Every time I do a style presentation, one of the questions that always comes up is about packing essentials:
How do I pack a well-edited, versatile wardrobe without trying to jam my entire closet into my suitcase?
As you know, essentials is a pretty loose term and can be interpreted differently by different people, with different styles. My packing essentials tend to remain consistent with small tweaks based on my destination and length of travel.
In this case, it’s a long 4-day spring weekend in NYC for both work and fun. Casual work days interspersed with business related meetings and cocktails, followed by fun with long-time girlfriends and old colleagues at night! While I generally try to keep my travel wardrobe as tight as possible, with such varied activities and plans, I definitely had to account for a few extra outfits.
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 (stock was low, so in case it’s sold out here’s a SIMILAR option!) // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 (unfortunately, my own McQ by Alexander McQueen version featured HERE quickly sold out but #10 is a good alternative!) // 11 (old; here is a SIMILAR STYLE + a STEAL version!) // 12 // 13 // 14 (such a great dress for the price… I’ve been wearing mine for close to 3 years!) // 15 // 16 (these are such a great substitute for the gorgeous splurge AQUAZZURA version) // 17
One thing that I cannot emphasize enough, no matter where your travel destination and the length of your trip: select a single color palette to work with. It makes it so much easier to pick what makes the suitcase cut and once you arrive at your destination, any of your selected pieces will work together allowing you to mix + match. Let’s not forget that one color palette keeps you from having to pack too many shoes– those are definitely the worst suitcase hogging offenders!
For my New York City weekend packing, I decided to go with camel, black, white and blue.
Obviously, I can’t go anywhere with my trusty LEATHER JACKET. This camel one I picked up for a steal at ASOS! Between early-morning travel and cold(er) mornings and late-nights, I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this guy. Regardless of climate, I always recommend traveling with a lightweight jacket. Leather, denim or blazer… they’re all good style options and I promise, you won’t regret having that topper with you when the sun goes down.
Another great packing tip is to travel with a large and durable tote bag that be transitioned to a daytime bag once you get off the plane. I also like to use leather pouches stashed inside the larger tote (like this WHISTLES BLUE CLUTCH) to hold my basics: keys, wallet, lip balm, etc. When it’s time to transition from work to play, I just slip out the clutch and leave the bulky tote bag behind.
Pick up any useful tidbits? Good. If not, sorry… there’s always next time! Now, this girl has got to get some beauty sleep before my crack of dawn flight…
See you on the other side.