filled business trip. I’ve used this thought process to narrow down my suitcase and my frustration.
Business Trip Basics
Besides the necessities, it’s best to pack these basics for your business trip:
- 2 shirts – Camis, tank tops, and bodysuits really do the trick!
- 2 blouses – I tend to pack longer sleeve blouses since most offices decide to freeze us out
- 1 skirt – Midi skirts are perfect because they aren’t too short but long enough to still move in
- 1 pair of jeans – Always bring a pair for after work drinks or casual Fridays
- 2 trousers – Choose bottoms that are neutral colors and of different fabric for more variety
- 1 dress – Black is the go to! It’s the easiest to convert from day to night.
- 1 blazer and/or cardigan – This is more for “accessorizing” your outfits and staying warm
Usually, I’m all for LOTS of colors and patterns; but when packing, stick to pieces that can be paired easily with each other. Coordination is key. This provides more options for your mood, weather changes, and the agenda for the day. Even better, you’ll even have the ability to pack everything into a carry-on bag with ease! Another quick tip! Most time if you bring a garment bag on a flight, the attendants will let you store it in the closet. – source: Buzzfeed
Of course you can’t forget your shoes. Limit the amount to 2-3 pairs, if that! Your shoes can make the statement when the outfit doesn’t. Find a pair that coincides with your pieces and are comfortable! Might be hard to meet those two requirements, but it’s worth a try! To alleviate the pain, bring a pair of handy, dandy flats for those long days!
Professional settings aren’t the place for elaborate accessory pieces. Sophisticated accessories like a gold watch or statement necklace go a long way more than gaudy jewelry that comes with it’s own sound system.
With this many pieces, you should be about to make a 12 or more solid outfits for your business trip. 1-2 weeks worth of outfits is better than just 4 separate outfits that require more than what you can bring. Try this method out and let me know if this worked for you!
*Warning* These items aren’t from my closet and some are beyond my price range; however you can gather the idea of what items you can place together and the versatility of your wardrobe.
Michael Kors peplum dress
$97 – johnlewis.com
$430 – stylebop.com
$650 – harrods.com
$27 – withchic.com
$210 – stylebop.com
$37 – yoins.com
$235 – italist.com
$990 – johnlewis.com
$39 – gucci.com