what to wear: business travel
You’re heading to an important business meeting and will be taking the first flight out tomorrow. You don’t have much time to “think” about what you’re going to wear or pack but regardless, traveling for business is different than traveling for pleasure. You must always convey a professional appearance — what you wear while you’re navigating the airline terminals really is important as you could run into your boss, future boss, or even an important vendor or business associate.
Of course, comfort and wrinkle-free are important considerations. Here is non-black outfit to try that works really well for women who are small busted and have long waists:
- Ann Taylor Loft taupe striped pants ($80) — these are a great neutral and the vertical lines make your legs look longer, thereby balancing your longer waist. The fabric is a poly blend so wrinkles are minimal.
- If you have any modal jersey knits in your wardrobe, you’ll know how comfy they are. JCrew just came out with this cute cowlneck tee ($40) which we show in blush. A pretty blue, navy or persimmon would also look good. Wear a long necklace to pull it together.
- A simple belted cardigan would certainly work but I love the lines and style of the ivory Free People Swingin’ Jacket ($150). It’s a cotton-blend knit which means it’s comfy and wrinkle-proof. As with all Free People designs, it’s rather unique with a mix of textures in the fabric so this is perfect for those of you who like to show a more funky side of yourself.
- For shoes, you need something that you can easily slip on and off for getting through those airport security lines. Paul Green makes some very comfy and supportive shoes – these taupe suede Elsha flats are perfect. A great budget alternative are the Pasiouss taupe flats by Steve Madden (not shown.)
Last but not least, if you’re traveling for business, you definitely want a good quality carry-on. I LOVE Tumi – yes, they are expensive but their lost and found tracer and lifetime warranty are awesome. Instead of black, go for a different color like this “sahara” international carry-on. Most carry-ons only carry about 2 outfits; if your trip is longer, you can go up to 24″ easily. And, don’t forget that all your beauty and hair essentials need to be in 3 fl oz containers in your carry-on — this 3 fl oz beauty kit is perfect to have for those last minute trips.
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