with Susan Wagner
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Charlene wants to know about what to wear on a business trip:
I do at least one business trip a year and I always struggle with what to take and how not to take too much stuff. The company I work for is very casual so I like to look professional but maintain the casual feel. Also, keep in mind with what I do I have to wear a closed toe shoe at all times.
There are three simple strategies for packing, no matter where you are going.
Pack only things that you REALLY wear. A business trip is not the time to test out a new skirt or jacket; you want clothes that you will be comfortable and confident in.
Pack basic pieces. Think both in terms of shape and color; neutral pieces in classic shapes are your best bet (black pencil skirt, brown wool trousers).
Pack pieces that work together. Choose one color palette for your trip, to guarantee that the things you pack will do multiple duty. Neutral basics plus a pop of color, in a blouse or sweater, keep your look fresh and flexible.
MICHAEL Michael Kors trench coat, Nordstrom, $128.00
So what actually goes in the suitcase?
Trench coat. Unless you are going somewhere really cold, a trench is perfect for travel, because it is sharp enough to wear to a meeting or out for dinner but light enough to tuck in your bag.
Cashmere sweater. Cashmere also travels well, because it is both lightweight and warm. And cashmere is perfect for travel because if you spill on it, you can wash it, unlike a wool sweater. I like a cardigan for travel because it’s easy to get in and out of when temperatures fluctuate.
Flat shoes. For the airplane and the hotel. A pair with a pointy toe are comfortable and professional all at once.
Keep the other pieces simple: tailored trousers or skirts and tops that are comfortable and professional. Assume that you can wear each bottom at least twice; assume that every outfit needs to go from work to dinner. And toss in some yoga pants and a tee for the hotel.
Finally, keep in mind that when you are traveling, you are meeting with people who do not see you on a daily basis, and you have a limited time with them to make the best possible impression. Choose clothes that are perhaps slightly more dressy than what you might wear to the office — wool trousers instead of jeans, say — in order to make the best impression. Don’t overdress, but don’t sell yourself short. A cashmere sweater and wool trousers and tailored flats is an easy, casual, professional look, and one that travels well.
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