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What to Pack For a Business Trip

Exactly What to Pack on Your Next Business Trip

It's all about packing smarter, not harder. We've partnered with White House Black Market to show you everything you need in your suitcase to make your next work trip as smooth and stylish as possible.

If you have a hard enough time packing for a vacation, packing for a work trip can feel infinitely more intimidating. Between back-to-back meetings and constant networking, it's important to dress like you mean business. In other words, your usual athleisure travel uniform just isn't going to cut it here. What will? Versatile, transitional pieces that will help you feel confident and comfortable while looking polished all day long. Ahead, we put together an easy packing checklist, along with outfit ideas, that will make going from plane cabin to conference room a little less daunting.

OPT FOR ONE-AND-DONE PIECES

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A smart way to maximize packing space and minimize outfit effort is by looking for one-and-done silhouettes, like dresses or jumpsuits. A little black dress is always sophisticated, and this sheath dress takes it to the next level with a dimensional floral print and asymmetrical neckline. A sleeveless cut is ideal, as it allows you to easily layer a blazer or jacket on top as necessary, minus any uncomfortable arm bulk.

CHOOSE WRINKLE-FREE FABRICS

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It's hard to communicate a composed demeanor when your appearance says otherwise. Pack pieces in fabrics like ponte knit or jersey, that not only resist wrinkles, but also retain their shape no matter how long you wear them. A black knit dress is sleek and smooth — no steamer necessary.

MIX AND MATCH NEUTRAL COLORS

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Maximize your outfit options by packing timeless separates in black and white. A white blazer and matching white trousers create a cohesive suit together, but could just as easily be worn separately. The bright white hue feels fresh for Spring, as do the strong shoulders of the blazer and cropped length of the trousers. Add contrast to the ensemble with a black bow blouse.

BRING ONE STATEMENT PIECE

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All it takes is one standout piece to transform an outfit, and make it feel entirely new. A white blouse with a front bow is on-trend while still remaining refined, especially when worn with just a classic black blazer and black pencil skirt.


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