Business Attire on the Go
Six business wardrobe item that you shouldn't leave home without.
By: Kayleigh Kulp
Don't fret. You can take everything you need while minimizing your load and packing more easily. Just stick to a few wardrobe staples. In order for an item to make the cut, it should serve multiple purposes, go with everything and make sense for your itinerary.
"If you can use that article of clothing only once, it shouldn't be packed," said Kathleen Ameche, author of The Woman Road Warrior: A Woman's Guide to Business Travel. "You're not always going to be in the same city with the same client. Don't worry about having a different outfit for every day."
Also consider your meetings' attendees, purpose and tone to decide whether you'll mostly dress up or more casually, said Anne McAlpin, travel expert with PackItUp.com. Travelers should stick to a neutral color scheme, like brown, black, beige or navy, pack solid-colored shirts and tanks and bring a couple of small accessories that make outfits look different, McAlpin said. Women should consider a pashmina scarf, which doubles as a belt or plane blanket. For men, consider different ties.
Here are six 6 wardrobe basics no business traveler should leave home without:
Reversible Leather Belt
Men should check out the lightweight Outback jacket from Scottevest.com, which features 20 pockets for cell phones, tablets, an iPad or MacBook Air, magazines, books, keys and sunglasses. Not only may it eliminate the need for a personal item on the plane, but "you won't ever have to worry about putting your extra bag through checking or stowing it away where something might get damaged," sayids Ian Aronovich, CEO of GovernmentAuctions.org.
Three Piece Suit
Dark Denim Pants or Skirt
"People really look at the top of you not the bottom of you. Dark denim looks fancier than lighter denim, and it looks great with anything," McAlpin said.
Quick Dry, No Sweat Exercise Outfit
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