Traveling for work can be a lot of fun. However, I think one of the most stressful parts of it is packing.
Professional wardrobes tend to wrinkle easily. I mean, you look at them and they wrinkle and if your company only allows you to bring a carry on, well you’re pretty SOL at this point.
Through quite a bit of trial and error, I’ve finally managed to find the perfect work, travel outfit. Something wrinkle free, professional and takes up minimal space.
My first tip: go for neutrals. This way you don’t have to worry about putting together a matching outfit and you can reuse the staples with other other, more casual outfits throughout your trip.
For wrinkle free shirts, go for cotton. I think there’s a stigma that cotton isn’t professional but it is. Trust me. Go for a tailored, well fitting shirt and no one will care what the material is.
Also, invest in a pair of ankle pants. Don’t ask why, just do it.
I stayed away from them for a few years thinking I couldn’t pull them off because I’m short which was a big mistake. If you find a nice pair, they look good on any shape or size and are great with heels or flats.
When it comes to travel though, skip the heels and pack a pair of flats. They take up less room and whether you’ll be standing or sitting in a conference room, your feet will thank you (especially if they’re still swollen from flying).
I’ve found that more and more women are wearing flats rather than heels in the work place so don’t worry about people thinking it’s an unprofessional look.
For jewelry, stick with simple staples.
Skip the costume jewelry and a makeup case full of options.
Bring simple, classic pieces that can be worn dressed up or down and that you can wear on the plane without setting off the machines at TSA.
This outfit took maybe a quarter of the main section of my carry on and I spent a total of 5 minutes getting ready in the morning.
When you travel for work, you serve as a representative for your company so you don’t want to roll into a meeting as a wrinkled mess, hobbling around in your heels with your swollen feet.
You want to look classic and put together. No one needs to know how unstressful putting your outfit together was. It will be our little secret, PLL style.
If you’re interested here’s what (or similar to) what I’m wearing:
Blazer (similar and the most gorgeous color – I think I need to get this one)